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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 RjBass on 2/9/2011 11:48:27 AM , Rating: 2
Not true at all. Later 939 boards including boards manufactured in 2008 and 2009 supported both DDR and DDR2 as the 939 chips had the memory controllers for both, or it was written into the chipset (not sure which). Regardless my buddies old board had two slots for DDR RAM and two slots for DDR2.


RE: Serves them right...
By Alexvrb on 2/9/2011 4:33:08 PM , Rating: 3
No, he's right. Google is your friend. Socket 939 CPUs have an IMC that only supports DDR1. This has NOTHING to do with the motherboard. The IMC (integrated memory controller) is built into the socket 939 CPU itself and WILL NOT support DDR2. I should know, I still have a box with an FX-60, the fastest Socket 939 processor AMD released.

Your friend either had an early AM2 board, or a riser card, or you're mistaken altogether.

By the way, riser cards for socket 939 boards don't really count as "DDR2 support for socket 939", since they DO NOT add DDR2 support to your existing Socket 939 processor. Instead, you have to add a completely new AM2 CPU (which has a new, DDR2 IMC built in) to the riser card alongside the new memory. Basically the riser card was just a secondary (AM2) motherboard that shares some components with the primary board. You can't run both processors at the same time, either.


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