Intel (NASDAQ:INTC): In a competitive market that is heating to the point of boiling over, Intel still retains a competitive edge over other chip makers, according to Christopher Mims of Quartz. ”Intel’s competitive advantage is its expertise in manufacturing,” he says. Despite trailing in mobile processors, Intel’s CPUs are made at 22 nanometers, while competition such as Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) is still at 28 nanometers. If this pace keeps up, Intel could be at 14 nanometers when its competition is at 20 — in layman’s terms, chips that are significantly faster than those of its competitors. However, Qualcomm still has the mobile market cornered, and is heavily entrenched with big sellers like Samsung’s (OTC:SSNLF) Galaxy S 4. See how Intel is powering up the new Macbooks.
Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE:AMD): AMD shares are soaring on Friday, amid whispers that the company will be increasing its presence in gaming consoles, as well as rumors of a takeover. Gains of 9.2 percent are enough to make the company the biggest gainer on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, while stocks have seen growth of 41 percent this week alone.
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