This is an important week for Intel, a company at a kind of competitive and technological crossroads.
The company is hosting its annual developers' forum in San Francisco, with chairman and former CEO Craig Barrett delivering today's keynote.
His talk comes against a backdrop of heady times for the world's largest chipmaker:
On one hand, times are really good: Intel posted strong earnings last month, its outlook was rosy, there seems to be no signs of global slowdown, PC sales continue to be robust, laptops are booming, and its only real competitor, Advanced Micro Devices, is in such a state of financial disarray that its CEO Hector Ruiz was pushed out of day-to-day control there.
But as Intel will tell you, success often-times brings contempt. Funny how when times are dire industry-wide, no one seems to cry foul over Intel's business practices.
But as soon as the company crows about its success, anti-trust and anti-competitive charges come out of the woodwork. I'm not saying Intel has been a model corporate global competitor. The company plays hard, fights hard, and probably pushes the envelope when it comes to business practices.