AMD WAS CELEBRATING a chip milestone with the news that it had shipped 500 million x86 processors since its founding in 1969.
To celebrate it gave away four Hewlett-Packard dv2 ultra-thin notebooks based on its low-power Athlon Neo X2 chip.
But the analysts approached by CNET said that the laptop giveaway underscores one of AMD's biggest problems.
Doug Freedman, analyst at Broadpoint Amtech, pointed out that the dv2 had not sold very well.
JP Morgan analyst Christopher Danely said that AMD is losing market share to Intel due to inferior products and is being hurt by its lack of a netbook processor.
Intel's processor sales outgrew AMD's by 13 per cent during the second quarter this year and are expected to outpace it by another 3 per cent during in the third quarter, he wrote.
JMP Securities Alex Gauna said that AMD's recent results added up to another disappointing quarter from the perennial CPU also-ran.
It is getting pretty bad, Gauna said, when ARM technology might make AMD even less competitive down the road as future devices adopt the smaller RISC chips.
All doom and gloom on a day when Intel's scrappy x86 competitor should have been enjoying a few rounds of champers. AMD's PR must be miffed. µ
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