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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 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 (blog) 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
quote:
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.


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