1996 – The Technology, the Brand, the Markets, the Results
In 1996, Intel’s market value more than doubled—to $111 billion. We are pleased to report another outstanding year at Intel. Revenues totaled $20.8 billion, up 29 percent from $16.2 billion in 1995. Earnings per share rose 44 percent over last year, to $5.81.
Our performance in 1996 was driven by strong demand for our Pentium® and Pentium® Pro processors, which provide the brains for computers from servers to home PCs. We expanded the Pentium processor family in 1996 with a new 200-MHz Pentium processor and shifted the entry-level chip to the 120-and 133-MHz Pentium processors.
We continued to invest heavily in manufacturing facilities that allow us to deliver more powerful microprocessors while keeping PC system costs low. In 1996, we announced plans for two new manufacturing sites: a new state-of-the-art wafer fab in Fort Worth, Texas, and an assembly and test facility in San Jose, Cost Rica.
Driving connected PC growth.
About 70 million PCs were sold around the world in 1996, and a substantial majority of those PCs contained Intel® microprocessors This year, one trend in particular has driven this PC market growth: the spread of networked computing via the popularity of the Internet and internal corporate networks. In fact, 1996 was the year in which PC manufacturers and users around the world embraced the concept that computing is, by definition, networked.
R&D lab to the computing industry.
We at Intel have long known that our growth depends on the continued expansion of the PC platform’s capabilities. The more users demand of PCs, the more power will be required to drive them, and the more microprocessors will be sold. In response, we have expanded Intel’s role in the computing industry over the last several years.
Read the full 1996 Intel Annual Report.