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AMD launches a new website to educate the consumer on the evils of Intel

AMD is enjoying the fact the European Commission charged Intel for anticompetitive measures. The company enjoys the fact so much it has launched a new pseudo-advertising campaign website providing updates on the case. The new AMD website, breakfree.amd.com, provides all the information you would ever need to know on the allegations. Additionally, the site provides information on antitrust, competition and procurement.

Of course, since it is an AMD site the information is going to favor AMD. There is no mention of the official response from Intel regarding the subject matter. All the industry quotes cited by AMD reflect negatively on Intel. Not that I am trying to defend Intel or anything, but only the European Commission has charged Intel. Nothing has been proven and until there is an official ruling on the issue, I reserve my opinion on Intel’s tactics.

At the end of the day, a corporation’s primary goals are to make money. I highly doubt AMD intends to educate buyers about a competitive marketplace. However, since it is the only direct Intel competitor, it wants a bigger slice of pie. The company enjoyed major growth with the launch of Opteron and Athlon 64. The company also struck a major deal with Dell – a once Intel only house.

Sadly, like every other company, with growth and a performance-leading product, they get arrogant. The once great Intel lost the battle to 1.0 GHz to AMD’s Athlon and moved towards the clock-happy Netburst architecture. While the Netburst architecture, in its later days, had no troubles beating out the Athlon XP, the Athlon 64 and Opteron was a tougher sell.

AMD was in the lead for quite a bit, through the end of Northwood and the lifetime of Prescott, Smithfield and Presler. This is where the arrogance sets in. AMD’s fabrication processes, processors and competition was a bit lackluster. The K8 architecture remains around, after launching over three years ago. AMD is barely pushing out 65nm products and continues to hock new 90nm products. Not much has really changed from the AMD lineup except the move to dual-core.

Intel saw the mistakes of its clock-happy era and arrogance and released Conroe. The company is also on a fast track plan of shrinking fabrication processes every other year and launching completely new architectures in-between. AMD could learn a thing or two from Intel’s stringent roadmap.

I will give AMD the benefit of the doubt though. They might have a killer next-generation product, but from the early testing I have performed on Barcelona, there is no light at the end of the tunnel -- with the K10 generation at least. However, AMD isn’t planning to issue DVT samples of Barcelona to partners until later this month. Who knows, maybe they somehow gained an extra 10% in clock-for-clock performance since then.

There is still light at the end of the tunnel in the long-run. AMD’s recent Technology Analyst day revealed interesting details of the company’s modular Fusion architecture. Maybe Fusion is just what AMD needs to swing the pendulum back into its favor. Either way, AMD has a tough road ahead.

The late launch of its quad-core processors, nearly a year after Intel, and the new Phenom branding will keep the marketing team busy. There’s a lot the company needs to do, but “breaking free” is the least of its problems.


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RE: wow
By cochy on 8/10/2007 3:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But do you not find it a bit fishy that AMD had a better product for 4 years and only barely managed to even up their marketshare, to have it all taken back in 6 months?


Not at all. AMD simply has next to no marketing. Their CPU couldn't make espresso but if the consumer does't know AMD they won't buy it.


RE: wow
By cochy on 8/10/2007 3:09:03 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
couldn't


Could

...going back to sleep


RE: wow
By Anh Huynh on 8/10/2007 3:27:11 PM , Rating: 1
Yep. AMD doesn't spend enough on marketing. Intel shoves enough marketing campaigns down consumer throats that its hard not to recognize the brand. AMD on the other hand...well...yea...

Company A can have a superior product to Company B, but if Company B knows how to market, they'll most likely gain more ground.


RE: wow
By tdktank59 on 8/10/2007 10:35:45 PM , Rating: 1
Heres a perfect example of it

back before we have nice operating systems from Microsoft and Others....

There were punch cards woot!!!!

anyways IBM and Microsoft both were developing a operating system for your average joe. IBM's was FAR supurior to Microsofts but Microsoft had the marketing and IBM didnt...

I dont know how IBM responded to this since i wasnt around for this but from waht i can come to they didnt do much besides maybe complain a bit... not go and try and sue and shut down there competition like AMD is trying to do... (well get money out of them...)


RE: wow
By omnicronx on 8/10/2007 3:30:08 PM , Rating: 1
Ya, well ive heard talking is hard with a sock in your mouth. its not that AMD has no marketing, Intel just has better marketing, something that more money tends to do. This is one thing though that is no fault of intel's, bigger companies usually have better/more powerfull marketing.

Its not like the guy who is incharge of buying x said number of pc's from DELL or some other manufacturer did not know that AMD held the performance crown for some time.
I agree with you about the average person, but to the people making the big decisions concerning buying computers would probably be aware of the status of the current market.
Or they wont have a job too long.


RE: wow
By cochy on 8/10/2007 4:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
Unless I am mistaken here the "average person" makes up the bulk of the PC market share.

When you look at markets such as the server market the picture changes dramatically. AMD is much stronger in that segment because they have superior server products and Intel's in your face marketing isn't as effective.


RE: wow
By tdktank59 on 8/10/2007 10:31:49 PM , Rating: 2
actually it might be able to lol since there chips run about 20+ *F more than Intels...

i think thats what it came out to either way the numbers may be wrong but Amds chips run hotter and take more power while intels require less power and produce less heat


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