AMD to Close Geode Facility, Hints at Embedded Opterons
July 19, 2006 12:18 PM
comment(s) - last by
AMD moves away from Alchemy and Geode, but hints at more powerful embedded solutions
According to several reports, AMD announced that it will be
closing down its embedded microprocessor design facility in Longmont, Colorado
. Back in 2003, AMD purchased the facility from National Semiconductor that was working on a system-on-chip processor families. These original Geode embedded processors were x86 compatible processors that were used in devices such as handhelds, competing with Intel's line of ARM architecture XScale processors.
AMD will be cutting roughly 75 jobs from the Longmont location, while another 75 jobs from the same location will be relocated to Ft. Collins, Colorado. According to reports, AMD plans the Ft. Collins location close to where HP has its location.
Closing of the Geode facility marks AMD's second closure of embedded microprocessors as the company previously announced that
it sold the Alchemy division to Raza Microelectronics
. Interestingly, AMD did not comment on whether or not it would outright sell its Geode division. The Geode processors were known to be more powerful than the Alchemy processors, although they are also generally more expensive. In fact, AMD's Geode NX processor was based on a mobile Athlon processor running at 667MHz to 1.4GHz. According to Erick Salo, AMD's director of marketing for embedded processors, closing the Geode facility was "a design focus decision, rather than a decision about product lines."
Intel this year also sold its XScale division to Marvell for $600 million
. The transition Intel said, would take roughly four months to complete. AMD's announcement of the Alchemy line separation came around roughly the same time as Intel's announcement, and the new details about its Geode line seems to confirm AMD's change of focus. Salo indicated that customers showed interest in embedded processors derived from its highly successful Opteron processors. "There is a lot of opportunity there," Salo said.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
7/19/2006 1:55:46 PM
Lets just say that I wouldn't hold my breath on the $100 laptop using Geode parts... The whole Geode acquisition has been troublesome from the start (I'm speaking with first hand knowledge...)
The decision to cut these products was taken(in my opinion) largely because they have underperformed revenue and volume wise due in large part to inflated market size expectations created by folks such as Mr. Salo quoted in this article.
Just an FYI, the Geode NX is actually just a Barton core with the voltage turned down a bit to lower power consumption... The Geode LX is a design that was inherited from National Semiconductor..
7/19/2006 1:57:17 PM
Oops, didn't see that you already had K7 based NX in your post... Sorry about that.. :)
7/20/2006 8:43:48 AM
The Geode LX still has its niche and let me tell you why:
The old Via eden core is obsoleted. There is a market for low power embedded x86 processors, VIA did not obsolete the eden because of profit but because Intel refused to renew IP VIA was borrowing. The LX is actually now trickling into this niche. Amd took a poor performance 586 core and tacked on thier newest ddr controller whilst maintaining an ultra low power envelope(just over 1W total power draw). The eden never got this low in power consumption and there isn't a comparable 586 level SoC with as many features.
I don't think AMD will kill off the line. If anything they just established the LX. NX on the other hand, has not had many design wins. The old GX is dead, deservedly so. I'm curios to see if AMD can take what they learned from the National Semi line and translate that to the embedded Opteron side of buisness.
“So far we have not seen a single Android device that does not infringe on our patents." -- Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith
Marvell Buys Intel XScale Division for $600M
June 27, 2006, 12:40 PM
AMD Spins Off Alchemy CPU, Opens Door for AMD Co-Processors
June 14, 2006, 12:04 AM
Report: AT&T Eyeing $40B DirecTV Purchase
May 1, 2014, 8:00 AM
WebOS Class Action Settlement Costs HP $57 Million
April 1, 2014, 10:22 AM
IBM Workers Strike Over Terms of Deal That Will Have Them Working for Lenovo
March 6, 2014, 9:29 AM
Google Picking Up Artificial Intelligence Company "DeepMind" for $400 Million
January 27, 2014, 9:25 AM
Quick Note: Qualcomm Grabs up Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone Patent Portfolio from HP
January 24, 2014, 9:18 AM
Verizon Buys Intel Media OnCue Cloud TV assets
January 21, 2014, 10:26 AM
Most Popular Articles
Apple's iPhone, iPad Update iOS 7.1.2 is Badly Broken for Some
July 8, 2014, 2:00 PM
Despite Legal Threats Google Begins Posting Warnings of ISP Throttling
July 7, 2014, 5:52 PM
Buzz Aldrin Says First Astronauts to Set Foot on Mars Should Never Return Home
July 9, 2014, 9:46 AM
Your Uncharged Smartphone, Tablet May Prevent You from Boarding U.S.-bound Flights
July 6, 2014, 11:11 PM
Samsung Sales, Profit Drops in Q2, Apple Sees Troubling Signs Too
July 8, 2014, 8:18 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information