Tomahawk, WI 03/25/2014 (Basicsmedia) – For the iconic microprocessor manufacturer, the decline of PCs has been all too sudden and unanticipated. With its entire research prowess in chip design and manufacturing, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) failed to take note of the shift towards mobile devices. No major smartphone or tablet manufacturer such as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) uses Intel microprocessors.

Fighting A Rearguard Action

For Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) to keep growing, it will have to find a market beyond its domination of the high-end microprocessor market. The desktop PC market has been in decline for a few years now and will continue to decline as per all available market statistics. Smartphones are outselling PCs six-to-one.

What Intel is trying to do is break into the smartphone market with its LTE chipsets. It’s XMM 7260 non-CDMA chipset is a very capable product with Category 6 LTE-Advanced support. It’s possible that Intel might supply this chip to Intel’s new iPhones.

Also, Intel is trying to get into niche areas such as smartwatches. It is trying to be a supplier of embedded chips for wearable devices, a growing market. With Intel’s processors, it’s possible to come up with a smartwatch design that will act both as a health and fitness monitor and one that acts as a secondary display and controller for smartphones.

New Ventures

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is trying to make it big in the hot new arena of Internet of Things that is attracting every big technology company including the likes of networking major Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO).

Its ‘2 in 1’ processor technology promises the best of both worlds: ease and long battery life of a tablet and the full-on processing capability of a laptop. It remains to be seen how many customers want the products launched by the likes of ASUS, Dell, and Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HPQ).

With its Ethernet products, Solid State Drives and Wireless products, Intel is more than a manufacturer of ultrafast i3, i5, and i7 processors.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) is trying to make a splash in Big Data with its Xeon line of high-end processors. With its announcement that its next generation Broadwell CPUs will have unlocked desktop versions with integrated Iris pro GPUs, Intel is trying to appeal to hardcore gamers who will go to any distance and spend any amount of money to acquire the latest in graphics technology.


The imminent launch of the Office for iPad suite from Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will likely hurt Intel as it might depress sales of WinTel PCs further.

However, with recent measures such as the announcement in January 2014 that it would reduce its headcount by 5,000, this 55-year-old Silicon Valley pioneer is nowhere near ‘retirement.’

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