5 Intel Products That Could Get Cut In Reshuffle


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Intel, the renowned chipmaker is looking into cutting more products from their esteemed line as part of a reshuffling effort as the company looks towards a post-PC world. There have been many product ideas throughout the years that Intel have deemed a colossal failure and axed from their product line such as the WiMax, OnCue TV streaming service and the smartphone chips. Last month, Intel has promised to review and cut more products from their line as part of a company-wide plan to restructure which includes laying off an estimated 12,000 employees. This initiative was introduced to cease production on things like the Atom smartphone chips in order to redirect its resources to making more profitable products in areas like servers, hybrid devices, gaming PCs, and 5G connectivity.

The 5 most likely products to get the boots are as follows: Itanium chips, education tablets and PCs, Maker boards, Wi-Di, and Atom chips for servers. The Itanium server chips user base is dwindling and with most moving on to better and more powerful alternatives, Intel is openly wooing customers to move on to the x86 Xeon chips. Education tablets and PCs were all the rage back in the 2000s as part of a collective to compete with upstart One Laptop Per Child which offered a low-cost XO laptop, with tablets and laptops being mass produced and cheap yet sophisticated nowadays to replace these specialized PCs the time to move on has arrived.

Maker boards are definitely in style with the do-it-yourself maker community but CEO Brian Krzanich’s vision hasn’t resonated with the maker community and lags behind other products such as Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone. This could lead to products like Intel’s Edison and Galileo to eventually get the boot. Intel’s Wi-Di is rendered irrelevant by Google’s Chromecast and with it not being able to work in living rooms and with emerging wireless technologies like WiGig which is much faster than Wi-Fi, Wi-Di may already be dead.

Finally Atom chips by Intel hasn’t been updated since 2013. The chips aren’t being updated anymore for smartphones and tablets and were originally intended for microservers but the low-end Xeon E3 and Xeon-D series of chips are much more powerful and as such are now the preferred alternatives. However if ARM who designs chips based on competing architecture poses a serious server threat in the near future, Atom could make a comeback and be reintroduced in data centers.

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