Despite Key Changes, Intel Remains In Strong Position
Jan 11, 2008
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Intel has gone through dramatic changes since the beginning of 2006, including hiring a new CEO in Paul Otellini, reports In-Stat. Other major changes include significant cost cutting resulting from increased competition in microprocessors from AMD, a completely new product line-up, and new product strategies to enable expansion of the x86 architecture into new market segments such as discrete graphics, consumer electronics, and ultra mobile devices (UMDs), the high-tech market research firm says.

"Despite the challenges, Intel remains in a good position to transition with the market and remain a driver in the direction of technology, if it can remain competitive in these new markets," says Jim McGregor, In-Stat analyst.

Research by In-Stat found the following:

  • Intel's LPIA microprocessors are the keys to both Intel's future microprocessors and consumer SoC solutions.
  • The first product in the Larrabee product family, which is targeting graphics, will bring together a new high-speed on-chip interconnect, LPIA processor core(s), graphics cores(s) and die stacking for cache memory, a first from Intel.
  • Although Intel has changed its memory strategy to focus on NAND, In-Stat believes that Intel will likely exit the discrete Flash market within a few years because of difficultly making a positive ROI.


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