There has been dozens of hints this was coming, but still feels pretty sick that it is actually happening. Though I am betting there will be an AMD desktop CPU around for a while yet...likely as long as AMD is around. They are just going to be making something that isn't over competitive, but will hopefully have a decent price on it. They said they are taking the focus off of PCs; not dropping them entirely. It will probably be used to invent new ideas in the mobile developments, so they might as well make a few CPUs to sell. Plus with the mobile integration of Windows 8...a large powerful mobile CPU in a desktop might be possible.
I am also not too worried about price increases from Intel. Intel really only has been competing with its self for many years now. If the price of an Ivy Bridge CPU jumped to $2000...every one would stick with their old dells running a Pentium 4 and just suffer though it. Intel wouldn't sell anything except when people truly needed something. If Intel wants to stay in business they will have to keep their new products more competitive with their old ones. AMD is rocking about 5-7% of the server market right now and desktop market share is hard to say, but most estimates put it well under 30%. Market shares that size don't set the market price.
Hmm...I wonder if there is a clause that AMD could sell its x86 license? Especially if they sold or spun off their CPU division
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 11/29/11 at 5:36am