Intel shareholders' current reaction to the plans to regain the process advantage is probably a big reason why Intel lost the lead in the first place.
From the linked article:
"Stacy Rasgon, a senior analyst at Bernstein Research, gave Intel an “underperform” rating and set its target price to $40 per share in a note to clients after the presentation. He told CRN that the big concern for investors is that “there’s no quick fix” for the chipmaker’s problems that began before Gelsinger became CEO, which means lower returns for shareholders for the next few years.
“They basically said there’s no free cash flow until 2025. And so even if you believe them, and you say, ‘Well, yeah, 2025 is going to be beautiful,’ like, what’s your rush? It‘s only February of 2022, and I got three years of pain before I can even hope to get anything,” he said. "
Geez, there is no quick fix to problems that developed during the last decade (when the shareholders were all too happy)? I wonder why...
Too much looking at the stock market and the numbers for the next quarter or year, not enough prestige for the multiyear R&D efforts required to keep the cash cow alive?
And when R&D does not lead a company like Intel, when technically successful projects don't lead to promotion, it's all too easy to cut a few corners and save a few bucks, assign the wrong people to lead the projects, and/or fail the favourite people upward all the way to senior management. Takes a long time for the damage to show up.
I have no inside information, except about the way things went at another (former) giant.