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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 mmarq on 7/11/2007 3:41:19 PM , Rating: 2
Very interesting link thanks...

So it seems i was wrong in my suspicions and Penryn is more than a die shrink, capable of equal or better performance than Barcelona at the same clock speed, and able to achieve much higher clocks... AMD is in trouble if they cannot scale the clock of their Barcelona.

(hmm... IBM managed to get pass 5.0 Ghz(so they claim) in a bigger chip (Power 6), in the same almost exact 65nm process of AMD, why cant they get somehow much closer to that ?)

The new one looks to be a native quad that they will mcm to eight core with hyperthreading on each core. 16 simultaneous threads

So it seems that its a native quad core.

# Scalable performance: 1 to 16+ threads, 1 to 8+ cores, scalable cache sizes
(very good, and with L2/L3 too... hardly to tell how it compares to decoupled, clustered, speculative multithreading of reverse-hyperthreading rumors and other interviews and slide clues of AMD... if they are true... :
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona... hmmm... speculative anyway)

# Scalable and configurable system interconnects and integrated memory controllers
(doubt CSI could take on HT3.0, Direct Conect 2.0 at first time)

# High performance integrated graphics engine for client
( Intel dont have hypertransport neither a crossfire like scheme... would they buy Nvidia for not being inferior to FUSION? )

Remarkable year 2008 will be... and if AMD dosent execute much faster than today, and i hope they will, we will have an absolute monopolist... and i would not like to buy my next 8 core CPU at 2000$... thats the only reason not an anti-Intel sentiment.

RE: wa
By mars777 on 7/15/2007 7:12:30 AM , Rating: 2
(hmm... IBM managed to get pass 5.0 Ghz(so they claim) in a bigger chip (Power 6), in the same almost exact 65nm process of AMD, why cant they get somehow much closer to that ?)

Because the Power architecture is in-order vs the out-of-order of modern multipurpose cpus made by Intel and AMD.

THis makes them more than 20% slower clock-per-clock basis on few-thread operations, which they hide by using some form of hyperthreading.

Anyhow they are not targeted to me and you. Simple as that :)

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