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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 kc77 on 2/9/2011 5:10:29 PM , Rating: 2
That is NOT correct. New chips required BIOS updates nothing more. You did not have to throw the motherboard away for socket A. Socket A in particular lasted for an extremely long time. They supported processors from Athlon 600 to the Athlon XP's. Now you might not experience the fastest bus speeds by hanging on to your original Socket A motherboard but the top tier motherboard manufacturers supported that socket from the afore mentioned models.Mine in particular was a KG7 and it when from Athlon 800 (was the first chip I bought) and I stopped at Athlon XP 1800 and then went to the 754 socket.

Socket 754 was short lived. However, socket 939, lasted about as long as anything Intel had at the time (average for Intel seems to be 2-3 years).

AM2 -> AM2+ compatibility is determined by the amount of wattage required. Again with a cheap motherboard you might run into problems. Good quality boards supported everything from Athlon 64 to Phenom Quad Cores. I know they do ... well cause I have one.

For Intel your premises might hold true, but by and large AMD has been sticking to it's sockets for a much longer time.

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