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AMD's Ruiz says Intel's 64-32 is old technology

Firm makes profit, boosted by flash and Opterons
Thu Apr 15 2004, 08:06
Ceo-hector-ruiz CHIP FIRM AMD said last night that it made a profit in its financial first quarter of $45 million, compared to a loss it made of $146 million in the equivalent quarter last year.

CEO Hector Ruiz attributed the turn round to sales of Opteron microprocessors and flash memory. Flash memory sales tripled. The Opteron was not launched this time last year.

Revenues soared by 73% amounting to $1.24 billion, up from $715 million from AMD's Q1 figures for the same period last year.

Ruiz said that AMD had delivered on its promise to make money by turning in the second consecutive quarter of operating profits.

AMD 64 shipments doubled compared to the last quarter, after growing adoption of Opterons by enterprises, he claimed.

He said AMD had now 1,000 partners helping the adoption of 64-32 technology, while he claimed the 32-bit only server segment was "approaching obsolescence".

In a Q&A session following the conference call, Ruiz said that AMD was starting to produce 90 nanometre versions of its AMD64 chips in the next few weeks, while crossover would occur in Q3/Q4 of this year.

He claimed that AMD's manufacturing is at "an all time high in terms of yields, performance and cycle time". He said 90 nanometre yields would be higher than the previous move to .13µ technology.

Ruiz also said that AMD did not fear Intel's decision to move to 64-32 processors, and claimed that his firm's technology was eighth generation while Intel's was seventh generation technology with added extensions. µ


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