Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has always been considered a behemoth in the billion-dollar semiconductor manufacturing industry. They have been around for more than 30 years, allowing them to gain an advantage in experience over their rivals. Although Intel has had some difficulties in the last few months, they have been working on a number of projects that enable them to target new market opportunities. This is possible as they expand to the mobile industry which is beyond their primary strengths where they generally focus on enterprise and desktop computing.
Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) Tablets with Intel Processors
Dell is now one of Intel's major connections. Dell has just released four new tablets and they all run on Intel processors. The Android tablets use Atom Z2760 Clover Trail, a processor chip from Intel that aims to help conserve battery. The tablets, compared to the other Dell Android machines, are less expensive.
The Intel chip that powers the tablets were developed to compete against the processors built by Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) which are ARM-based (NASDAQ:ARMH). Clearly, Dell has shut out the ARM processors as they chose Intel - a move that may have helped the Intel stock to get a boost. Of course, this is good news for potential Intel investors.
Intel-Powered Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) Ultrabooks
Apart from Dell, Intel is also a part of HP's Ultrabooks, which are designed for businesspeople. In early October, HP has announced the arrival of a new series which will operate using Intel Core processors (4th generation). Two of the Ultrabooks come with Intel's vPro technology. Ultrabooks are known for their sleek yet sturdy design. With Intel onboard, the laptops are expected to provide with optimal battery performance and swift response. HP collaborating with Intel is definitely positive and exciting for those who are still thinking or hesitating about whether or not to invest in Intel stock.
Introducing a New Chip
Another chip has also been unveiled by Intel which is known as the Quark SoC x1000, a part of the Galileo board. It was recently presented in Rome and is trademarked as an Irish-designed chipset. Intel has collaborated with IDA Ireland for three years, and this particular chip is the result of their hard work. In connection to this, the Intel Galileo board was just recently presented in Maker Faire in Rome, Italy. The conference was headed by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.
The board is sort of a flagship product for Intel as it is the very first product to be launched in a new series of Arduino-compatible boards, which will feature Intel architecture. The development tools and software from Arduino are designed for artists and individuals who do their projects all on their own. The Galileo board provides the Arduino and Intel community to work closely in the upcoming years so that they can offer more products for their supporters. These supporters often do not have sufficient technical backgrounds and yet the teamwork strives to produce something that will meet the expectations of the customers.
During the introduction of the Galileo board, Krzanich also declared his willingness to donate about 50,000 pieces of the Galileo boards to a thousand universities around the world. This is expected to take place within the next 18 months.
More New Customers
Intel has just released their fourth generation processor series to the people of South Africa. The Intel Core products are used to power devices namely the Ultrabook, PC systems, and the 2-in-1 tablet. The release was announced on October 4th in Johannesburg and is anticipated to increase the appeal of Intel to investors.
The new series of processors from the company boasts great improvements which include more battery life, faster wake up rate, and enhanced visuals. They are embedded in a much thinner device, which seems like what most customers are searching for these days. The new processors target not only the professionals in South Africa, but also the students who are currently educating themselves on video sharing and editing. The processors are advertised to be 16 times faster than a PC that is at least 4 years old.
Intel has also made public that they intend to expand two product lines namely Zeon Phi 3100 and 3500. This is yet to happen next year, but the anticipation may help increase Intel's value. With the Xeon Phi expansion and the other updates, Intel stock is definitely a buy.
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