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AMD thinks things will turn around in the second half of 2009

AMD has posted its financial information for Q2 2009 and has reported yet another loss. The silver lining to the quarterly loss cloud is that the financials showed some improvement over the previous quarter. AMD also remains optimistic about Q3 and the rest of 2009.

AMD will be releasing new platforms before the end of the year that the chipmaker hopes will help turn its fortunes around. The company will be releasing its new Opteron processor servers, a market that AMD is still very competitive in, and will releases new notebook platforms.

According to EWeek, CEO Dirk Meyer notes that AMD worked on controlling costs in the first half of 2009 and that the cost controlling methods are expected to pay dividends in the second half of the year. Perhaps the largest of those cost-controlling methods was the spinoff of AMD's foundry operations into an independent company.

Meyer said during a call with financial analysts, "With a strong flow of new products and a leaner cost structure, coupled with assumption of modest seasonal growth, we are positioned for a stronger financial performance in the second half of this year."

Among the new platforms for notebooks that AMD intends to let loose onto the market in Q3 2009 are the Tigris platform for mainstream notebooks and an unnamed platform that is aimed at thin and light notebooks.

AMD reported a loss of $330 million for Q2 2009 amounting to $0.49 per share with revenue for the quarter of $1.18 billion. Analysts on Wall Street had predicted a loss for AMD of $0.47 per share with revenue of $1.13 billion. Despite the loss for the quarter, the numbers AMD posted looked better compared to a year ago.

Analyst John Spooner told eWeek, "The chip maker, like its rival Intel, showed sequential improvement in revenue," Spooner wrote. "Unit shipments fared reasonably well, with some improvement in the server space. Thus there are signs that point to AMD's business improving and the company marching toward its goal of becoming profitable (at least on a quarterly operating basis) in the second half of the year."

AMD rival Intel did well for the quarter until the massive EU fine was deducted making for $398 million loss.



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RE: Eeep
By ClownPuncher on 7/22/2009 1:12:23 PM , Rating: 4
PII x4 955 die size - 258mm squared - 758 million transistors
I7 920 die size - 263mm squared - 731 million transistors

The 955 is a smaller chip with more transistors. Both processes(955 and i920) are mature enough to have good yeild ratios. Both are good processors as well.


RE: Eeep
By Lifted on 7/22/2009 3:10:02 PM , Rating: 1
Can't really compare Phenom II to an I7. Different league performance wise. More comparable to the Core 2 Quad series which are a bit smaller.


RE: Eeep
By hyvonen on 7/22/2009 4:09:35 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah, except that i7 920 is a much better CPU. From that Anandtech article:

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Unless you’re running applications that are very well optimized for Intel’s architectures, the Phenom II X4 955 is faster than the Core 2 Quad Q9550. Compared to the Core i7-920, it loses hands down although the chip does come close in some games.


Don't compare apples to oranges, dear sir.

Bottom line: gross margins directly point to the CPU_value/manufacturing_cost ratio, and Intel's is much higher.


RE: Eeep
By ClownPuncher on 7/22/2009 5:07:50 PM , Rating: 2
Apples to oranges? More like tasty apples with really tasty apples. Analogies aren't hard.

The discussion wasn't about which was better, it was about which makes more money per sq mm. All I did was list how big the "mid range - high end" entry from each company was. They are both close to the same price, and close to the same size.

We already know the i7 920 is faster, now we move on to other aspects of the industry for our discussion...


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