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Intel’s chip making plants in Ohio can accommodate eight chip factories costing $100 billion.
The global chip crisis opened doors for a never-ending chip war where some of the biggest industry leaders are jostling to get a greater foothold in the segment. Needless to say, Intel is one such company with a renewed focus on manufacturing chips to meet rising demand. The move is said to give AMD, its biggest rival in the server and PC market a jerk, analysts say.
As part of its grand plans, Intel will make monumental investments in chip technologies in the next four years. The Santa Clara, Calif.- based company said on Thursday it expects revenue from its segment housing PCs to grow in low to mid-single digits, and its data center and AI business to grow in high teens from 2023 through 2026.
AMD’s market capitalization surpassed Intel’s last week when it closed its $50 billion Xilinx deal. The semiconductor industry giant is now about $1 billion short of Intel’s $182 billion market capitalization. When it comes to market capitalization, both the companies are far from Nvidia’s $585 billion.
In the servers segment, AMD had less than 5 percent market share in 2018 which has now grown to 15 percent. According to WestPark Capital analyst Ruben Roy, this could go as high as 25 percent in the near future. In the PCs segment, he expects AMD’s market share to peak the mighty 20s from its current 18 percent to 20 percent range.
The analyst expects Intel to catch up on chip manufacturing process tech in a short time.
Intel’s ambitious roadmap doesn’t sit well with the Wall Street which has expressed its dismay. Analysts believe Intel’s chip plans lack “credibility” amid tough rivalry, and include muted gross margin growth and aggressive spending.
According to Piper Sandler analyst Harsh Kumar, Intel and AMD’s chip making plans pose no imminent threat to Nvidia. This may be an inflection point for Intel but it is not expected to make any waves anytime soon.
Once an industry leader in the semiconductor segment, Intel was dethroned by Samsung Electronics in 2021 for the first time since 2018, Gartner data showed. AMD, on the other hand, moved up the ladder to the sweet tenth spot from 14.
Wall Street seems less than giddy about Intel’s aggressive spending in the chip making segment. The company wants to gain a greater share in the foundry business, but appears indisposed to match the rivals due to ongoing negative cash flow levels. Its stock may see regular plunges before any sign of better times appear in the future.