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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 12:40:50 PM , Rating: -1
Talk about a biased limited memory.

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.

Including the Athlons that overheated? LOL

far longer than intel's 1st gen i3-5-7.

LGA 1366 Core i7's launch platform continues to be the platform for 6-core Core i7's. Launched in 2008 is roadmapped through the end of 2011 and into 2012 as the flagship platform. Hence longer than 3 years... LOL

If a new CPU comes out in which its FSB exceeded a chipsets ability

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. First, a CPU. Then a CPU with GPU on the package. Finally a merged CPU/GPU die. Evolution can be painful, but how can a chipset with integrated graphics and a PCI express controller coexist with a CPU with a PCI express controller on the die?? Why would Intel spend millions of dollars trying to make a CPU/GPU compatible with a chipset with integrated graphics.. All to appease about what? < 1% of its customers that might actually upgrade JUST the processor?? Intel sells millions of processors every quarter. In fact by the end of next quarter, it will almost certainly sell more Sandy Bridge processors than were ever sold by AMD on the AM2/AM2+/AM3 platform.

That CUTENESS of selling compatible processors across major revisions is nonsense from any rational point of view.

If you wanted lasting compatibility, in 2008 Intel told you that would be LGA1366. If you chose to go cheap and mainstream, and ignore Intel, you have to deal with the demands that mainstream brings to Intel's bottom line. And that is new chipsets and motherboards with these heavily revised iterations of the CPU die.

RE: Serves them right...
By omnicronx on 2/9/2011 4:14:07 PM , Rating: 4
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
And your point is? Does that change anything he said? Is the the problem of the consumer that Intel waited so long to do things such as put the memory controller on die? And then soon after quickly shift to GPU on die?

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.

RE: Serves them right...
By BSMonitor on 2/10/11, Rating: -1
RE: Serves them right...
By omnicronx on 2/10/2011 12:02:50 PM , Rating: 3
Yes bud, I take the time and log onto a bunch of accounts just to rate you down.(in spite of course)

As though I care about the DT rating systems or what people think of my posts.

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?

Your CPU architecture comment is also incorrect. K7,K8,K10's all had significant changes. There were more if you consider non significant changes. (and thats all within the last 6 years)

RE: Serves them right...
By BSMonitor on 2/11/11, Rating: -1
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