AMD: Intel has nothing on us

AMD: Intel has nothing on us

Summary: Marty Seyer, senior vice president of AMD's commercial segment, looked to "set the record straight" on the chipmaker's performance vs. Intel in the server market.

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Marty Seyer, senior vice president of AMD's commercial segment, looked to "set the record straight" on the chipmaker's performance vs. Intel in the server market.

Speaking at AMD's analyst day in New York, Seyer added there has been "a lot of noise" about the competition's (Intel's) performance gains in the two processor server space.

"If you compare AMD servers vs. the competition. There is not a disadvantage. It's neck and neck with slight advantage on raw performance in AMD."

In the four-processor market, Seyer maintained that AMD has an edge. He also provided data from a Thomas Weisel report on performance per watt.


Seyer also said AMD would ramp up its Quad core efforts adding that "this is not about slapping two more cores in the architecture." "We're going to raise the bar," said Seyer. 

Here's a look at what AMD has planned in the commercial market for 2007. 


While AMD executives talked about the new AMD, which includes the ATI acquisition and graphic processor capabilities, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Henri Richard said the company hasn't lost its focus on the server space.

However, don't be surprised if AMD's consumer efforts grab more of the spotlight. Richard said AMD will unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show an AMD powered "Home Cinema PC," which is a souped up version of today's media center.

Also on tap is an AMD Turion64X2 Content Creation Laptop. "This is just conceptual at this point in time, but you'll see more," said Richard.

Topic: Processors

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  • When you consider Intel's dual-socket quad core solution, AMD loses

    When you consider Intel's dual-socket quad core 8-way solution, AMD loses the "four processor" market because they can only offer 8-way solutions in a 4 socket server. That's nearly double the cost for the AMD 8-way system and Intel's two-socket system is able to beat AMD's four-socket system in most real-world tests in performance and by a large margin in power consumption. Even if you ignore the fact that AMD hardware costs nearly twice as much because it has twice the sockets, software licensing is a killer for AMD because you get charged double for licensing. Software licensing is usually much more expensive than hardware which makes AMD's four processor system extremely unattractive. AMD will maintain this lead for at least 6 months before AMD comes out with their own quad-core CPU.
    georgeou
    • Software licensing?

      Not all of us are running windoze.
      reugen