Linked by David Adams on Fri 4th Dec 2009 17:16 UTC
In the News This 24/7 Wall Street article displays three common media ailments: hyperbole, a love for top ten lists, and an obsession with December predictions for the coming year (which off course OSNews is obviously also falling victim to), and there are some predictable losers on this list (Blockbuster Video, anyone?). I thought it would be an interesting topic for OSNews because three of the companies/brands are quite familiar to us: Palm, Motorola, and Sun Microsystems.
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RE[3]: Companies on the way out.
by cerbie on Sat 5th Dec 2009 22:41 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Companies on the way out."
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Pre-Athlon: not enough people cared, and even the decent PIII-M wasn't done 'right' until the Tualitin(sp), as the P4 was ramping up.
Athlon v. P4: both sucked.
Athlon XP v. P4: yay, AMD.
Turon v. Pentium-M: draw, both good.
Tyrion v. Core: Core a bit better, AMD much cheaper.
Core 2 to i7: Intel > * (except ARM).

It has really only been recently that Intel has bested them in efficiency. Since Intel can make chips small, cheaper, and faster, AMD can't beat them that way, and for now, is sort of stuck.

We could see them being competitive in mobile performance again, if Bobcat doesn't get delayed past 2011. Bobcat (and Bulldozer) is in many ways a departure from the path they've been taking from the K7. The thing is, I think the Atom pretty well blindsided everybody. Making Phenom II chips run efficiently enough to truly compete w/ the Core 2 and i-series mobile is probably wasted time and money, compared to coming out with an Atom competitor.

Intel is in a nice spot right now, but the future is not bleak for AMD (actually, the present isn't, either, except for small mobile stuff).

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