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Intel Eliminates Health Wearables Division

20 Juillet 2017

Another source added that the company's cutting-edge business division, New Technologies Group, had come to the conclusion that capital and energy would be better used in augmented reality efforts.

Intel had entered the wearables market with a lot of expectations after the $100m acquisition of Basis Science back in 2014. Three years later, the chipmaker has made a decision to call it quits, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC.

"Intel is in no way stepping back from the wearables business". TechCrunch reported that the company was stepping away from fitness trackers and smartwatches back in November, but Chipzilla strongly denied it. According to a new report, the US semiconductor manufacturing firm has completely shut down the unit in early July after supposedly laying off approximately 80 percent of its employees from the Basis group last November.

CNBC, citing sources, said that the New Technologies Group is now focusing on augmented reality. Numerous employees were apparently given the opportunity to be reassigned to other parts of the company.

Intel did not immediately respond to a request for comment. But Intel never competed with Apple Inc (AAPL) and Fitbit (FIT) as it had hoped.

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Cela faisait des années que les associations de lutte contre le Sida réclamait cette mesure. Elles se félicitent de cette décision d'Agnès Buzyn, la nouvelle ministre de la santé.

The Basis Peak smartwatch, which was in development at the time of Intel's acquisition suffered some major setbacks in its lifespan, eventually being recalled thanks to overheating issues past year.

"I want to be able to leave my phone at home", Intel CEO Brian Krzanich told reporters in January 2014 during a keynote the Consumer Electronics Show.

Intel continues to advertise its Curie chip for connected internet of things devices as well as partnerships with watch brands like Tag Heuer, New Balance and Oakley.

Intel is set to report its second-quarter earnings on July 27.

Intel Eliminates Health Wearables Division