Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Nov 2012 22:24 UTC
AMD "Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation." Woah. Bad news for competition in the x86 space.
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RE: AMD...
by zima on Sat 17th Nov 2012 03:51 UTC in reply to "AMD..."
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When Intel did really bad, in the P4 days, they decided to change the architecture, not to try to improve Netburst which was doomed.

That's not really how it was. When Intel did really bad with Netburst, it hardly hurt them thanks to the "influence" they had on OEMs (conversely, AMD was rewarded for its tech lead less than they should).

Intel was pumping out Netburst CPUs for over half a decade, including a major redesign, Prescott (basically deserving a Pentium 5 branding), which was "more Netburst than Willamette & Northwood" - and which performed quite poorly considering the amount of changes, how it required ~2x transistors.

Generally, IPC of AMD CPUs doesn't "suck"'s worse, but they are often quite decent (especially when looking at the whole, including GPU; plus )

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