Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Sat 28th Feb 2009 20:29 UTC
AMD AMD recently said that they'd be starting onto the 32nm track, beginning production around the fourth quarter of 2010. Intel, on the other hand, has already demonstrated some of its prototypes and will be rolling these babies out to the public come the fourth quarter of-- ah-- this year. AMD isn't manufacturing these chips, however, and is instead laying the load on the newborn Foundry Company, which was created with the help of AMD out of ATI.
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David vs Goliath
by cade on Sat 28th Feb 2009 23:50 UTC
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I remember a few years ago seeing company financial figures showing Intel about 10x bigger than AMD (Intel has a massive 6 billion dollar R&D budget!).

So it's not surprising for AMD ("David") to lag behind Intel ("Goliath") in terms of foundary cycle (a notable feature in Intel's framework is it's foundry layout).

However, for it's relatively much smaller size, AMD have done well in pushing the technology curve (e.g. quality math floating-point support, AMD64, hypertransport-based Opteron) that made the larger Intel look "flat-footed" (i.e. behind the curve, rather than leading the curve).

In essence, products from both camps "perform" and AMD should be commended for what they have achieved in view of the relative difference in company size/budget between Intel and AMD.

Having a more level playing field (i.e. a stronger AMD, reducing Intel's monopoly) would be a good thing for the consumer as prices would be expected to be more competitive.

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