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Intel Corporation (INTC), QUALCOMM, Inc. (QCOM) & How to Profit From Shifting Trends for Semiconductor Stocks

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has dominated the semiconductor space for a long time with its supremacy in the personal computer market. But with the reduction in the global shipments of PC’s and the shift in landscape to mobile, the company’s business, too, has been affected. Let’s see what it means for Intel in the long run.

Into the quarter

In the most recent quarter, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) reported net income of $2 billion compared to $2.7 billion for the same period last year. Its revenue for the quarter fell 2% to $12.6 billion. The company’s revenue from the PC business declined 6% to $8 billion due to a decline in the consignment of PCs across the world. Its data center business that is comprised of server processors posted a gain of 7.5%.

Indirect benefit

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has been late in creating its own chips in the tablet market, but still it has a lot to be happy about. Intel believes that 122 tablets or 600 smartphones generate sufficient web traffic to absorb a server. This means sales of the company’s servers are allied to the sales of smartphones and tablets.

Worldwide, smartphone and tablet shipments are increasing every quarter. Intel estimates that it approximately has 90% market share in the server business. This means that the company’s server revenue should rise by a couple billion dollars in the next year even if we assume the shipments of smartphones and tablets remain the same as the current year.

Moreover, by 2014, Intel will be better placed in mobile computing as its transistor fabrication process will be reduced to 14-nanometers, while its competitors are expected to be producing transistor fabrications at 20-nanometer technology. Intel’s structural design should further prove energy efficient giving it an upper hand over competition.

The hard truth

Intel might have the consolation prize of being a dominant name in the server segment of the market, but its real victory will come by getting its foothold in the tablet and smartphone markets. Intel’s efforts to penetrate the mobile space have been met with varied results, as its Ultrabook has been disappointing. The company is presently counting on its new 22 nanometer mobile chip that is planned to enter the market soon.

Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has always been dominant in whatever it does, and the company is moving ahead with its focus on mobile. Its R&D budget, which is projected at around $19 billion in fiscal 2013, places it in a better position than its other competitors trying to enter the mobile segment of the market.

Further, Intel needs a reasonable amount of leverage against QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) to thrust margins higher, which might require it to lacerate its prices.

Intel’s late response in the mobile-chip market has already given QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM) an upper hand. QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)’s chips currently hold up scores of smartphone and tablet devices with an 86% share of the LTE modem market. In short it simply holds the same position as Intel does in the PC space.

The company has many patents in its name that makes the flow of revenue more or less certain. QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)’s Snapdragon processor will be used in Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)‘s Nexus 7 tablet, giving the company a base to expand in the challenging tablet market.

QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM)’s quarterly earnings growth is 36% currently, and it is expected to surge almost 15% a year for the coming five years. It has been able to maintain its significance in the mobile-chips market, which might help it come out as a better player in the semiconductor sector. This can occur as mobile devices and tablets might eventually take share from the PC market.

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