AMD, Microsoft Beat Analyst Estimates, Despite Struggles
April 19, 2013 12:02 PM
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AMD trims its losses and Microsoft shores up its gains
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (
) announced its
late yesterday, as did the world's largest operating system maker, Microsoft Corp. (
I. Microsoft Gets Boost From Deferred Revenue
Both companies beat analyst estimates.
slowing PC sales
criticisms about its design direction
with Windows 8, Microsoft drew revenue of $20.5B USD in its fiscal third quarter -- up from $17.4B USD in 2012's fiscal Q3. Windows revenue was essentially flat, but was up 23 percent with the inclusion of deferred Windows 8 upgrade income.
Microsoft made $6.06B USD in profit. While the revenue was roughly in line with a
of 23 analysts, the profit was a bit of a surprise: the surveyed analysts only expected $5.7B USD in profit.
Microsoft posted a bigger-than-expected profit on the back of Windows 8 upgrade revenue.
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controversy over DRM
, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 continues to be a strong revenue driver as part of The Entertainment and Devices Division. Microsoft is looking ahead to
(codenamed "Windows Blue") and
Windows Phone 8.1
, which will
launch later this year
II. AMD: Lower Losses, Big Console Design Wins
saw revenue sag
to $1.09B USD, down from $1.59B USD a year before. But it
its operating loss to $146M USD, down from a whopping $473M USD in 2012. That loss was significantly smaller than the $202M USD
it to post.
AMD president and new CEO
comments, "Our first quarter results reflect our disciplined operational execution in a difficult market environment. We have largely completed our restructuring and are now focused on delivering a powerful set of new products that will accelerate our business in 2013. We will continue to diversify our portfolio and attack high-growth markets like dense server, ultra low-power client, embedded and semi-custom solutions to create the foundation for sustainable financial returns."
AMD cut nearly
30 percent of its engineering staff
in late 2012. But it also
hired on some engineers with mobile experience
to boost its prospective entry into the tablet or smartphone space. AMD has started shipping
, which fall in AMD's A-Series branding.
Looking ahead in the longer term, AMD is
plotting a switch
to ARM Holdings Plc.'s (
) proprietary CPU architecture. In the meantime AMD looks to have strong upcoming sources of revenue thanks to
design wins on the PS4 console
from Sony Corp. (
) which uses AMD GPUs and CPUs, and Microsoft's upcoming Xbox 720, which is
expected to use an AMD CPU
currently an AMD 550 MHz Radeon "Latte" GPU
aboard Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (
popular Wii U
FT [analyst estimates; MSFT]
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RE: Microsoft's been doing it for years
4/19/2013 5:42:31 PM
It would depend upon the exact meaning of "1.5 million devices shipped".
If that is 1.5 million sold to end users, that's a lot.
If that is 1.5 million retained by end users after accounting for any and all returns during that period then that truly a lot.
If that is 1.5 million shipped to Microsoft's distributors (with an unknown number, but lesser number, sold to end users) then it's disappointing as some companies are known to channel stuff (NOT saying that's what Microsoft did).
Without an accurate definition of "1.5 million devices shipped" it is impossible to say whether this was a significant number or not.
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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