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[2]: Companies on the way out.
by Moochman on Fri 4th Dec 2009 22:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Companies on the way out."
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

AMD still sucks in the mobile market. For years people have been waiting for them to come up with a competitor to Intel that has similar low-power requirements, but it hasn't happened--AMD's chips are still more power-hungry than Intel's. Admittedly this has to do with the fact that Intel is always one step ahead in shrinking its manufacturing process--but it also has to do with architecture, and either way you cut it, it doesn't look good for AMD since laptops have been eating away at desktop market share for years now.

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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

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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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

P.S. I hate the funky brand names, like Turion. I managed to mispell it twice, differently, and still not catch it until now! Well, better than Semporn ;) .

Edited 2009-12-06 06:32 UTC

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