The year 2000 was the year that underdog chipmaker, Advanced Micro Devices Inc., finally beat Intel Corp. to market with faster consumer PC chips. AMD has 17 percent of the PC market while nine of the top 10 PC makers, omitting Dell Computer Corp., buy from the company. Now, however, AMD needs to get a share of the higher-end corporate market or it will always be vulnerable to a price war in the PC sector. Intel, of course, has no intention of ceding market share gracefully.
For an analysis of the looming struggle by a Wall Street Journal writer, read zdnn.com.