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What went wrong with Intel?

Intel has recently been hit by a series of drawbacks (opens in new tab). The latest of them is its decision to sell its network and low power processor lines in order to recoup some of its cost.

Behind the doors, Intel has been losing billions through asset dumping or writing off those which are not bringing as much money as they should.

But it has cost the Santa-Clara company much more than just money. While Intel was busy concentrating allocating precious resources to non-core segments, more focused competitors like AMD or Texas Instruments were able to catch up and surpass Intel in many categories where it was once the undisputed leader.

By being unable to execute strategic plans properly, Intel has been caught ill-prepared. Already, the changes can be felt worldwide. An estimated 13,000 people (opens in new tab) are rumoured to be shown the door soon, in a bid to save $1 billion.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.