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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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AMD in 3 easy steps:
By jiteo on 4/12/2008 12:55:58 AM , Rating: 1
1. Have great idea
2. ???
3. Fail

RE: AMD in 3 easy steps:
By Silver2k7 on 4/12/2008 3:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
4. sell x86 license to Nvidia :P

im not sure if nvidia really wants the market to change but it looks like there could be an integrated cpu/gpu from intel.. and if there is, they have really no choise but to make their own full platform wich includes cpu's and or cpu/gpu hybrids.

RE: AMD in 3 easy steps:
By Penti on 4/13/2008 10:13:24 AM , Rating: 2
Hehe, why would they? They would probably get more for there fabs in Germany. That is also something nVidia doesn't have. But it's not like they will be bankrupt tomorrow :)

RE: AMD in 3 easy steps:
By vignyan on 4/13/2008 3:43:57 PM , Rating: 2
Nah... AMD cant sell the x86 license... Nor can it share... coz its not theirs and got it from Intel in first place. :)

Nvidia has to go with Via or AMD (-ATI) if they really want to sniff up to Intel's Nehalem or Sandy-bridge (options of integrated gfx). Coz a integrated gfx solution on CPU might cost lesser cost of the platform as opposed to Only cpu + on-board gfx by Nvidia. It only favors more for Intel in Mobile segment.

But i doubt Nvidia will do that. They have well established discrete gfx segment. They will push that harder... well.. atleast till Larabee kicks in...

Interesting couple of years of future to come for gfx.

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