Intel's Slow Waltz at the Smartphone Dance

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Re: Intel's more than smartphone
The Source   1/28/2013 9:30:49 AM
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You've noted that you think Intel has what it takes to expand its smartphone chip business. I hope you are correct. I'm a bit more apprehensive, though, because Intel made a previous attempt to expand into this area and ended up having to sell its chip business for mobile handhelds and the cellphone market to Marvell Technology Group.  My question is what is going to make Intel succeed this time around?  In fact the market has now changed significantly with Qualcomm's chips dominating this market. I think Intel recognizes that it has to get into the smartphone market because it needs to crack open that revenue stream, and it may increase its chip business in this market because it barely has any market share to begin with. I look forward to the next two years to see if Intel can succeed in getting more of its chips inside smartphones.

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Re: Losing focus
The Source   1/28/2013 9:15:06 AM
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Taimoorz,

You have noted that you think Intel wants to focus on its core business which is PCs and laptops. Let me remind you that Intel made a previous attempt to be more successful in the mobile handset market when it had a communications and application chip business for the mobile handhelds and cellphone market. As it turned out, that business flopped and Intel had to sell it to Marvell Technology Group. When Intel sold the business it said it wanted to focus on its core business, and as we know the PC business has slumped significantly. I think companies have to be thinking ahead of the curve, and currently I'm not sure Intel is doing a good job of reacting to the shifts that are currently occurring in the marketplace. 

Thanks for your comments.

 

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Re: Intel's more than smartphone
TaimoorZ   1/28/2013 7:31:54 AM
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" Intel's future hinges on more than PCs and smartphones as the company laid out during its conference call."

@Bolaji: Apart from PCs and Smartphones, what is Intel trying to get into? Are they looking to enter into chips for gaming consoles etc? It would be interesting if they do try to shift their focus away from PCs and Laptops.

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Re: Intel's more than smartphone
TaimoorZ   1/28/2013 7:28:53 AM
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"Smartphone is a tough consumer market, it may be not be vey easy to bring from prduct design to market and production the chips for smartphones.."

@SP: I agree. While it may seem easy on paper, entering into the smartphone business may involve a great change in the entire supply chain and operating procedures for Intel. What has worked for them in the PCs and laptop market may not necessarily work in the Smartphones market.

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Losing focus
TaimoorZ   1/28/2013 7:24:43 AM
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I don't blame Intel entirely for their slowness in terms of going for the smartphone market. It shows that they're careful of what they do. I think the biggest issue here is the fact that Intel doesn't want to lose focus on it's core strength which is manufacturing processors and chips for the laptops and PCs and entering into the smartphone market may cause them to lose focus on this.

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Re: Intel's more than smartphone
SP   1/28/2013 6:38:47 AM
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While Intel is a dominant player in computer chips, but when it comes to smartphones I guess they are not there. Smartphone is a tough consumer market, it may be not be vey easy to bring from prduct design to market and production the chips for smartphones..

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mfbertozzi   1/28/2013 2:46:29 AM
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It will be presented in a few weeks, in Europe at GSM event in Madrid. Quite curious to assist to what will happen in terms of market's reactions, competitors' reactions and endusers feeling.

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Re: Intel's more than smartphone
pocharle   1/27/2013 10:25:05 PM
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We'll see how that goes. I don't predict much success with it.

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Re: Intel's more than smartphone
mfbertozzi   1/27/2013 9:33:35 AM
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@pocharle: I agree, after all we are assisting to unpredictable events which are impacting, in a such way, this market; for instance, Mozilla smartphone advent, is another event probably ever been considered only a few months ago for most of us.

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Re: Intel's more than smartphone
pocharle   1/26/2013 11:50:00 AM
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I don't know.

Sometimes what seems to be a simple pivot mght not be. Especially when you factor in the resource costs involved with the move.

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