Intel must be the gift that keeps on giving to AMD. In late
2009, Intel was forced
to pay AMD $1.25B for its years of monopolistic behavior in the processor
market. Now, AMD is benefiting directly from Intel's
Series 6 (Cougar Point) chipset woes.
In late January, Intel explained that it had uncovered a
SATA problem with Cougar Point that
could cause performance degradation over time. As a result, Intel stopped
shipment of the affected chipsets, will take a charge of roughly $1B, and won't
start shipping updated chipsets to its partners until later this month (volume
shipments to customers will come later).
Not surprisingly, AMD is profiting greatly from Intel's
to Fox Business News. "We
have some customers and retailers who have come to us specifically as a result
of Intel's chip problem," stated AMD exec Leslie Sobon. "Some
retailers have had to take things off their shelves, so they call us to ask
what they could get from our OEMs that's similar. And OEMs are asking us for
product, as well."
Fox Business News
goes on to report that computer manufacturers that sell both Intel and AMD
systems are coming to the latter to supply more processors/chipsets to make up
for the shortfall due to the Cougar Point
AMD earlier this year unveiled
its Fusion processors that feature onboard DirectX 11 graphics. AMD says
that netbooks using the chipset will have over 10 hours of battery life.
AMD has also been in the news recently thanks to the ouster
of Dirk Meyer as CEO. Meyer was removed from his position due
to a lack of vision when it comes to mobile computing devices like
smartphones and tablets.
quote: Really? I guess you missed the 3-4 sockets in what seemed like less than a year from AMD not that long ago. AMD and Intel both play the "We're screwing you with the new socket" game.
quote: My buddy just finally switched from a socket 939 board to a AM2/AM2+/AM3 board. He can still use his DDR2 RAM
quote: Your talking about CPU types, If a new CPU comes out in which its FSB exceeded a chipsets ability, then its a problem that requires a new board. But overall, for Socket-A - the last Socket A type boards would run every Socket A cpu ever made.
quote: far longer than intel's 1st gen i3-5-7.
quote: If a new CPU comes out in which its FSB exceeded a chipsets ability
quote: LOL, Core i3, Core i5, and some Core i7's have gone through 3 such major north bridge changes caused by integration on the CPU die. F
quote: The fact remains, AMD's products over the last many years have had a great track record of backwards compatibility, and regardless Intel's reasonings, they have not.
quote: The argument that AMD has not changed anything just makes me laugh, AMD has had their memory controller on die since 2005. As a result they were ahead of Intel so they did not have too, are you seriously trying to imply that is a bad thing?
quote: Show me and Intel Board that has a list half as big as this one.
quote: You also conveniently left i series processors of the list in which there already multiple sockets.
quote: So far, every AMD CPU that came out i can use it.
quote: You just showed that one of the newest Intel 775 boards is compatible with previous Intel chips.. Congratulations, you can downgrade your CPU to something older. You can't use an i series chip, so you can't upgrade either.