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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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RE: wa
By KnightProdigy on 7/11/2007 10:59:19 AM , Rating: 2
It's funny how AMD and ATI are heading up the on-die graphics arena. Intel revealed their idea for it only 6mo after AMD.
Intel with a better architecture?
Thats why they have been playing catch up to AMD since the K6 right?

Sure, as soon as Intel gains the speed crown or releases 'new' information, all the fanbois come out trying to make it sound like Intel 'had it' all along.
I used to be an Intel fanboi until they AXED the potential of the Copperhead FORCING their customers to buy the insanely overpriced higher end procs.

Your advanced SSE4 and ATA instructions are only to try to keep up with OLD 3D Now tech. Intel has always sucked on the media end of things and are STILL behind AMD in that market. Gotta look at the bigger picture here.

As far as the 25% less power consumption...true, but in the low power consumption arena, AMD still has them beat in performance/watt (I could be wrong but Penryn cannot even run full speed @ 45w or below).
The new interconnects are only to compete with HT3, and from the specs, it looks to me like even that has come up short. In the desktop and consumer market, analysts have stated that 8 cores will show little to no performance increase over 4 (similar to a RAID affect). After 4, the architecture and innovation needs to come to par to see a significant speed increase. Considering the AMD vs Intel release date information, AMD may have that covered, since they have scheduled a NUMBER of releases in the next year as Intel, well, not so many.

OP of this thread is correct. Do your homework before arguing with someone.
Guess we will have to wait and see.

RE: wa
By zsdersw on 7/11/2007 12:02:41 PM , Rating: 2
Thats why they have been playing catch up to AMD since the K6 right?

You couldn't be more wrong.

Intel has always sucked on the media end of things

Again, you couldn't be more wrong. Even in the P4 days, Intel was either ahead or very competitive in media encoding. It was a common bright spot in the benchmarks for the P4. Core 2 didn't give anything back to AMD in media encoding (or anything else), either.

RE: wa
By mmarq on 7/11/2007 4:39:56 PM , Rating: 1
Thats why they have been playing catch up to AMD since the K6 right?

You couldn't be more wrong.

Well since the K6 no, but since the K7 and K8 yes. And AMD can blame itself, and the huge influence of Intel upon the spin bullshitting press for not being able to dent a much much larger dent on Intel market share.

RE: wa
By zsdersw on 7/12/2007 12:04:07 PM , Rating: 2
but since the K7 and K8 yes.

Incorrect. Core 2 has places Intel in the lead. Now it's AMD's turn to catch up.

RE: wa
By zsdersw on 7/12/2007 12:33:17 PM , Rating: 2
has *placed* Intel in the lead, I meant to type.

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