Piyush Arora, The Motley Fool
July 21, 2014
Historically, Intel's (NASDAQ: INTC ) chip fabrication process has been more advanced than its peers'. The chipmaker, for instance, is the first to mass-manufacture computing chips based on a 22nm and 14nm FinFET lithography. This technological lead, in turn, has allowed Intel to repeatedly deliver impressive performance gains under a comparable power draw, before its peers.
Heading further into 2014, however, Intel's hegemony may be challenged. GlobalFoundries and Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE: TSM ) -- leading pure-play chip manufacturers -- are catching up fast. More to the point, their shift to 14nm and 16nm FinFET fabrication process, respectively, may be detrimental to Intel's growth going forward.
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