Tuesday, August 12, 2008

How the mighty have fallen.

Just four years ago AMD was at the height of its power and influence. The Athlon 64 family of processors were cheaper and faster than anything that Intel was shipping at the time. AMD was even making inroads into the lucrative laptop market which had always been Intel's personal playground. Fast forward today and AMD is in big, big trouble. They failed to innovate their CPU lines, completed an ill-advised merger with ATI and now they are considering selling off their fabrication plants.

Few people realize just what AMD has done for the computer industry. By forcing Intel into a price war with the original Athlon they helped to lower the prices on nearly every computer sold. Then the Athlon 64 series forced Intel to innovate and come out swinging with the new "Core" line of chips that have sent performance through the roof and power consumption the opposite direction. Making computers much faster and more environmentally friendly.

No matter what chip you're using today....you owe AMD some props.

No comments:

Blog Widget by LinkWithin