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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AMD...
by twitterfire on Fri 16th Nov 2012 14:15 UTC
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2008-09-11

IPC sucks for AMD. AMD actually managed to release worse quad core processors than their old Phenom II line.

When Intel did really bad, in the P4 days, they decided to change the architecture, not to try to improve Netburst which was doomed.

AMD are trying to make small incremental improvements to the failed Bulldozer architecture. To what end will they succeed, we shall see in a few years. Either they recover fast, either they can fill for bankruptcy.

They recently hired back Jim Keller, the guy who lead the design for their Athlon 64 cpus. Let's hope Jim Keller helps them make good architectural choices.

Aside for bad IPC, AMD is a whole process node behind Intel. They are on a 32 nm process, while Intel is on 22.

They have to coerce Global Foundries in changing the process much faster or try to negotiate with other fabs, maybe TSMC. Intel will switch to 14 nm in 2013, Global Foundries might stay on 32.

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RE: AMD...
by zima on Sat 17th Nov 2012 03:51 in reply to "AMD..."
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2005-07-06

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" ...it's worse, but they are often quite decent (especially when looking at the whole, including GPU; plus http://www.osnews.com/permalink?542521 )

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