The only good news out of this piece is the projection of $600 Ultrabooks price point. Hopefully the adaptation of the ultrabooks will give the pcmarket a boost and in some way create the level of demand that will drive the job creation badly needed during these times.
I expected Q1 to be a slow season. This shouldn't be a big surprise. Q1 is historically a slow season. But with current trend such as smart phones and tablets, PC sales may continue to be a big problem. How will Intel be able to counteract? Will offering more foundry service be a solution for Intel?
I feel that this is an inflection point for both Intel and Microsoft. The will either adapt like IBM did, or get destroyed like Kodak. Intel has a very high cost business model that can only be supported by high-ASP parts. The ARM-based SOCs being producted by Samsung and Nvidia have tiny ASP compared to x86 CPUs. Even if Intel destroys the competition in this arena, it would be a pyrric victory, since they would lose money on each chip.
I agree. If I recall correctly, Otellini about a year ago was saying that $699 would be the mainstream price point. Now that they are talking $599 and even $499 for some models, I think this could have much more widespread appeal.
You do not seem to understand the semiconductor business model. The ASP means very little. It is revenue per wafer and profit per wafer what counts. Intel being ahead of everyone in process technology by at least one generation is well positioned to thrive in the coming years. Their Atom based SOC-s are more then a match to ARM based SOC-s and their advantage will grow in the coming years.
After a 20% price increase, a Samsung A6 processor costs $17.50 to Apple, die size 95.04mm2. The Intel Ivy Bridge-M-2 is 94mm2, and costs between $64 and $138. Your sweeping and dismissive comments are sad.
This comment is made as if only one semiconductor business model exist. Intel model different from Qalcomm, different from AMD, different from TSMC. The strong argument is that Intel's unique business model is not effective in the post-PC mobile area.
In my opinion, MSFT killed the PC market with Vista, then recovered with Win7, now killed it again with Win8. I was going to buy a laptop last xmas season, but could not find a new one without Win8. I finally found an old stock computer with Win7. There should be a non-touch screen alternative setup put into Win8. Call me obstructionist, but I find it a waste of time, unnecessarily having to learn something new that doesn't add to my productivity. Microsoft - you screwed up!
I wonder if you are among many of whom predicted the decline of Intel during the rise of AMD on 2005ish. Just don't accuse Intel of monopoly when Samsung and Nvidia get left behind by Intel this time around.
People who say that Win8 should not have removed "Start" button and should not have offered touch screen are probably of old age, or with mindset and fingers stuck at certain mode. How sad! These are the people who refuses to grow.