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Monday, 04 July 2011 13:24

AMD might be regretting getting rid of Dirk

Written by Nick Farell


Six months on it has not found someone better
After six months AMD still has not found someone to replace Dirk Meyer as CEO. Meyer quit because the board did not like his answer to tablets and mobiles, which suggested that it was just another Apple fad and would blow away.

But the problem is that AMD is doing rather well at the moment, not because of anything it has done in the last six months, but because of what Meyer was doing before he left. The company, which has substantial operations in Austin, has introduced two new families of PC processors in the first half of the year, Brazos and Llano, and both have been well received by PC makers. Things are starting to look like AMD's share of the PC market might climb to 25 percent or so over the next several quarters.

Meyer's believed that AMD should be targeting Intel over the PC processor market and ignore the tablet and smartphone thing. It is starting to look like he was right. Companies that have been investing large amounts of cash in tablets have lost it. In other words, the plans and programs put in place by Meyer and his team are just starting to pay off. But AMD stock is too cheap. You can pick a share up for $7 and most of that is because the outfit has not found a CEO. Part of the problem is that they want a Meyer who agrees with them about tablets and knows about them. There are few that fit that bill.

Nick Farell

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+44 #1 yourma2000 2011-07-04 13:43
What about me? I'm pretty into AMD! I'm also pretty into driving new tech such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, vote for me and I'll give you more Ghz and fps!
 
 
+84 #2 JAB Creations 2011-07-04 13:44
Tablets are toys and while there are a few people who have actual use for them they aren't a mainstream product. AMD should have gotten rid of the board of directors and kept Meyer instead.
 
 
-79 #3 dicobalt 2011-07-04 14:23
AMD should have never stopped targeting Intel. AMD decided to bankrupt themselves over buying ATI instead of simply striking a licensing deal and saving a truckload of cash. AMD decided they didn't want to make a CPU that can match the instructions per clock of Intel. So now AMD is left with a Fusion GPU that isn't even fast enough to play games at 1080p and has utterly terrible CPU performance. Now compound the fact that Bulldozer *still* isn't out yet. Do they have the cash left to play catch up yet again?
 
 
+46 #4 JAB Creations 2011-07-04 14:30
Quoting dicobalt:
So now AMD is left with a Fusion GPU that isn't even fast enough to play games at 1080p


First off Llano is a mainstream APU and it's not intended to be played at absolute maximum settings at 1920x1080 on the most graphic-intensive game you can find. It's supposed to bring the IGP on par with low-end dedicated graphics which it does successfully. In other words when you don't have a dedicated GPU you can still game versus not; that was the goal for Llano and AMD succeeded in achieving that goal contrary to what tech sites putting Core i3 systems with a dedicated GPU might tell you.
 
 
+33 #5 JAB Creations 2011-07-04 14:35
Quoting dicobalt:
has utterly terrible CPU performance. Now compound that fact that Bulldozer *still* isn't out


Secondly it's not all about CPU performance, in fact for the vast majority of people an SSD, optimized OS (disable pagefile and if you have Vista/7 disable SuperFetch) along with a decent GPU will get the job done for most people. Your computer is idle most of the time to begin with, does an extra three seconds of unzipping files hurt that much?

In the AMD versus Intel AMD products always bring a better balanced of value. Also keep in mind that Llano is mainly intended for laptops.

Lastly I'd rather wait for high-end last, let's have that 32nm optimized while AMD sells Bobcat & Llano, smarter business decision.
 
 
+24 #6 brad 2011-07-04 15:25
real bad plagiarism:
http://www.statesman.com/business/amds-search-for-a-new-ceo-continues-1579501.html

this is worse than usual. you'll feel a bit dirty when you compare these articles.
 
 
+3 #7 Dribble 2011-07-04 16:40
Perhaps the reason AMD can't seem to find a new CEO is because no one wants the job.
 
 
-38 #8 dicobalt 2011-07-04 17:34
Quoting JAB Creations:
Quoting dicobalt:
So now AMD is left with a Fusion GPU that isn't even fast enough to play games at 1080p


First off Llano is a mainstream APU and it's not intended to be played at absolute maximum settings at 1920x1080 on the most graphic-intensive game you can find.


A console named Wii U can do 1080p. If your gaming graphics can't do 1080p then they aren't good enough. This is 2011.
 
 
-27 #9 dicobalt 2011-07-04 17:36
Quoting JAB Creations:
Quoting dicobalt:
has utterly terrible CPU performance. Now compound that fact that Bulldozer *still* isn't out


Secondly it's not all about CPU performance, in fact for the vast majority of people


Those people don't need gaming graphics at all. Thus Intel's crappy integrated graphics is just fine and gives even better CPU performance at the same time for the same price and it uses less power too.
 
 
+8 #10 redunion1940 2011-07-04 18:16
Quoting dicobalt:
Quoting JAB Creations:
Quoting dicobalt:
So now AMD is left with a Fusion GPU that isn't even fast enough to play games at 1080p


First off Llano is a mainstream APU and it's not intended to be played at absolute maximum settings at 1920x1080 on the most graphic-intensive game you can find.


A console named Wii U can do 1080p. If your gaming graphics can't do 1080p then they aren't good enough. This is 2011.


At 30 fps sure, how much memory does the wii u have compared to your traditional PC, how powerful is the CPU in the wii U compared to AMD's and Intels. Also what other things can the wii u do compared to the PC
 

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