Right about now, Dell
If Dell actually gives voice to the question, though, I expect Intel would confide, "Nah. It was something you did -- building boring computers. But it's not just you. Gateway
Recognizing that the EBA ("Everybody But Apple
Specifically, Intel is looking for someone who can incorporate its new Core2 Duo processors into a "Viiv technology-based ... small, stylish" PC -- so basically, it is looking for an EBA iMac. As for how the prize will be awarded, it is described in typically obfuscated engineer-speak. The "grand prize winner" gets $300,000 to use toward manufacturing costs, and $400,000 to use in co-marketing the computer with Intel. The "first place winner" -- which may or may not be the same thing as the "grand prize winner" -- gets the remaining $300,000 to use toward manufacturing costs.
Now, before you get all excited and start drawing up plans, be aware that only "companies" can play in this game. Presumably, the prize will look pretty penny-ante to giants such as those described above. But they might decide to enter just for the bragging rights victory would confer. As for the loser, my guess is that it will be AMD
That said, as a computer user, I can only hope Intel gets some good bites with its offer. As Apple has proven time and time again, there's no reason on earth why a PC must resemble a big tin box. Style and performance need not be mutually exclusive properties. In short, we EBA users have suffered under the Beige Regime for far too long, and it's time for a change.
What do Fools have to say about AMD and Intel? Tim Beyers tallies the scorecard in "Fool Fight: AMD vs. Intel."