Government bodies are starting to
become more strict about buying specific brands of computer equipment
-- notably Intel-specific hardware. Recently, there has been much
talk about software coding with specific features for one processor
and limiting something else for a different processor. Skype was on
the front page
for giving more features to users who used Intel processors than
those who were using AMD processors. AMD itself has been handing
out subpoenas to companies that it believes to be unfairly
favoring Intel. Now, AMD says that some government bodies are
buying Intel-specific products for big price premiums but
technically, the products offer identical or less features and
performance. AMD says that being brand-specific costs more tax
payers' money. In fact, AMD
says that a whopping $563 million could have been saved in
taxpayer dollars, had the government been brand-neutral in its
purchases. AMD's press release claims:Governments around the world have recognized
the problem of closed procurement in the IT sector and the Argentine,
Austrian, Belgian, Canadian, Finnish, French, German, Irish, Italian,
Japanese, Swedish, U.K., and U.S. governments have all issued
guidance calling for neutral specifications and the elimination of
brand names in contracts. The European Commission noted in a 2004
study that application of its new procurement rules has reduced
prices by approximately 30 percent. Some analysts say
that if AMD was more competitive, it wouldn't need to be raising
these issues. Others disagree, and say that companies with a market
dominance similar to Intel, use their considerable size and resources
to "buy" customers. Interestingly, AMD's market share has
grown significantly in the past year while Intel's has dropped. Both
companies performance in the stock market also reflect the change in
quote: People seem to forget back in the days when the 286 was being designed that Intel and AMD worked together to develop a standard so that multiple companies could make chips compatable with each other so that the market base would grow.
quote: Many of the chips in the IBM 286 systems were AMD.
quote: Many of the early 386's were as well.
quote: They helped develop the 16-bit x86 instruction set as well as the 32-bit extensions.
quote: They have had superior products for a couple of years now and have dominated the dual core arena.
quote: There is nothing wrong with benchmarking on another companies products if AMD did; all companies benchmark on competitors.
quote: I want my tax dollars to go to companies supporting American workers, thanks.
quote: Its Licensing man... For example ATI owns rights to GDDR ram, Nvidia pays them to be aloud to use this technology.
quote: If you check out AMD's own statement, actually AMD Growth is because of expensive of other companies besides Intel and AMD. Intel shared is pretty much the same.
quote: Aren't imaging just a second grade solution based on lazyness?
quote: But it's a global economy, and if the US gave better tax breaks than the Germans you would see Fab 36 here in the states instead of there. Worrying about where the money from the CPU purchase goes is absurd anyway. Where is the motherboard that said CPU plugs into built? How about the power supply that allows it run? Those are all US built I take it? Don't tell anyone, but the plastic used is made from...oil. Trying to buy a completely American product is not only narrow minded, but probably close to impossible
quote: The shop I work for in the USAF has roughly 30-40 HP/ A64 workstations.
quote: Some analysts say that if AMD was more competitive, it wouldn't need to be raising these issues. Others disagree, and say that companies with a market dominance similar to Intel, use their considerable size and resources to "buy" customers. Interestingly, AMD's market share has grown significantly in the past year while Intel's has dropped. Both companies performance in the stock market also reflect the change in market share.
quote: As for gov't, would you pick a company's product for that is trying sue their way though the competition.
quote: Interestingly, AMD's market share has grown significantly in the past year while Intel's has dropped.