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Guys at the end of the day AMD have said for a long time they are focussing on APU if you are committed to that it's all the more likely they will cut staff because putting everything on to one chip means you don't need as much resources in each departmeny, hsa from my understanding is supposed to streamline software which should mean that small improvements each year will yield a good step forward. If they only need to make small steps forward they don't need a big research and engineering department
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If AMD closes I'd rather there be x86 patent exclusivity removal allowing all chip designers to work on the architecture.

If Intel have their way, that would probably not happen, and even if it did, I don't see any chipmaker that will want to, or can compete with Intel in making x86 chips anyway
 
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QUICKLY!! Everyone go build a new folding rig(s) with a Bulldozer(s) and 7970s!!
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I have personally been through two of these. It is never good for the employees who are let go. Hopefully most will be offered early retirement. Companies develop a lot of excess in good times. Paring back frees up future capitol to focus back on fundamentals.
It creates a much more competitive organization for the future. One that can quickly respond to market shifts.

I've personally been through more than two of these and i've NEVER found it to be good thing when cuts are of this magnitude. When a company has a couple (or even a few) of these in succession then it is doomed. This is a dying breath of AMD in it's current form.

What we have here are money-men making the bottom line look good by cutting 'cost' our of the company. We'll see incompetent management stay while 'at the coal face' workers go. This leads companies into a death spiral where they have to keep cutting costs to appease shareholders and at the same time removing their ability to chase growth when the economy improves.

Again, i've seen this before and i wouldn't be surprised if AMD is being 'leaned out' to be sold off as the board cannot see a way forward because they are useless but still want to walk away with something rather than nothing.
post #46 of 86
A couple and a few are the same but this is their second round of layoffs.
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What worries me is Nvidia spending loads of money pushing developers to treat their cards as the only option. Just look at performance in a lot of today's games, they favor the Green side.

AMD is NOT doing bad. In my eyes, for a VAST majority of the population, an APU would go further then an Intel chip, even if they can squeeze more power out of their on-die GPU's. They fail in comparison, and it's not like office programs need a hyper-threaded/high performance/expensive chip. It would be awesome if they could stick a 20-40Gb SSD on the chip too, as well as system memory. Everything on one socket would bring the cost of motherboards to dirt, and give you a full PC in the space of a deck of cards. I can wish.
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I REALLY want AMD to succeed. However, I'm not optimistic about the forthcoming Vishera CPUs. There is just too much ground to make up when it comes to Intel x86 performance edge, and no amount of price undercutting can truly compensate for that.

The lack of competitiveness is hurting all consumers, including Intel loyalists. Tech Report released an article with evidence that Intel hasn't had any incentive to lower prices for i5 and i7 processors, even when a new generation is released. x86 performance also suffers as Intel can afford take their foot off the gas and hold back on releasing new x86 performance optimizations.
    
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Bad 3Q numbers were obvious, the entire PC market is doing poorly, but this move is scary. When a company makes such a large cut, usually it isn't just trimming unneeded positions but will take away some talented individuals.
A buyer of AMD could be ARM but I doubt they would be interested. An unpopular idea would be for AMD to go on their hands and knees to Apple begging them to put their tech in Apple products.
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Originally Posted by grayskunk View Post

An unpopular idea would be for AMD to go on their hands and knees to Apple begging them to put their tech in Apple products.

I'll say it's unpopular. Not healthy for consumers. It would be PowerPC to Intel all over again rewriting software/buying new software for those chips. Again. If, it was for desktops/laptops. Could you even see Intel and AMD sharing cpu's with Apple? it sounds a mess with conflicting compatibility.
Edited by vf- - 10/13/12 at 7:22pm
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