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: Could somebode explain me
by silix on Wed 14th Nov 2012 14:41 UTC in reply to "Could somebode explain me"
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how come could AMD exist and be successful in pre-Athlon times when it only produced chips that performed worse than Intel's but were price competitive and now after it has developed (relatively) much better stuff in CPU, innovated interconnects, has leading GPU tech it struggles.
In addition while PC market is on the verge of slide down it's still much larger than it was then.

both Phenom's and Bulldozer's have higher TDP but lower IPC and real world performance (especially the second, with its statically partioned multithread architecture - static partioning is generally a bad idea btw) than Core's, this makes current FX's chips that few people would want to buy...
AMD really should have fixed their architecture's weaknesses asap, and churned out new models like there's no tomorrow (since their competitor hasnt rested on its laurels either) - instead it seems they've even taken some sort of development pause, like a sabbatical...

plus, they had a much better management back then...

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