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Former ATI president and CEO resigns from AMD

AMD today announced Dave Orton, executive vice president of AMD, has resigned. The resignation is effective in the end of July 2007. Orton was the former president and chief executive officer of ATI before the merger with AMD. A new executive vice president has not been appointed yet.

“It is with mixed feelings that I am leaving AMD,” Orton said. “I am very optimistic about AMD’s future. I believe strongly in the strategies that brought AMD and ATI together and the talented employees of the ‘new AMD’ who are committed to winning in the market by delivering the best possible solutions for customers.”

Orton was one of the “key drivers in the successful integration of AMD and ATI,” according to AMD President and Chief Operating Officer Dirk Meyer. “With his integration work complete and the successful launch of key graphics and chipset products earlier this year, the time was right for Dave to take his personal and professional life in a different direction,” he added.

Despite the “successful integration” of AMD and ATI, the company continues to hemorrhage cash, with debts mounting up fast and an estimated $1.1 billion in the bank. The company also posted a first quarter loss of $611 million USD.  





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By SmokeRngs on 7/11/2007 10:35:46 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
it has advaced SSE4 instructions that help in media encoding and tech computing performace


In my experience, it normally takes 2-3 years for a noticeable amount of software to incorporate optimizations which make use of one of the iterations of SSE. I haven't really looked recently, but I haven't seen much in the way of advertising of SSE3 optimizations.

Basically, optimizations such as this rarely show any improvement in performance until later down the road. AMD will have SSE4 long before there is widespread use of the instructions so it's unlikely there will be any actual performance gains at Penryn's release due to SSE4.

I'm interested to see how Penryn actually does. I applaud any efforts to increase the efficiency of my computing hardware.


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