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As we begin, let me remind everyone that today’s discussion contains forward-looking statements based on the environment as we currently see it and as such does include risks and uncertainties. Please refer to our press release for more information on the specific risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially. It also want to remind you of our Annual Intel Developers Forum scheduled for September 13 through the 15 th in San Francisco, and hope to see many of you there. For information on this event, please visit our website or contact Intel Investor Relations directly.With that, let me now hand it over to Paul. Paul Otellini Thanks, Kevin. In Q2, Intel posted its best quarterly results ever as the economics of the world continue to reflect renewed economic momentum. Intel growth continues to run ahead of economic growth, reflecting what we believe is a fundamental shift driven by Internet adoption. Our second quarter was up 5% from Q1 versus a seasonal norm of down 2%. In addition to continuing year-over-year growth in the consumer segments, this quarter we benefited from a broad-based return of the enterprise and small business segments. Our server business had a record quarter, showing strong sequential unit growth and strength from customers opting for richer configurations that drove an improved mix within the server category. The return on investment that our new server offerings deliver is extremely compelling and is a major reason for the strong demand we are experiencing. One example of the surging demand for servers is in the IP data centre segment, which grew 170% over Q2 of last year. As Internet traffic continues to boom, the cloud build out is accelerating in order to keep pace. In addition to servers, we also saw companies including small businesses refreshing their PCs. Like servers, this too was broad-based and was an important driver of improving product mix within our PC business last quarter. Our Atom business also performed very well growing 16% sequentially. Two important drivers were responsible. First, there was an inventory correction in Q1 that has now normalized. And second, we introduced dual core versions of Atom, which helped drive incremental demand and improve our mix within the Atom category.
Since launching the Atom processor two years ago, we have shipped approximately 75 million Atoms and we still expect the industry to ship around 40 million net books this year. In terms of global demand for PCs, many third-party analysts are now projecting annual growth of around 20%. Our plans are consistent with this number. For the last five quarters, we have seen PC sales, driven by consumer purchases, particularly notebooks. This trend is continuing, and in Q2 we saw a return of corporate purchases that offset seasonal and geographic patterns in the consumer segment.Our outlook for the year remains robust and we are planning for a seasonal second half. One quick word about the status of inventories. Across the supply chain, we’re very comfortably with the levels of inventory. In the channel, we saw a marked decline in inventories as currency volatility caused distributors to cut back on orders so inventories in the channel are very lean. As for inventories on our balance sheet, the increase was both conscious and important. Over 100% of the increase was from leading edge 32nm processors in anticipation of a seasonally stronger second half. At our Investor Day back in May, we talked a lot about the advantages we have with an integrated business model of both product design and manufacturing. Those advantages were very evident in our second-quarter financial results. Our product costs continued to decline very nicely, and when combined with the innovative product line up we have developed, we were able to enjoy healthy financial returns. Our process technology is and will continue to be a very important source of differentiation and earnings power for the company. In closing, I want to mention our upcoming product family codenamed Sandy Bridge. Last quarter I mentioned that we were broadly sampling this product to our customers. I’m more excited about Sandy Bridge than I have been on any product that the company has launched in a number of years. Read the rest of this transcript for free on seekingalpha.com