AGN Hardware heeft een column geschreven over het recente falen van Intel, met als climax de complete stop op de levering van Pentium III processors in de maand februari. Volgens de schrijver heeft Intel vier fatale Fehlers gemacht: het doordrukken van Rambus, de slechte performance van de i820 chipset met SDRAM, de vertraagde release van de i820 chipset en de slechte levering van Coppermine processors:
Years of being at the top with no challenger that could even come close to touching them made them lower their guard. They started to care less for the consumer and instead focused on locking down the microprocessor market. Of course, this meant that their new processors contained less and less innovation. Subsequent processor upgrades where accompanied only by increases in the clock frequency, while containing little in the way of extraordinary new features.
So how did Intel go from being the leader of an industry that everybody was trying to catch up to, to finding themselves lagging behind one of their fiercest rivals? Lots of bad luck, poor judgment, product development problems, and for the first time, a company that actually had better technology than Intel.