Originally Posted by xlink
if AMD drops out PPC will start edging x86.
microsoft isn't stupid and when faced with the potential of lost profits due to icnreased computer pricing and lowered demand for thier goods they will go elsewhere. For some reason I only see IBM as being all to willing to supply a few hundred million PPC CPUs a year.
You cant just edge into a technology you dont have rights to make.
Originally Posted by ENTERPRISE
If AMD drop out then Intel are also in trouble. Yes that is right. No Competition = slower progression which in turn = less buying.
Why would you upgrade your CPU if there is not much gain if any with a newer one !
As Chozart says. AMD would most likely be fine without the CPU market anyway. They have have there hands on the GPU market aswel..something that Intel has not got...well apart from the crappy onboard...but lets face it..that does not count.
Which in turn, means people wont be buying Intel? People have never really had too much of a choice up until now. Intel even with a monopoly couldnt raise prices too much because of the public backlashes.
Now, IBM.. What does IBM, or SUN have for competition over? Its a very overlooked section, thats Unix/Linux. Linux is getting easier and easier, and who's to say wont pick up alot of steam in the next few years. X86 or not, emulation is possible, and Linux runs on anything you want it to. Point being, IBM could appear in home PC's again, and Apple can switch between Intel and IBM at will (OSX works on both). Then theres VIA.. If AMD went out of business, then they just wouldnt be an independent company anymore. they would get bought out. And if VIA ever wanted to get into more mainstream stuff, then VIA could buy sections of AMD.
In any case, AMD is doing their best to cut costs, such as outsourcing their FAB work to TSMC, which has been making gpu's for Nvidia and ATI for years, along with cutbacks in employee's.