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AMD reports its Q4 earnings

Yesterday, DailyTech reported on Intel's Q4 2007 earnings. The chip giant generated revenue of $10.1 billion USD, operating income of $2.2 billion USD and net income of $1.9 billion USD.

Despite Intel's performance for the quarter -- which outpaced Q4 2006 by a wide margin -- investors still drove the stock price for the company down 12 percent.

It's now AMD's turn to show its books and the results don't look very promising. The Sunnyvale, California-based company reported Q4 2007 revenue of $1.770 billion USD, a net loss of $1.722 billion USD and an operating loss of $1.678 billion USD.

For all of 2007, AMD recorded revenue of $6.012 billion USD and a net loss of $3.379 billion USD. AMD also reported that ATI, which it purchased in 2006 for $5.4 billion USD, is now worth 30 percent less.

"We were close to break-even operationally for the quarter, reducing our fourth quarter non-GAAP operating loss to $9 million. We improved gross margin by three points sequentially, driven by increased shipments of new products, higher average selling prices and cost containment actions," said Robert J. Rivet, AMD CFO Robert Rivet. "We shipped a record number of microprocessor units in the quarter, including nearly four hundred thousand quad-core processors."

As is the case with most tech companies, AMD expects earnings to take a dip during Q1 2008 -- the first quarter is traditionally a slow period for tech manufacturers.

In November 2007, AMD received a cash infusion from Mubadala Development Company, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) government-funded investment firm. Mubadala took an 8.1 percent stake in AMD valued at $622 million USD.

At the time, AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz was delighted in the investment stating, "This investment strengthens AMD’s ability to deliver customer-centric innovation and choice to the marketplace, creating greater value for all of our shareholders."

AMD will need all the help it can get to push forward its quad-core Phenom and Opteron processors. AMD has plans to ramp up 45nm chip production during the first half of 2008 while 32nm parts are scheduled to arrive in 2009.

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