Despite coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting millions of people and workers, AMD and Intel state that they’ll be able to meet demands for CPUs. Intel’s CEO, Bob Swan, shared a letter about the issue. Similarly, AMD’s chief executive Lisa Su wrote a letter to customers about meeting CPU demands.
Intel states that it is maintaining over a 90 percent on-time delivery rate for its chips. Intel established a pandemic team more than 15 years ago, which helps Intel’s crisis management in situations like the current outbreak. Intel explains the team in its letter and some of its previous success stories:
This specialized team includes medical and safety experts who work to safeguard the well-being of employees and minimize the spread of infection. They also collaborate with local governments and public health organizations to implement their recommendations. In the past, the team has successfully helped Intel manage through global health issues such as bird flu, SARS, Ebola, Zika and the H1N1 virus.
AMD’s Su states that AMD has a “‘world-class global supply chain” and is “well positioned today to continue to execute well,” as reported by CRN.
As pointed out by Tom’s Hardware, neither AMD nor Intel adjusted earnings guidance based on recent events.
Coronavirus has disrupted many workers and companies, forcing organizations to adapt to a drastically different environment. While people may not rush out to purchase new PCs during the pandemic, servers that power services are still in demand. Streaming companies like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube will want to make sure that people can still stream content. To do that, the companies will need to maintain and potentially purchase more hardware for servers.