Confused: why is the article being written now when it is talking about November?
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Relief for AMD
What a November for AMD! Starting with a US$1.25 billion-dollar cash payment from Intel to settle a lawsuit over alleged anti-competitive trade practices, AMD also managed to close all outstanding legal and patent issues with its rival, which means that Intel will not contest AMD's divestment of its manufacturing assets to GlobalFoundries. As the first step towards its financial rehabilitation, AMD seriously needs GlobalFoundries to work and succeed, while the cash from Intel will be very useful as AMD tries to get back into profitability.
And that's not all. The company announced plans for its next-gen CPU architecture, laying out the roadmap to 2011, including the much talked about Fusion initiative, which integrates graphics with the CPU. There are still many questions left unanswered and 'what-if' scenarios but there's no doubt that November has been a great month for AMD. Mind you, we haven't even started on the highs from AMD's graphics division, with the Radeon HD 5800 series stomping uncontested at the top now that the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 is available. Or even the recent news that this year's top three supercomputers used AMD's latest six-core 'Istanbul' Opteron processors.
Of course, after the euphoria dies down, the fact remains that it will be a bumpy road to 2011 for AMD. The current CPU microarchitecture is comprehensively outclassed by Intel's Nehalem and with the chip giant going to the 32nm manufacturing node early next year, chances are that AMD will find itself being squeezed out from the middle to the entry/budget and performance computing segments. It is the budget segment that we'll be looking at today, with AMD releasing a cut-down version of its Phenom II processors dubbed the Athlon II.
Originally Posted by dralb
haha, I am constantly building AMD rigs on Newegg. They always end up more expensive than I expected. One day soon I'll pull the trigger. Been waiting for the next budget OCer. (and prices to come down a bit. Maybe after the holidays)