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It hopes to close the deal in Q2 2013

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is selling its Texas campus as a result of the sluggish PC market. 

Chip maker AMD said it will sell and lease back its 58-acre Austin, Texas campus for $150 million to $200 million. It hopes to close the deal in Q2 2013. 

This isn't the first sign of AMD's struggles. In Q3 2012, the company's cash declined $279 million to $1.48 billion. Research firm Gimme Credit also downgraded its rating for AMD from "stable" to "deteriorating." Furthermore, it has been laying off engineers (about 15 percent of its workforce in October 2012) as it attempts to save some cash.

Why the troubles? Mainly because 85 percent of AMD's business relies on the PC market, and the PC market has been taking a hard hit in recent years. 

Since the introduction of mobile gadgets like the smartphone and tablet, PCs have seen a strong decline in sales. Consumers want mobility, and these gadgets combine the power of PCs with the convenience of mobility. Hence, PCs have been down in the dumps.

AMD is currently looking to sneak into other markets in order to stay afloat. In late October, the chip maker announced it was making 64-bit ARM processors for multiple markets. It's starting with its Piledriver Opteron 6300 Series, which will replace the Bulldozer-equipped Opteron 6200 Series. 

Just this month, Reuters claimed that AMD was pursuing a sale, but AMD denied it. It's currently looking into its options, but a sale isn't No. 1 on the list. 

Intel has been in the same PC slump as AMD, but seems to be doing better through these hard times. It posted a better-than-expected $3 billion USD profit in Q3 2012, and has been working hard on its 22 nm Haswell architecture to rival the likes of AMD. Haswell will launch in 2013.

Source: Reuters

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Zombie Style
By mrwassman on 11/29/2012 3:41:06 AM , Rating: -1
No one has anything useful they need to do on a computer and therefore the phone works.

When I say no one, I mean 99% of people will never need to use SolidWorks, Autocad, Matlab, Maple, Adobe Premier, photoshop, etc. (plus video games I suppose)

They just want Facebook for the most part.

RE: Zombie Style
By TheJian on 11/29/2012 6:56:06 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know of many companies that make money on facebook :)

You try to take my computer away at work (and I'm just IT, so no solidworks etc, but I support that crap) and we'll have a fight to the death ;)

Even stuff like spreadsheets etc, access, etc...There is a LOT of stuff that would just make workers WAIT forever in tablet/phone procs.

Maybe that could happen if PC's don't come up with some new stuff to chew through the cpu cycles in the future. But it will be a few years before I can have 4-8 apps open running and multitask in these the way I do in windows. I don't know of too many people that don't have 4 apps open all day. Outlook (everyone), word/excel/access (most), browser (either for intranet or outside stuff), and whatever else is their jobs specialty app. In my case that might be whatever inventory/support app we use (landesk, BMC, Trackit etc), remote app (at times remoting 5-10 desks at a time with installs going) etc...No way :) I think it's been a while since you've been in an enterprise pc environment. I currently have 32 tabs open, a burning app, 2 word, 1 excel, altbinz and 2 explorer windows open...LOL. Of course Virus is always running too (comodo/threatfire in my case).

It's impossible for anything but a PC variant to do this. At times I have chrome up also (for those pages that don't work in firefox). This is a LIGHT day this morning...LOL. Maybe end 2014 a tablet could replace this experience, but not before then. Also that's assuming apps set in stone and don't come needing more power than today. I can still slow my dual core down to the point I start complaining about not having my quad ivy yet...LOL. Rar or par will crush my experience immediately unless I start setting affinity to make sure I have some cpu left for everything else.

Just because you don't use your computer for anything useful, doesn't mean the rest of us don't. :) I've never been on facebook, twitter etc. They are USELESS and just having an account might get you rejected for some jobs. Personally I hope all those sites die soon ;) A good portion of our workforce's time is spent tweeting or facecrapping all day (did I just coin a new term?...runs off to trademark it before apple)...ROFL. People caught on a cell phone during work (without authorization, such as IT etc who may need to be reached everywhere) should be terminated immediately. :) Call on your breaks, not work time...I digress...

RE: Zombie Style
By othercents on 11/29/2012 8:23:23 AM , Rating: 2
You would be considered part of the 1% that need a faster computer, however most of my employees work on Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer. However they do travel 80% of the time and could use a lighter device with extra battery life. If I can get the Citrix Client to work on a Windows RT then we have everything we need for 99% of my employees with the added benefit of a lighter device.

Many businesses are moving away from the PC model and over to thin clients which is taking away from PC sales, but I doubt we will see a major shift (ie. 20% or more) for 2 - 3 years. The market that is suffering the most is the home pc market. This is where AMD has both processors and video cards. The tablets are cutting out the video card market for them since most business only use the integrated Intel video cards.

Personally I have stopped using a gaming desktop or laptop at home and only use my tablet. It does everything I need at home and since I don't have time for the time intensive games anymore, the games that are available on the tablet works good for me. At some point the tablet hardware and software will catch up to the PCs and games like WOW will be played on the tablet instead of the PC.


