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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 DanNeely on 2/9/2011 10:35:56 AM , Rating: 2
Are you referring to 1155/56?

If not, s1355 has disappeared from roadmaps a while back. The 1366 replacement will be s2011 which has the quad channel memory support that will be needed for the 8 core processors Intel intends to launch on the socket (current Intel designs need 1 channel per 2 physical cores to avoid bottle necking in memory intensive apps).

Depending on the amount of pressure from Bulldozer and the availability of DDR4 ram next year, something like s1355 might return next year in order to support triple channel ram for mass market hex core ivy bridge chips. Since the rumored S1355 would have supported 24 PCIe lanes vs 16 in 1155 I doubt the rumored socket would be resurrected exactly the same as before, if Intel wanted to boost bandwidth upgrading to PCIe 3.0 would allow for doing so at a lower cost.


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