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Upgrade push could be the salvation of long struggling AMD

In business, just like in real life, companies can be a victim of expectations.   Fortunately for chipmaker Intel it handily beat the estimates of Wall Street's top researchers, reporting its best quarter ever.  On Tuesday night after the closing bell Intel reported a Q2 2010 revenue of $10.8B USD, handily topping the $10.25B USD predicted by analysts.

Chipmaker AMD, the David to Intel's Goliath, had some good news of its own on Thursday.  The company posted a net loss for Q2 2010 of only $43M USD, $110M USD less than the loss widely predicted by Wall Street.  AMD reported revenue of $1.65B USD, where analysts had predicted it to pull in only $1.54B USD.  It also posted a promising Non-GAAP earnings were $83M USD.

AMD has benefited from its success in the GPU segment, and, like Intel, by a strong upgrade cycle demand for CPUs.  AMD credits stronger demand for notebook CPUs and GPUs as a major source of its turnaround.  With its latest results, AMD inches closer to finally crawling out of the money pit it has long been languishing in.  In fact, if the current results are any indication, AMD may return to profitability within a quarter or two.  

Ultimately, AMD and Intel are being buoyed up by a strong upgrade push both in the desktop and notebook sector.  A major part of this push is thanks to Windows 7, Microsoft's latest consumer operating system that is earning unanimous praise from reviewers and customers alike.

While some worry about the upgrade craze dying down, it seems likely to continue strong for some time while so many customers still have Windows XP.  Additionally, businesses will likely slowly jump onboard the upgrade train as they look to transition to Windows 7.  If Microsoft can replicate Windows 7's success with Windows 8, the outlook for both Intel and AMD may continue to be just as rosy.

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RE: Yehaw.
By StevoLincolnite on 7/16/2010 12:31:26 PM , Rating: 2
Wait 6 months and you'll have a war where AMD Fusion has by far the best GPU on chip and Intel Sandy Bridge will have the best CPU. This will be interesting to see how it develops. AT least for mainstreams desktops, laptops and even may be tablets, AMD might have an edge. AMD is great stock to buy at this morning's price.

Unfortunately waiting 6 months means 6 months I have to keep living with this 2.1ghz Core 2 Duo, 2gb of ram, and an Intel x3100 laptop.

My advice has always been: Buy the best you can afford at the time, as there is always something better around the corner.

PLUS! With AMD's history of making newer processors work on older motherboards... (Socket AM3 processors working in Socket AM2+ and AM2 boards etc')
Well here's hoping there is an option for drop-in upgrades.

RE: Yehaw.
By lagitup on 7/16/2010 6:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
My understanding was that bulldozer, as a ground-up redesign, wouldn't be cross/backwards compatible?

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