Intel is doubling the size of its research factory D1X to help expand its production capacity despite falling personal computer sales.
Rather than hedging in the face of market uncertainty, Intel is betting the company on its manufacturing prowess. The frenzied work in Hillsboro is the physical manifestation of that gamble.
"It's kind of a quandary right now for them. Their primary advantage, some would argue their only advantage now, is manufacturing," said Michael McConnell, an investment analyst who follows Intel for Pacific Crest Securities in Portland. "You spend right now for advantages three to four years down the road."
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