Report: AMD to Cut Up to 30 Percent of Engineering Staff in Coming Weeks
October 14, 2012 6:54 PM
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The company is expected to announce the number of lay offs in the next week -- around the time it will be reporting its quarterly financial results
Advanced Micro Devices
(AMD) will be cutting as much as 30 percent of its staff before the end of the year.
AMD, which makes processors for PCs and servers, is getting ready to lay off anywhere from 20 to 30 percent of its employees in the next few weeks. The company is expected to announce the number of lay offs in the next week -- around the time it will be reporting its quarterly financial results.
This marks AMD's second big staff cut in a year's time. About a year ago, it cut 10 percent of its employees. At the end of Q2 2012, the company said it had 11,737 employees.
Why is AMD making such drastic reductions in staff? Mainly because it is struggling to compete with other
like Intel. Intel has not only grabbed the PC and server markets, but has also dipped into the mobile market as well, offering
tablet and smartphone chips
. AMD, on the other hand, hasn't made a push for mobile yet. This is clearly problematic, considering the PC market has been in decline in favor of mobile devices, and chip makers like Intel and AMD have to adapt to stay alive.
In addition to competition,
reported that AMD's board is a huge reason as to why the company was forced to make staff cuts. The report said that AMD's board is "incompetent" and that the company "staffed senior management with toadies who would do their bidding rather than do the right thing."
noted that AMD is mainly cutting engineers, and that AMD likely will not survive with this cut.
AMD has already announced ahead of its quarterly earnings report that that revenue would decrease 10 percent instead of the previously forecasted four percent decrease to two percent increase.
However, AMD is hoping for a brighter future with its first mobile chip release for Windows 8 tablets this year.
AMD is expected to announce quarterly earnings this Thursday.
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RE: Goodbye AMD!
10/14/2012 11:31:01 PM
You might have forgotten that AMD overpaid ~ $2 billion for ATi. And had to write that amount down a couple of years later. Not only that, AMD went heavily into debt to buy ATi.
I made money on that deal. Had some Ati stock. Made 20% instantly when the deal was announced and sold all the stock. Then after the deal, I shorted AMD stock and made a bunch more money... :-) :-) That truly-stupid $2 billion over-payment would have financed AMDs continuing success after their blockbuster wake-up of Intel with their X2/Opteron processors. As it was, since the ATi acquisition, CPU development has been continuously financially shorted to help cover the expenses of that massive loan required to buy ATi.
RE: Goodbye AMD!
10/15/2012 2:29:40 AM
Possibly. ATI was a real financial burden for AMD for several years. May be, just may be they would have stayed competitive with intel if not for the ATI acquisition. But as other people have said before, right now the only thing making AMD a little competitive and worth the money are their integrated GPU, which wouldn't have happened if not for ATI.
"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen
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