What it is: Intel processors since 2011 have a security flaw.
Intel sells the most processors for computers and data centers so they should have all the money they need to keep developing products that keep them far ahead of the competition. However, the reality is that Intel is slowly failing despite their massive marketshare and revenue.
First, Intel’s smaller rival, AMD, has been creating processors that are faster and cheaper than Intel’s processors. How a smaller rival with less resources can do that is unthinkable, yet it’s happening and has happened in the past when AMD processors surpassed Intel’s processors.
Second, while AMD and other manufacturers are moving to smaller processors (7mm), Intel is still transitioning from 14mm to 10mm processors. Despite their massive resources, Intel is essentially a generation behind their smaller rivals.
Third, Intel processors since 2011 have a security flaw that allows hackers to potentially access data on a computer. While security flaws can appear in any product, it looks particularly bad for Intel since they’re the leader and their products are used throughout the computing industry.
Fourth, Intel couldn’t create 5G modem chips that could compete against Qualcomm’s 5G modem chips, leading Intel to stop development altogether.
Fifth, Intel totally missed the mobile market when ARM processors took over the smartphone and tablet market. Now that ARM processors are getting faster, they’re exceeding Intel processors. It’s only a matter of time before Intel processors have no speed, energy, or cost advantage over ARM processors. When that happens, the world will shift to ARM processors and leave Intel processors behind.
For any company to experience so many failed opportunities, despite their massive revenue and resources, is unbelievable, yet it’s happening. Intel is slowly shooting themselves in the foot. They won’t go away overnight, but they’re losing in practically every market with a dismal future awaiting them. Intel is dying a slow death and they have no plans to reverse their fate.
The lesson to learn from Intel is that when you’re on top of the world, that’s the time to be the hungriest and most desperate as if you’re a startup. The minute you get complacent, that’s the beginning of the end.
Intel will one day become a quaint trivial answer along with Osborne Computers, CP/M-80, and Commodore 64. It was fun knowing Intel while they thrived. Unless a miracle occurs, Intel is on the slow path to a permanent decline.