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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 BSMonitor on 2/9/2011 11:53:36 AM , Rating: -1
Congrats on your half step upgrade. You got an extra core and some inefficient L3 cache. I guarantee you can barely notice the improvement from that upgrade while doing 90% of the tasks that you normally do with your PC.

Where as your argument is true. And it's cute to be able to upgrade CPU's on the same platform. MOST of Intel/AMD's customers will never change any component internal to their PC. So with such a drastic change as bringing the GPU die onto the CPU die, why would either company add ensuring backwards capability to the mix?? Think about the changes to the north-bridge alone for this new platform.. It doesn't make sense from a business point of view to appease 100,000 people with upgrade options, when the goal is to sell Millions of these processors. Most in new PCs.


RE: Serves them right...
By RjBass on 2/9/2011 2:26:48 PM , Rating: 2
I can understand your argument, but seeing as how AMD is doing just that, and people seem to be loving it, I don't see how your argument is valid.


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