From being the greatest chipmaker, with a good track record – to being an unsecure, and untrustworthy corporation, Intel is a brand to worry about. Intel, a chip manufacturing company, has for a while been faced by lawsuits, product attacks, market competitions; and its misgivings. We took notice of the injustices it performs on its users – so here are the reasons why you should not use Intel.
Intel is faced with endless Lawsuits
Over the last quarter, Intel reported that it’s facing 32 lawsuits; from the Spectre and Meltdown attacks alone. Further to the company’s report, 30 of the lawsuits are consumer class-action suits from users affected by the security attacks – allegedly. Moreover, Gizmodo published a report covering the initial three consumer class-action suits filed against Intel. The lawsuits that had partially different claims, they were all aimed at voicing the complaints of the users, from the endless attacks of Intel products.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Intel was also charged with an age-discrimination lawsuit back in May 2018. The class-action lawsuit was filed after the company performed massive layoffs, which seemingly targeted older workers. Thus, in the last three years, the chipmaker has in the past laid off more than 10,000 workers – making up for a near 10% of its overall employee count.
Also, Qualcomm also filed lawsuits against Intel, claiming that the chipmaker copied their blueprints for chips used in Apple gadgets. According to a file published by The Register, Qualcomm filed a lawsuit demanding Intel to issue the original blueprints it used to manufacture the chips used in the 2018 iPhone devices. The battle between Intel and Qualcomm has been forthcoming, with the major struggle being who owns the original patent of chips to be manufactured. And all the time, Intel has been on the losing side, suggesting they might have been using someone else’s patents and blueprints to manufacture new chips.
Intel products have backdoors causing various vulnerability strikes
Since time memorial, Intel has been facing countless vulnerability strikes; with some dating back to the 1994’s elusive mathematical glitch on its processors. Recently, a new attack was reported, which leaks data, by using Intel’s processors speculative-execution functionalities, termed as Speculative Store Bypass. The attack that was also discovered by Google Project Zero confirmed that Intel, as well as other processors using ARM’s design, were victims. For instance the spectre and meltdown incident that was seemingly a universal attack for all processors, it was specifically designed to harm Intel and Apple chips.
Following the spectre and Meltdown attacks on Intel’s processors, a closer look at the speculative and predictive functionalities of microprocessors has revealed unknown, new attacks – ArsTechnica reports. And while Intel may struggle to remedy some of these attacks, we reckon these attacks will never end – unless they close all backdoors on its products and systems.
Elsewhere, Intel tarnished their trust reputation with consumers when they failed to report details of the spectre and meltdown incident to the US government. According to Reuters, the spectre and meltdown attack had happened, but the chip manufacturing company failed to issue a public statement. Regardless, the attack incident was later leaked to the public, thus, raising concerns from the US government about the company’s silence.
Intel is facing steep competition and delayed product releases
Recent market trends in the technology sector have revealed that Intel’s share capital has been dropping. According to reports, the main reason behind the expected drop in share capital is their growing habit of delaying product releases. A move that has been vexing the company’s investors lately. And while the company maybe have surpassed its earnings in the past, concerns about the rise of AMD have not gone unnoticed. Currently, Intel is struggling to beat the deadline with its 10-nanometer chip production, while AMD has already announced its plans to manufacture the next-gen 7-nanometer production before the year-end-2018 – CNBC reports.
According to Stifel, an analyst at the Bank of America, he is not convinced Intel’s gross margin will expand, come 2019. Instead, he foresees a complete divergence in the next 6-12 months to come; with the likes of AMD, NVidia, taking over the market. Moreover, Apple recently made announcements about its plans to ditch Intel processors, mainly because the chipmaker is not advancing at an expected rate.