- "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer checks in on Intel and the company's next steps.
- Led by CEO Brian Krzanich, Intel has several initiatives that could constitute a serious comeback for the tech giant, Cramer says.
- Having completed its offer to buy Mobileye on Tuesday, Intel is positioning itself to take advantage of the autonomous vehicle trend.
"For years, we watched as Intel hung out on the fringes of the great markets, great markets like mobile devices, the internet of things, anything Apple [and] the autonomous car," the "Mad Money" host said.
With its purchase of Mobileye, an Israeli tech company specializing in self-driving technology and collision prevention, Intel is entering the autonomous driving space with one of its top innovators under its wing.
"I cannot stress enough just how important this is for the company that pioneered the microprocessor for the personal computer," Cramer said.
That said, Intel has had a "mixed" record with takeovers, Cramer said. It acquired cybersecurity firm McAfee in 2011, spinning it off this April as a standalone, $4.2 billion company.
Intel also acquired high-end chip designer Altera to strengthen its artificial intelligence efforts via a Programmable Solutions Group, which struggled in Intel's latest quarter.
"If you ask me, both [acquisitions] have just been OK," the "Mad Money" host said. "In fact, they spun off McAfee for a lower valuation than I thought they could get."
Krzanich suggested on Tuesday that Intel could compete with Nvidia's prices by combining its internet of things business with Mobileye to create a connected car package.
"It sounds like there's a very real possibility that Intel could truly take some solid business from Nvidia, although the market's big enough for both, if you ask me," Cramer said.
Krzanich also acknowledged the comeback of another semiconductor rival, Advanced Micro Devices, but said that Intel would strike back with its own competing chips later this year.
So while many have been quick to label Intel as undistinguished, Cramer found that with a stock trading at 12 times earnings estimates and a 3 percent yield, Intel could actually be one of the stock market's great bargains.
"Sure, it will be hard to beat Nvidia. Yes, AMD is rejuvenated. Absolutely, PCs are in decline," the "Mad Money" host said. "But Krzanich sees all that and is doing something about it. I don't know, if you ask me, for $36 bucks, it's worth a ticket to see how he does."
Disclosure: Cramer's charitable trust owns shares of Apple.