As long as I can remember, the processor to use was one designed by microprocessor giant Intel. Companies such as IBM and AMD tried to compete against Intel in the market that the latter dominated for years, but no one was able to dethrone the king of the hill. Eventually, IBM’s Cyrix division was sold to another company, and it was generally believed that AMD would follow in Big Blue’s footsteps.
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However, it seems that AMD still had a few tricks left up its sleeves. The newly designed Athlon series of processors has lived up to its potential as the chip that could ultimately knock Intel off of its golden pedestal. Manufacturers have begun regularly adopting the fledgling company’s flagship processor in some of their higher-end machines. Add to this the fact that as the demand for PCs remained at an all time high, Intel wasn’t able to meet the demand for the Pentium III processors after its launch, allowing AMD to take an even bigger bite out of Intel’s hold on the microprocessor market.

Intel now faces even more problems. Its next generation processor, the Pentium 4, has been delayed, and a problem with the Pentium III processors has caused them to be recalled. Meanwhile, AMD has continued to produce and ship its next generation processor, dubbed Thunderbird, to its customer base. In addition, AMD also hit Intel in the low-end market with the recent release of its Duron processor, which competes directly with Intel’s Celeron.

The point
Has AMD finally stepped out of Intel’s shadow? Will the once struggling company finally knock the processor king from the lofty perch it has held for so long? Tell us what you think! Post a note below or send us e-mail with your opinion.

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Every company hits a dry spell occasionally, and Intel is no exception. Do you believe that once Intel reverses its current slump it will once again completely dominate the processor market? Let us know what you think. Post a note below or send us e-mail with your thoughts.
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