But, after the electronics industry’s harsh experience with Intel’s de facto monopoly in PC processors, the industry has been very reluctant to accept Intel as a supplier of mobile phone or consumer chips.
Industry analysts report that the fear of allowing another Wintel-style monopoly prevents Intel selling chips into other sectors.
Even Intel’s association with a technology affects adversely that technology’s chances of getting accepted. A chip industry CEO said recently that the biggest brake on Wimax’s deployment is Intel’s championing of Wimax.
It Intel’s involved, steer clear, seems to be the industry's message.
So the downside of Intel’s success in having its architecture adopted by the IBM PC, and so becoming the worldwide PC processor standard, is that Intel’s behaviour in the PC sector has led to doors being shut to it in other sectors.
And, maybe, there’s another downside. The skills required for managing a monopoly, don’t fit you for fighting in a competitive marketplace.