RE: Zombie Style
By Cypherdude1 on 11/29/2012 6:41:39 PM , Rating: 2
No one has anything useful they need to do on a computer and therefore the phone works.

When I say no one, I mean 99% of people will never need to use SolidWorks, Autocad, Matlab, Maple, Adobe Premier, Photoshop, etc. (plus video games I suppose)

They just want Facebook for the most part.
"Facebook" LOL. Lots of people use their PC's at home for important work or projects.
Try doing this with a tablet ;^D :

There's also Mathematica, which is actually the easiest of Matlab & Maple to obtain inexpensively. I was going to write how you can't use any of these 3 on a tablet with RT. However, now you can with Windows 8/8 Pro:

I currently have an Intel i7 CPU & 16 GB RAM. I don't use my PC for gaming. What amazes me is I rarely ever use more than 25% CPU cycles. When I start using 80%+ CPU cycles, that's when I'll know I'm fully using my PC.

Having a Windows 8/8 Pro tablet with a quad-core Ivy Bridge or Haswell, 8 GB RAM & 256 GB mSATA, 3.0 USB, external video connectors, quad-speakers, and maybe Wi-Di will perhaps replace a desktop. But, for now, tablets don't have these features.
Quad-Speakers, something I would want:

It's too bad about AMD. Now they have even more competition than Intel right when AMD is just coming out with better CPU's. If AMD could switch over to 22nm instead of their current 32nm, I think their CPU's would have a higher demand. If AMD would start making 22nm, I would seriously consider upgrading to one:

RE: Zombie Style
By mi1400 on 11/29/2012 8:13:08 AM , Rating: 2
I am dia hard AMD fan ,... but since 5-7 years its becoming more convincing that AMD is kinda of politically supressed by organizations i.e. U.S and other half.

1. AMD is not disclosing points of its slavery pact with Intel.
2. AMD Megahertzgovinia type stunts are no where to seen now.
3. gone are the days when AMD used to do following childish stunts.

If Intel can dig in SSDs making why cant AMD jump into same too or gear up existing RAM biz or jump into super fine Camera Sensors. AMD can release Laptops with removeable CPU enthusiast series no matter without warranty and with warnings...

summary is AMD is walking behind Intel head bowed like a slave... If Intel launches some UltraBook .. amd starts making a what slave should make versions of ultrabook... there is something darn fishy going on in AMD ,... so i must discrace my own fanfare and wish AMD a cursed death.

RE: Zombie Style
By GotThumbs on 11/29/12, Rating: -1
RE: Zombie Style
By EricMartello on 11/29/2012 8:13:37 AM , Rating: 2
That's probably true for a lot of people but those of us who use PCs for fun and profit will likely continue to do so indefinitely.

Aside from their stint in the early late 90s and 2000s which was largely driven by their performance:dollar ratio, AMD CPUs have been pretty much garbage all along so I don't know who is actually surprised by this. Intel fumbled with the Pentium 4 but ever since then they've been on their game and have not let up.

The PC market is not dying off; it's changing. Portable devices are an extension and not a practical replacement for all that a PC can do. You could say the PC market is becoming more specialized.

As for AMD...the simple truth is that they have not been putting out a competitive CPU product compared to Intel, and their best product is the Radeon GPU line which is an entirely different market.

RE: Zombie Style
By Wolfpup on 11/29/2012 9:41:32 AM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't use a phone or tablet even to comment on web pages like this. Let alone anything more complex.

Smartphones are nifty, but they're not even remotely in the same category with a traditional PC.

RE: Zombie Style
By TakinYourPoints on 11/30/2012 12:03:15 AM , Rating: 2
Why not? Its easy.

RE: Zombie Style
By Flunk on 11/29/2012 11:09:55 AM , Rating: 2
Deciding to not market smartphone or tablet processors was the worst thing AMD ever did. A few years ago they had a whole line of embedded processors (geode), if they have developed those into processors for smartphones they would be in a much more competitive position today.

At least it's looking like we're not going to NEED x86 chips in the future so Intel is not going to have a monopoly.

RE: Zombie Style
By TheSlamma on 11/29/2012 11:10:58 AM , Rating: 2
Facebook is a handy tool for becoming more and more unemployable.

RE: Zombie Style
By Flunk on 11/29/2012 11:21:36 AM , Rating: 2
You're jut not Facebooking right, if you do it actually makes you more employable.

RE: Zombie Style
By Ammohunt on 11/29/2012 11:36:44 AM , Rating: 2
I think to are mostly correct. I have a gaming rig that i use for email as well. Easily any and all of my non gaming tasks could be moved to something like a MK802 Android 4.0 Mini PC as long as i have a mouse and keyboard; a touch interface sucks for any serious amount of typing. Ths sad truth it that we have never needed the massive amount of computing power that sits on most peoples desks.

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