It was a time before Apple’s iPhone and other smartphones roamed the earth when people relied on their PCs for internet access. At the time, it was said that Intel was the Gold Standard for chipmakers. But that was then and these days Intel doesn’t have the same reputation. Intel has also had issues with its 10nm process node and has delayed the release of its 7nm manufacturing process until 2022.
Last week, Intel CEO Bob Swan left the company on February 15. His replacement, Pat Gelsinger, returns to the herd; an Intel veteran with over 30 years of experience at Intel, Gelsinger recently spent his days as CEO of VMare. Although Gelsinger won’t take over until the middle of next month, he’s apparently feeling the warmth of Apple’s M1 chip. The latter is equipped with 16 billion transistors. Compare that to the 11.8 billion transistors that are sardinated in the A14 Bionic (which was a 38% increase over the 8.5 billion transistors found in the A13 Bionic).
The Apple M1 is an impressive chip
Maybe Intel’s next CEO was just trying to motivate company employees. The point of the commentary is that Intel is a company that produces chips, chips, and chips. As a result, the chips it produces are expected to be better than those designed by Apple, which makes different products to improve the lives of consumers. In other words, Gelsinger takes a look at the M1 and says how could we allow ourselves to be outdone by a company that doesn’t really focus on chips and instead focuses on consumer electronics.