Intel posted a better-than-expected set of Q4 2023 results. Revenue grew 10% to $15.4 billion, while adjusted earnings stood at $0.54 per share. The company projects revenue of $12.2 billion to $13.2 billion for Q1 2024.
Intel's Data Center and AI business is seeing headwinds as demand from the cloud computing and enterprise space has weakened a bit. Intel has also been losing share to rival AMD, whose Genoa server chips offer a better price-to-performance tradeoff versus Intel's current server processors. Over Q1 2023, the segment's revenues declined 39% versus last year to $3.7 billion. Although the market headwinds could persist in the near term, Intel could benefit from the launch of its new data-center-focused chips. The company indicated that the new Sierra Forest chip would start shipping in the first half of this year with the Granite Rapids chip slated to debut shortly after.
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Intel is best known for manufacturing and selling microprocessors used in servers, desktops, and notebooks. Microprocessors are a PC's central processing unit (CPU) or the brain behind the computer. A microprocessor is the single most important component that drives a computer's power and performance.
Microprocessors and chipsets used in servers, desktops, and notebooks are the major sources of revenue for the company.
AMD's Ryzen processors are in high demand of late. Ryzen CPUs have been able to deliver competitive power at a relatively lower cost. As such, AMD has gained some market share from Intel over the past few quarters. AMD is currently working on 7nm chips, which will roll out around the same time as Intel's 10 nm chips. AMD could gain further share in the coming quarters over Intel with its new chips, which it plans to launch for all major products - Ryzen, Radeon, and EPYC processors.
Beyond Ryzen, AMD's growth in the server market is more worrying for Intel. AMD's EPYC processors have been gaining a share amid strong performance at a lower price point.
Server virtualization is essentially server consolidation that enables running multiple applications on a single server instead of on multiple servers. Server virtualization is driving a mix shift to higher-end servers, which requires multi-core processor servers that tend to be more complex and more expensive than traditional single-core processors.
While PC shipments have declined drastically in the last few years, mobile shipments (particularly smartphones and tablets) have grown at a robust rate. Though the growth rate has slowed as developed markets near saturation, mobile shipments continue to expand at a fast pace.
Both Intel and AMD have moved away from the idea of integrated graphics. These chips pack GPU within the CPU leading to much better graphics performance than one can get from traditional integrated graphics.
New Windows versions are ARM-compatible which has opened up the market to ARM-based processor manufacturers. This market was traditionally been dominated by x86 processor architecture. This will challenge the dominance of Intel which could lose some market share in the future, on account of increasing competition.