AMD Posts $611 Million Net Loss in Q1
April 19, 2007 9:13 AM
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Q1 2007 performance is "disappointing and unacceptable" says AMD's chief financial officer
Ten days ago, AMD announced that it was planning to restructure its business due to a significant drop in quarterly revenue. At the time, the company was projecting its Q1 revenue to come in at $1.225 billion USD.
The official numbers are in and AMD has reported Q1 revenue of $1.233 billion USD and an net loss of $611 million USD. The numbers include a charge of $113 million USD due to the acquisition of ATI and $28 million USD for employee stock-based compensation expenses. AMD had revenue of $1.773 billion USD in Q4 2006.
The ongoing price war between AMD and Intel is partially to blame for the reduced earnings. Intel has been
aggressively cutting prices on its current processors
and AMD has been
quick to respond
. AMD as a result has witnessed lower average selling prices (ASPs) in addition to lower unit sales.
"After more than three years of successfully executing our customer expansion strategy and significantly growing our unit and revenue base, our first quarter performance is disappointing and unacceptable," said AMD CFO Robert J. Rivet. "We are aggressively addressing the issues that led to our significant revenue decline. We are aligning our business model, capital expenditures and cost structure with the goal of accelerating our return to profitability. Lastly, our customer relationships remain solid, reflecting their confidence in our strategic direction, current and new products, and technology roadmaps."
On a positive note, AMD reported $197 million USD in revenue from its graphics division in Q1 2007. This represented a 19 percent gain from Q4 2006. AMD's next generation DirectX 10-based R600 graphics processor is expected to launch within the next few weeks. The top of the line
AMD ATI Radeon HD 2900 XT
will feature 320 stream processors, 512-bit memory interface with eight channels, native CrossFire support, 128-bit HDR rendering, 24x anti-aliasing and HDMI output with 5.1 surround sound.
Looking to the near future, AMD plans to get its
65nm native quad-core
out the door during Q3. AMD has high hopes for the processors which will incorporate 2MB of L3 cache and AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology. "We expect across a wide variety of workloads for
by 40 percent
," said AMD's corporate vice president for server and workstation products, Randy Allen in January.
The company will not, however, begin production of 45nm processors until the first half of 2008. 45nm processors won’t actually ship until the second half of 2008.
Intel is well aware of AMD's plans and many have suggested that the company released
early performance numbers for its quad-core
to divert attention away from AMD's upcoming
. Intel's 45nm
taped-out in January
and will begin shipping in the
latter half of 2007
-- roughly a year ahead of AMD's first 45nm processor.
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RE: K10 is very important now
4/21/2007 7:13:31 AM
Timing and cost are crucial elements here. If the 8-core desktop solution can beat the competition without a huge cost premium, it will be a winner. People did not complain about the A64 not because they were thinking '64 bit applications will eventually get here', but because the A64 was often better than the competition even at the time even in 32bit app, and was priced at a level people could afford. In that sense, the 64bit element was gravy (that's not to say no one took advantage of it - but I am quite sure most were happy using it under 32bit WinXP).
If the 8-core system can't beat the competition the majority of the time and/or without a huge premium. I am sure that they will still sell - like the P4 Extreme, Athlon FX did. But such releases will only appeal to a fairly small amount of individuals, and if the AMD chip is still slower per core - then I suspect Intel will remain in a more attractive position for most. Personally I will go for the best within my budget. I have no issue going with AMD or Intel. Of course, I'd like AMD to stay in the market to provide competition. But it's up to their products to convince me.
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