On the desktop side, Intel may be coming off one of their worst years in recent history. With AMD beating Intel to 1GHz, processor shortages yielding price hikes, and the forced recall of the Pentium III 1.13 GHz, it seemed that Intel was doomed. Or so it appeared.

Intel may have taken a beating on the desktop market side, but as far as mobile processors go, Intel remained the uncontested top dog. With AMD only offering K6 series processors for mobile use and Transmeta products only slowly finding their way into systems, almost every notebook, be it budget or performance level, was powered by Intel. Yes, the year for Intel's mobile products has been good, but the lack of competition may not last long.

As we mentioned in our Comdex Fall 2000 Summary, AMD appears to be jumping into the high performance mobile market, as could be seen with ALi's prototype mobile DDR platform. Perhaps phasing out the K6 plus series processors in favor of faster Duron and/or Thunderbird parts, it may not be long until we see AMD take a jab at Intel once again.

Just exactly how does Intel prevent AMD from taking even more market share in which Intel has a stronghold? Examining Intel's latest strategies for the future, we can what Intel has up their sleeves, and it does not look bad at all. With the introduction of new mobile processor parts, new mobile chipsets, and even mobile chips set out to go head-to-head with Transmeta's latest offerings, Intel has quite a bit planed for 2001.

As you read this roadmap, please note that none of the information contained in this article is provided by Intel and the following roadmap may not hold true. Let’s just call it a set of “informed” guesses at what we think Intel will be doing in the next year.

An old dog: The Coppermine mobile Pentium III
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