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The 10 Biggest Intel News Stories Of 2021

Many but not all of the chipmaker’s biggest developments of 2021 — which included a new manufacturing strategy and a major reorganization of business units — stemmed from Intel’s appointment of Pat Gelsinger as CEO early in the year.

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An Unforgettable Year For Intel

2021 was a bigger year than usual for Intel for multiple reasons: new CEO, new manufacturing strategy, new business units and a new CPU architecture, just to name a few.

In recent years, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker has faced increased competition from AMD, Nvidia and companies like Amazon and Apple that are taking advantage of alternative architectures like Arm. What has aided the competition are chip foundries like TSMC and Samsung, both of which have gained an edge over Intel in next-generation chip manufacturing capabilities.

[Related: Intel’s 5 Biggest Announcements At CES 2022 ]

In a bid to fight the competition and reclaim its title of “unquestioned leadership,” Intel’s board of directors appointed 30-year company veteran Pat Gelsinger as the company’s new CEO, which brought about many but not all of the chipmaker’s biggest developments in 2021.

What follows are the 10 biggest Intel news stories of 2021, which includes developments around Gelsinger’s appointment as CEO as well as big changes to the company’s product portfolio, strategy, leadership and organizational structure.

 
 
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