Intel Might Be Starting to Take AMD's New Processors Seriously

Considering how PC sales have trended over the last several years, it's hard to fault investors for generally backing Intel's (INTC)  strategy -- outlined last spring in a memo from CEO Brian Krzanich, and discussed in detail at this year's Investor Day -- to pare its PC-related investments and direct more resources towards data center, automotive and embedded opportunities.

But this strategy was always a little riskier than many assumed, both due to how financially important Intel's PC CPU business remains and because it was unfurled just as AMD (AMD) was getting ready to launch CPUs that put it on much better footing in the high-end and mid-range segments than it has been for many years. Now it looks as if Intel is rethinking its stance a little, even if doing so will probably lead to some near-term margin pressure....856 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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