We have discussed Intel a number of times on this board and usually the community as a whole has a negative view of Intel, espcially when the discussions are around the topic of Intel vs ARM.I have said in the past and I am sticking to my guns and that is I am not betting against Intel.With constant gloomy news on the economy lately, it is good to see positive results coming out of Intel and that they are hiring.
Good stuff, Bolaji. I think reading the first takeaway is important for those people who are declaring that the PC is dead and tablets will take over, etc. While obviously a lot of consumers in the US are buying tablets, the PC form factor makes far more sense in emerging markets due to their reliability, durability, easy ability to share amongst multiple users, and long-term value.
Anyhow, even despite the kind of uncertain times, it is obvious Intel is still doing well. And long-term, I believe they'll certainly be more of a player when it comes to non-PC form factors. I am confident in Intel's ability to adapt to new challenges; they've certainly overcome many over the years.
1. "China is now the number one PC consumption market in the world, while Brazil has become number 3."
What about the production? Where are Intel's customers located and how does that geogrpahy look like? Is it still skewed heavily towards China?
2.Traditionally PC(Desktop/laptop) companies like HP, Dell, Lenovo seem to be slow in moving to tablet/smartphone like form factor. Apple apart, the handset companies are miles ahead of the giants of the PC when it comes to Tablets/Smartphones(Motorola, Samsung, HTC, RIM, Sony). How can Intel rely on its allies from the PC industry to help it capture the lion's share when the dust settles in the PC vs Tablet war. Intel needs design wins in handset manufacturing companies and quick.
3.The industry leaders from semiconductor and electronics manufacturing certainly seem to have managed the economic slowdown very well, as indicated in the results, supply situation and cash flows. Is there a correlation between the financial and capital market dips and the semiconductor industry performance? Would be intersting to see if it lags and by how much.
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