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Intel says renewed competition from AMD will keep it sharp

Posted on Friday, July 28 2017 @ 16:06:12 CEST by

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During yesterday's earnings call, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Vivek Arya asked Intel CEO Brian Krzanich about the impact of AMD's new product lineup. Krzanich replied AMD "raised up a bit" with their more recent products but suggested this will only make Intel stronger and better in the end:
Vivek Arya - Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Thank you for taking my question. Brian, for my first one, my question is on the competitive landscape in the data center. There's been a lot of discussion about AMD perhaps posing more competition than it has in the last several years. And I appreciate it's early days and you have a very strong product out, but are you hearing about them more in your customer conversations? Is that a more real threat than it has been in the past? Because they did have an event, they did show up with 10-plus potential customers. And in some of the benchmark data, they are showing some performance that is perhaps better at a lower price. So how real is that competition and how are you reacting to it?

Brian M. Krzanich - Intel Corp.
Sure, Vivek. I think in general, we see competition across almost every one of our platforms, whether it be in the data center or in the client business, and it's come from a variety of sources.

You're right, AMD has raised up a bit with their more recent products, but you see us responding. This is a traditional performance battle that we're very accustomed to, and we're comfortable in reacting and competing very aggressively in. And so you see us coming out with our Xeon Scalable. You'll see us make maneuvers like we accelerate our Core i9 products, which are all the way up to 18 thread systems on the client based products. So I'd tell you that yes, we're seeing increased competitive pressure from a variety of places. But that actually will just drive us even harder, make us better in the end. And we're comfortable that we can make the right products to deliver the right performance against those.



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