Worries about the global economy, the IT spending environment, and a slowdown in PC sales – none of it mattered one tiny bit for Intel as it completed another record-breaking third quarter. In the third quarter – which ended on October 1 this year, and not September 25 as it did last year – the chip giant posted $14.2bn in sales …
>Intel's Atom processors and chipsets took a hit, falling 24 per cent to $269m
Intel's low end is still garbage as the market is saying. Lucky for Intel for the foreseeable future they can rely on high margin high end to carry the day. That said even Acer has had to admit the netbook market is all but dead.
It was designed to kill Via and it fulfilled its promise
Well, Atom was designed to destroy the threat from "cheap device which does what the punter needs". Which it did.
It was definitely not based on merit. It did it based on rock bottom pricing. Anyone tempted by the pricing had to take the poisonous pill of having their system specified to ensure that it will be crippled and non competitive. It is not surprising that the market is dead - that was by design. It is not surprising that this plot succeeded - if Intel joins forces with Microsoft the only thing that can stop them is WW3.
The job is done, Intel can continue to sell premium chips at premium prices even where they are utterly unnecessary. Microsoft can continue to sell bloated eyecandelicous bugware. Atom can now be confined to the CPU graveyard of history.
Otellini following a course from Ballmer's "GoodWeather School of Market Predictions"?