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Case Code : BSTR039
Case Length : 14 Pages
Period : 1987 - 2002
Organization : AMD, Intel
Pub Date : 2002
Teaching Note :Not Available
Countries : USA
Industry : Semiconductor

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The winner in the bitter rivalry between AMD and Intel was the customer. They were getting better and faster processors at a rapid pace, at much cheaper prices. However, analysts claimed that the rivalry was affecting both the companies adversely.

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Exhibit I: What's in a Microprocessor
Exhibit II: About Intel
Exhibit III: A Brief Note on the Semiconductor Industry
Exhibit IV: AMD - Five Year Financial Summary

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