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Phil Hester  (Source: AMD)
When it rains, it pours in Sunnyvale, CA

Just when you thought it could not get any worse for AMD, someone throws another gallon of gasoline on the fire to stoke the flames. Earlier this week, DailyTech reported that AMD intends to cut 1,600 jobs by year's end to improve its financials.

AMD, which has yet to release its first quarter earnings, issued guidance suggesting that its Q1 revenues will come in 15% lower than the year ago period at about $1.5B USD. AMD experienced losses in every sector of its business and we'll be able to see the full damage report once the official tally is brought down from Sunnyvale, CA.

In the mean time, the company today lost its Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Senior Vice President, Phil Hester. According to AMD's bio on Hester, which has since been removed from the site, he was "responsible for setting the architectural and product strategies and plans for AMD’s microprocessor business." Hester also chaired AMD's Technology Council.

According to MarketWatch, Hester wishes to "pursue other opportunities" in his absence from AMD. Strangely, AMD says that there will be no replacement for Hester at the CTO position.

Hester's departure couldn't have come at a worse time for AMD. AMD is just now trying to gain some traction after shipping B3 Opterons sans the TLB bug that made the news circuits in December 2007.

AMD hopes to push its Opteron and Phenom processors based on a 65nm manufacturing to 2.6GHz by the fall of 2008. 45nm Shanghai processors will have to wait until early 2009 if all things go according to schedule for AMD.

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RE: *sings*
By SiliconAddict on 4/11/2008 2:39:26 PM , Rating: 5
Speak of the devil....the quote at the bottom of the page:

"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007

Yah AMD can go bite me.

RE: *sings*
By FITCamaro on 4/11/2008 2:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
Uh...really they're right.

- on die memory controller
- x86-64 extensions
- first unified dual and quad core designs.

I say this as a guy who's got two (running) desktops, one with an AMD X2 and another with a Core 2 Duo.

RE: *sings*
By Regs on 4/11/2008 3:11:27 PM , Rating: 5
Yes, AMD made the first commercially viable on die memory controller and x86-64 CPU for the masses. Worded carefully for the Google dweebs that will disagree with you from a quick search on wikipedia.

Though AMD has nothing to show for it. They have a underperforming CPU, they can't supply the channels as well as Intel, and again their marketing sucks and they simply can't make big enough penetration in most market segments. They're back to square-one just from one product launch from Intel . Of course, when Intel buys (and can buy) out most of the vendors and retailers there might also be a problem.

RE: *sings*
By darkpaw on 4/11/2008 3:18:27 PM , Rating: 3
I mostly have to agree. From an engineeing standpoint, the native quade core is pretty, but it sure didn't get them any performance benefit.

I can admire a nice design, but at the end of the day I'm still going to buy whichever one is faster at the mid range price point.

RE: *sings*
By Master Kenobi on 4/11/2008 3:42:36 PM , Rating: 3
True, AMD has pushed newer designs into processors for quite some time now. However, Intel seems to be able to still slap them around both on the market, and in the benchmarking labs using older methodology. It's like AMD had all the right cards at the right time yet couldn't make use of it properly. I'm curious to see what Intel does with Quickpath and an on die memory controller.

RE: *sings*
By slayerized on 4/11/2008 3:24:04 PM , Rating: 2
I just can't help but think of the southpark episode this week, while reading this thread!

RE: *sings*
By CmdrFly on 4/11/2008 8:18:43 PM , Rating: 2
Though AMD has nothing to show for it.

Not anymore... though they did have some semblance of a performance crown for a few years in a row. Not that it does much good today.

RE: *sings*
By psece on 4/11/2008 4:09:48 PM , Rating: 4
Wasn't the Alpha EV-7 the first to have a on-die memory controller?

Intel was capable of x86-64 but didn't because they didn't want to bleed sales of Itanium. Stupid marketing decisions have nothing to do with ability.

The first commercial dual core processor was IBM's Power 4 processor for it's RISC servers in 2001.

IBM Cell was launched in the Playstation 3 in November 2006 with 8 cores.

And I am sure that there were even more specialized chips that beat those dates. Don't believe all the marketing crap as this stuff has been done for many years before it ever gets to x86. Commodity does not make it first....

RE: *sings*
By Penti on 4/13/2008 10:06:57 AM , Rating: 3
CELL BE only has one ordinary execution engine. (PPE)

And he probably meant first to market, driving the market to x86-64. And first commercial consumer-product.

RE: *sings*
By clnee55 on 4/11/2008 6:48:42 PM , Rating: 3
Wow!! with all that innovations, AMD still runs slower than an old architecture with some modifications like the Core2Duo. No wonder the CTO got kicked.

AMD won during the Opteron time because Intel screwed up with Prescott and Itanium. Intel now gets back to their feet now. If AMD wants to win, they have to earn it.

RE: *sings*
By ats on 4/11/08, Rating: 0
RE: *sings*
By clnee55 on 4/12/2008 11:39:03 AM , Rating: 5
"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel. And if you look at the last 3 years on the business side, all of the loss came from AMD, not a single one from Intel" -- This is what AMD CEO Hector Ruiz shoud have said

"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner
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