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AMD Reports $590 Million Loss Due to Breakup with GF

AMD has taken an expected hit on its Q1 quarter earnings as a result of the decision to buy itself out of a manufacturing agreement with Globalfoundries. The agreement would have given Globalfoundries exclusive manufacturing rights of AMD 28 nm APUs.

The $703 million payment drove AMD to a $590 million loss for the second quarter 2012. Revenue was down 2 percent year over year to $1.59 billion. Non-GAAP net income was $92 million, up from $56 million in Q1 2011. AMD also noted that its cash reserves declined by $201 million to $1.71 billion, which was due to a $281 million cash payment in the SeaMicro acquisition and a $150 million expense due to wafer supply in 2012. AMD previously said that the total cost of SeaMicro will be $336 million.

CEO Rory Read said that AMD was able to meet customer demand for 32 nm products in the first quarter as 32 nm processor supply improved. AMD was able to ramp its APU share in mobile processors to "nearly 100 percent" and achieve 30 percent unit growth year over year. While not explicitly stating that AMD is focusing on the very low end of the notebook market, Read said that "APUs continue to increase as a percentage of […] top-selling notebook SKUs in North America, priced at about $400." Bulldozer cores accounted for the first time for more than 50 percent of AMD server CPU revenue and unit shipments in the quarter. Read noted that demand for AMD GPU is "strong" and that he was "happy" with 28 nm chip supply.

For the second quarter, AMD expects revenue to increase about 3 percent sequentially as Trinity and Brazos 2.0 will launch "later this quarter".