AMD Backing Out of CPU Speed Wars Against Intel

The company's CEO has taken AMD on a transitional path that appears to be more disruptive than any other event in the company's history, especially in light of the ongoing change in executive management. There is no interest at AMD to continue a processor war with Intel that has lasted decades, but only rewarded AMD with occasional superiority.

“That era is done,” Rory Read said in an interview and added, “There’s enough processing power on every laptop on the planet today.” Uh oh. Those quotes leave room for speculation that is significant enough to upset an entire loyal customer base of enthusiast users and may not have been the smartest choice of words.

It would be a bit premature to assume that AMD is not developing chips that are at least somewhat performance-competitive, but there is a clear shift in thinking that appears to be moving away from Intel being the focus to the building threat from ARM chip makers, including Nvidia. Instead of being focused on performance, AMD appears to be looking much more on cost and indirectly join a force that is building up against Intel - and especially against exclusionary marketing moves such as the Ultrabook pitch.

“I think we come in and steal the bacon around the whole thin-and-light movement and capture a significant portion of the opportunity there,” Read said.

Of course, he recognizes that AMD has to change as a whole and traditional weaknesses have to be addressed.

“It can be a very different AMD going forward, but we have a long way to go,” he said. “There’s been a passion for innovation but there needs to be a passion for delivery and a passion for the customers.”

That transformation may be done by 2015, according to Read. Given the executive changes we have seen in recent months, it is somewhat apparent that the old blood of AMD has been flushed out and replaced with a new way of thinking. Given the pace Read is driving AMD, the company may have already crossed a point of no return. It's going to be a new era for AMD and it will be interesting to see if it will have a chance to play for the market lead.

  • ehanger
    Hello intel monopoly
  • iam2thecrowe
    Fire that CEO.
  • wiyosaya
    Just shows how clueless the new guy is. IMHO, this will kill innovation at AMD, if not the company itself in due time. For me, though, it is too late. I went Intel after years of building AMD.

    His comments bring to mind those supposedly attributed to Bill Gates what were they? "Who would ever need more than 1K of RAM?"????
  • DroKing
    They better come out on top in mobile section then use that $$$ to improve the Bulldozer architecture!
  • tofu2go
    “I think we come in and steal the bacon around the whole thin-and-light movement and capture a significant portion of the opportunity there,” Read said.

    How does AMD compete on thin and light when Intel's designs are more efficient and manufactured with manufacturing process superiority?
  • ram1009
    This is NOT news. It was announced months ago.
  • RealBeast
    Sadly, he's just admitting what has been obvious for a long time.
  • N.Broekhuijsen
    ram1009This is NOT news. It was announced months ago.Then it's still news, just old news. :P

    Anyways I've been a loyal AMD builder, and whilst I have no interest in upgrading my machine now I've already felt for a while that my next rig will be "Intel Inside"
  • Guess you could say when AMD fans heard the annoucement they were hopping amd.
  • jacobdrj
    Nothing is changing. It is just a shift in the mentality... They don't need to worry about gigahertz... They need to worry about MARKETING and BALANCED PRODUCTS...