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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 themaster08 on 7/22/2009 8:37:09 PM , Rating: 2
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My AMD CPUs are cheaper and use less power than comparative Intel parts

I think you need to stop comparing power consumption from Athlon's and Pentium 4's and begin to do some research on power consumption of Core 2 vs. Phenom/X2.

You'll see that Intel always comes out on top compared to their AMD equivalents when it comes to power consumption. Even AMD's supposed "energy efficient" models with low TDP's have a hard time besting Intel's processors for energy efficiency.


RE: Eeep
By hyvonen on 7/23/2009 4:51:46 AM , Rating: 2
Oh, and don't forget the total amount of energy (kWh etc.); Intel's CPUs complete the job faster, and switch to idle quicker, saving power.

Too many reviews are focused on power consumption at full load... It's better to run at double the power if you can finish the job three times faster.


RE: Eeep
By themaster08 on 7/23/2009 6:43:50 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly.

Also, too many people also focus on TDP, which hardly tells the whole story. Albeit, Intel counterparts almost always have lower TDP's (excluding AMD energy efficient models).

Furthermore, we get people like the OP who blatantly haven't done their research on power consumption since the P4/Athlon days, or have done no research and just read what AMD themselves have had to say.

After all, what better place to compare energy efficiency of AMD processors to Intel processors, than on AMD's website?


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