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AMD benefitting from Intel's $1B mistake

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 gaffe according 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 woes. 

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.

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RE: Serves them right...
By Denigrate on 2/9/2011 10:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
939 did NOT last all that long. Not sure what you are smoking.

RE: Serves them right...
By Shadowmaster625 on 2/9/2011 11:25:51 AM , Rating: 2
Socket 939's life was shortened by forces outside its control. It was Intel that forced the move to DDR2, even though there was no measurable performance increase vs DDR400. The same happened with DDR3. It is amazing that intel has not forced a move to DDR4, to suck some extra money out of everyone after their latest billion dollar debacle.

RE: Serves them right...
By MonkeyPaw on 2/9/2011 1:03:58 PM , Rating: 2
I think Intels worst concept recently was FB-DIMMs. Hot, inefficient, expensive, and only useful until Intel could get QPI and an IMC in place to catch up to K8 Opteron. Can you even buy FB-DIMMs anymore? So much for top-dollar getting you something better.

RE: Serves them right...
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/9/2011 1:11:13 PM , Rating: 2
2 years in the computer world is actually quite a long time....

RE: Serves them right...
By YashBudini on 2/9/2011 4:52:17 PM , Rating: 2
Really, it's 14 dog years and mine isn't running anywhere near 3GHz.

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