AMD Ups Ante in Chip Wars

Launching another volley at Intel, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) this week released the next generation of its Opteron quad-core server processors.

It's been a tough battle AMD has fought with archrival Intel. During earnings reporting season a few weeks ago, we reported that AMD had endured its third losing quarter in a row.

It's not all bad news for the Sunnyvale chippers, though. Server shipments and market share are creeping up. Sill, Intel isn't making it easy, as it just announced its own new line of Xeon dual-core chips.

While Intel still has a solid lock on laptop and desktop chips, AMD has friends in the server world. It first rolled out the Opteron line in 2003 to lukewarm response. This time, since some of the major server manufacturers like HP, Sun and IBM already run their servers with AMD chips, they're more likely to do so again.

What's your take on the chip wars? Are you solidly one way or the other? Check in with me at llow@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Lafe Low on September 12, 2007 at 11:57 AM


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