February 10, 2011

Two More Top AMD Executives Step Down

"It kind of makes you wonder who's in charge at AMD (NYSE:AMD), because a lot of the big names we've seen there for years are gone now," said Todd Swank, vice president of marketing at Burnsville, Minn.-based system builder Nor-Tech. "I am sure its concerning for AMD's shareholders and employees, because there's a vacuum of leadership right now and it just seems like the shakeup continues."

"If you look at what's going on in the mobile marketplace, you notice the recent strength in ARM and Nvidia," Swank said. "Maybe Intel and AMD are both behind the eight-ball, but Intel has all the money in the world."

On the whole, Swank said AMD offers competitive, reliable products for a variety of markets, but that may simply not be enough stave off mobile device cannibalization and market penetration.

"Right now, I'm hearing good things about AMD's products in the PC space: their graphics cards, server processors, and their desktop processors are all very competitive products," Swank said. "But is that enough to withstand this revolutionary change? As customers move towards buying tablets, slates and, smartphones -- where does that leave AMD?"

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