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AMD announces the job cuts after a brutal Q1 earnings announcement

After confirming it had to reduce expenses, AMD recently announced that it will cut 430 jobs worldwide, which is 2.6% of its workforce.  Around 40 jobs will be cut in AMD's Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, CA offices; 80 jobs in Austin, TX; around 12 in Boston, MA; and 50 in Markham, Ontario.  No workers in Dresden, Germany, location of AMD chip-making facilities, will be laid off. 

The remainder of the job cuts will be spread throughout AMD offices and manufacturing locations around the world.  Most of the jobs will be from marketing, sales and administration, but several engineering jobs will also be cut.

The announcement comes after AMD Chief Executive Hector Ruiz described AMD's recent performance as "unacceptable."  Ruiz said that as many as 800 jobs, the equivalent of 5% of AMD's workforce, would face possible elimination.

"There is no way to sugarcoat our performance in the first quarter," after the company posted a $611 million loss, said Ruiz.

Industry analysts are unsure if AMD will have to cut more jobs in the near future.  "I'm surprised the number is as small as what it is," said Brian Piccioni, a BMO Capital Markets analyst.

American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman believes the job cuts could "save the company about $40 million per annum in operating expenses and add 8 cents to the bottom-line."

AMD recently detailed its desktop plans for the next year, which the company hopes will help it regain footing in the CPU market.  It recently unveiled Agena FX, a quad-core desktop CPU, and plans on unveiling Phenom FX next week. 

The company remains engaged in a brutal price cut war with Intel.  Intel slashed prices on the Core 2-family late last month, with deeper price cuts expected this summer.  In addition, Intel was able to neutralize an entire year of AMD marketshare gains in one quarter.

While Intel released the Core 2 Duo chip last year, AMD believes its Barcelona technology will offer better performance since it has four cores on a single die.

Intel recently also announced that it will cut another 1,000 employees at a plant where some employees worked on  200mm silicon wafers.

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Intel eliminates 11,500 jobs and closes Fabs
By cornfedone on 5/12/2007 11:29:49 AM , Rating: 2
This real story is Intel is losing market share, eliminating tens of thousands of jobs and closing Fabs because AMD continues to gain market share with better products and service. Yes, AMD has suffered from a price war as Intel has and yes AMD has lost some sales due to Intel rushing some Hail Mary products to market, but AMD is once again gonna punish Intel with the K10 series.

Instead of closing Fabs like Intel, AMD is building Fabs because demand for their products is increasing despite a couple quarters blip in sales. ATI's new products are also positioned to gain market share. All M&As take some time to start hitting on all cylinders and that's about to happen for AMD. Intel already knows it's up the creek and that is why they have been trying to buy every sale they can get now before Barcelona. Intel knows once the K10 iterations are released, Intel is in deep shitze and will need to resort to media hype and fire sale pricing to sell their non competitive products.

RE: Intel eliminates 11,500 jobs and closes Fabs
By hellokeith on 5/12/2007 1:30:34 PM , Rating: 2
Are you living under a rock?

Intel took back retail dominance in only 2-3 quarters. Demand isn't high for AMD hardware, in any way you want to compare it. The only slightly favorable area AMD has left is MP Server market, which is high cost/low profit, and everyone already sees this market shifting back as we speak to Intel with their Core 2 Xeons, quad-core MP, etc.

Go back to your viral market hole and enjoy your FUD shil money.

By ninjit on 5/12/2007 6:06:18 PM , Rating: 5
wtf is wrong with you?
Do you have capitalization-Tourettes or something?

That has to be one of the worst posts I've ever had the pain of reading.

By herbiehancock on 5/13/2007 8:40:03 AM , Rating: 1
I just wonder who the heck pays cornfedhole to spew that trash!

True, Intel closed some Fabs.......and is opening new ones at the same time. Interestingly, they closed the oldest tech ones....nothing producing current tech, like C2D cpus.

I still have yet to see cornhole produce a single link to any legit sites that show Intel losing market share right now to AMD....and that's because he cannot.

The C2D cpus are a ""Hail Mary"???? I suppose if you live in an insane, not-from-anyone-else's reality...but in this world, the C2D is anything but a Hail Mary was and is a very good step forward for Intel in cpu design.

And when AMD finally gets Barcelona to market, Intel will have its NEXT gen processors about to debut.

But I love how cornholio contradicts himself throughout his FUD posting.......first says Intel is losing market share right now, and then does a 180 and says AMD has had a couple of quarters downturn in sales.

So which is it? AMD gaining market share or AMD having, as you put it, a 2 quarter (and that's 6 months...half a year!) of depressed sales? Can't have both simultaneously, boyo.

So, keep fronting and shilling for AMD.....everyone sees right through you, cornanushole, for what you PAID AMD SHILL.

Good luck and good night.

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