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AMD still hunting for a CEO, four executives turn offer down

By Emil · 22 replies
Jun 17, 2011
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  1. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has approached at least four individuals asking them if they would like to become the company's next Chief Executive Officer. The four candidates in question were…

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  2. (Waves hand in the air)
    Oooh! Me, me, pick me!
  3. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,950   +1,321

    NO, PICK ME!!!
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,323   +1,094

    Guys, stand back, I only want one months pay! then i'd let you step in.
  5. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,633   +97

    One month pay with 'severance' package ?
  6. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    I want to moth, then I`ll Quit!
  7. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,137   +134

    Considering how poorly Bulldozer engineering samples have performed (assuming what I've seen is true), I really don't blame any of the execs for not wanting to pick up the pieces if it fails hard after the RTM version hits. Someone does need to step up and turn AMD around though. I miss the days of old when AMD was a real contender in the market.
  8. Who cares about bulldozer. High end doesn't matter anymore. Who cares if get few more fps in fhd with amd cpu. APU is the future and this is where amd shows good results.
  9. Did they try Craigslist?
  10. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,137   +134

    High end doesn't matter anymore? I'm guessing you're not much of an enthusiast or a gamer. If all you want to do is watch hd movies on your pc, then no you don't need a high end system, but for a gaming enthusiast having the most powerful hardware is essential.
  11. Console ports are fully playable at mainstream hardware, oh and cpu matters a LOT less these days.
  12. example1013

    example1013 TS Enthusiast Posts: 263

    And most games today ARE console ports.
  13. dotVezz

    dotVezz TS Booster Posts: 112

    I'll agree that "High End' isn't important. The most important thing is the cost/performance ratio. If there's an affordable processor with a high cost/performance ratio and it happens to be "High End", though, then I'm gonna by it.

    APU's seem to be very promising, and that's why I'm still expecting good things from AMD in the future.
  14. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,267

    Actually you're only about 99% wrong. APU will invariably be a high volume, low margin dogfight between AMD, Intel and ARM. High margins are for GPU and server grade CPU. Bulldozer was developed primarily as a server part (Interlagos), and judging by the fact that AMD are now ditching their much touted VLIW GPU architecture in favour of scalar architecture* in an effort to regain marketshare in GPGPU it would seem the AMD are intent on the high margin/high selling point of enterprise SKU's.

    Being able to integrate GPU with CPU will no doubt be benificial for a combined co-processor, whether it be mobile, desktop or enthusiast- the trick is to pour funding in development of software that will take advantage of the architecture. Welcome to parallelization AMD, Intel and Nvidia were probably wondering when you'd show up.

    * An architecture pioneered by Nvidia with G80 (8800GTX) five years ago, and part of the reason that Nvidia posts a healthy profit even when desktop/mobile part sales wane.

    [Bonus content: PC Per looks at AMD's Southern Islands -and beyond-architecture]
  15. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,255   +772

    I hate all these people that think the GPU and gaming are the deciding factor when buying a computer. this is a damn tech site, not a gaming site ffs.

    AMD is mixing old shiit (CPU) with new shiit (GPU on-die). not really much to get excited about at this point for anyone already using a discrete graphics card. It's a better IGP, nothing more... oooh but its better than what Intel has though you say. really? you're a graphics company and Intel is a CPU company and this gets you excited?

  16. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,255   +772

    AMD bought a graphics company to beat a CPU companys' IGP.

  17. Kid take a chill pill. AMD is slower, but not like thousand times slower so your gaming argument is invalid. AMD bought ati to compete with nvidia not intel's igp u dumb kid and they are doing pretty well. Your statement "AMD is mixing old shiit (CPU) with new shiit (GPU on-die)" just shows u are freaking fanboy, thats all. All the money is in the affordable mainstream and mobile stuff and this is where amd is aiming.
  18. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 489   +37

    That is one hell of an ugly building AMD have themselves there…
  19. PinothyJ

    PinothyJ TS Guru Posts: 489   +37

    It depends what you are doing: I spend a lot of time compiling maps for source games, something that required full CPU workload on all of my six (1090T) cores. The money I would have had to spend to get an equivalent hex-core chip from Intel to match the same speed would be more than four times as much (hyper-threading is not going to help in such a situation).

    So in terms of one versus the other it all depends on what you do to which will translate as a better option to you.

  20. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,267

    It's an open call.
    Fill it out.
    Send it off.
    You too can bore an auditorium full of tech-press with a slide deck at Computex!
    [Application form]
  21. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 387   +55

    This isn't good. Why would four candidates turn down the offer? Maybe they know something we don't know.
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,840   +1,267

    The problem is likely that the candidates know what we know.
    The new (assuming they don't become a CEO-less company) CEO is going to a figurehead- a wind-up toy (or chip implanted?) that is there to be both the public face of AMD's primary investors vision, and the fall-guy if things don't pan out.

    Does anyone think it a co-incidence that both AMD and Globalfoundries have both axed their CEO's, and that their Abu Dhabi owner/investor has started installing their own people ?
    Maybe the candidates aren't happy at the thought of being the interim CEO until the arabian peninsula boys finally acquire full control of AMD....which admittedly would only be likely if AMD's share price dropped considerably.

    BTW: Has anyone noticed that while AMD has just released two "game changing" (their words not mine) platforms in Zacate/Ontario/Brazos and Llano/Sabine/Lynx, and due to release their next CPU architecture (Bulldozer)...that their share value is falling since the announcements ?

    Probably just co-incidence..............
  23. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,674

    They know that AMD is falling behind. There's no reason to buy an AMD cpu anymore because intels next gen Core i series beats them out in pretty much every segment.

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