Intel on the Couch
I wonder if the reason comes from Intel's heritage in semiconductor manufacturing.
That's where Intel really got its start, after all. Will Strauss of Forward Concepts Co. points out that you can see it in the founders' resumes. They were chemists. Chemical engineers. Physicists.
"At the time, it was the process that was the differentiator. That's what made you the king of the block: Our NMOS is better than your NMOS," Strauss says.
One of Intel's key achievements was its practice of building carbon-copy fabs, so that the facility building Pentiums here would be just like the facility there. The chips were complex, and so were the fabs, and Intel did well to reduce the number of variables involved.
But what happens when you integrate a new design team into the plan? They have to fit that mold, too. And sometimes, the changes can't be made to work.
That's just off the top of my head. It seems a little convoluted and psychoanalytical now that I've typed it out. But I keep coming back to the lesson that got drummed into my head way back when: Intel is a manufacturing company. There's a reason why they haven't gone fabless like the rest of the world. Maybe that affects the way they relate to the rest of the world.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading