AMD Wins big contracts as Intel Struggles

Two more computer manufacturers have agreed to incorporate processors from Advanced Micro Devices in their PCs, and the timing couldn't be better for the chipmaker.

Micron Electronics has announced that it will incorporate AMD's Duron processor in computers sold at Best Buy electronics stores. AMD also said Tiny PC, a British manufacturer, will begin to use Athlon and Duron chips in consumer PCs.

The deals are being announced a day after Intel surprised the computer industry by stating that third-quarter sales would be lower than expected while gross margins--the percentage of revenue left over after costs are deducted--would also come in lower than predicted.

Although the timing of the contracts is fortuitous for AMD, they are not directly related to Intel's report. Intel said it would miss its earlier forecasts because of slower sales in Europe, a region being wracked by a currency crisis and other economic problems.

"If the European economy continues to worsen, Intel may have to get into a price war with AMD," said Nimal Vallipuram, an analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson.

Moreover, AMD's new design deals are relatively small. Micron, for instance, is offering Duron in systems sold only in Best Buy stores, not in computers sold over its Web site.

Nonetheless, AMD has steadily been gaining on its main competitor. Unlike Intel, which has recalled two products this year alone, AMD has been able to pump out processors with relative ease. The company's chips have also gained brand recognition in the PC marketplace
A push into the commercial market by AMD will begin in the fourth quarter when the company releases processors for servers. Notebook versions of the Athlon chip will also arrive at this time.

"Recently, AMD has seen their market share increase," said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research. "It wouldn't surprise me if they were a contributor" to Intel's recent problems, he added.

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AMD Wins big contracts as Intel Struggles

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AMD Wins big contracts as Intel Struggles

HEY PEOPLE! WRITE ABOUT THE F#*KING ARTICLE ALREADY! sure, intel has had its day, and AMD will take over because its new and people like new stuff. but at the moment AMD is a bit like Linux; its a great operating system but the general community still goes for windows;) At the current time, more games support intel processors than AMD, thats a fact. so we'll see what happens...

AMD Wins big contracts as Intel Struggles

jiNNSToRM is right... Intel is gonna wipe the floor with AMD with the P4 if AMD doesnt release something better and faster before they do. But they stole Intel's thunder before by releasing the GHz chip before Intel did, and stole it again when Intel made it available to the public by releasing the 1.1Ghz. AMD would be on top right now if it werent for dipshit end users who just say "Pentium" instead of "IBM Compatible".

AMD Wins big contracts as Intel Struggles

Kao Jinn, the P4 may not be be able to beat the Athlon when it comes out. Intel has made some poor design choices, namely the 20 stage pipeline. The P4 is estimated to do 20-25% fewer instructions per cycle than a P3, which already does fewer IPC than the Athlon. Read about it at [url removed] the Itanium has it's own share of flaws, especially when compared to the AMD Sledgehammer. See[url removed]

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