Digitimes reports the following details on AMD.... "With AMD reporting huge losses for the fourth quarter of 2006, motherboard makers in Taiwan say the US chipmaker has plunged to its lowest point, and may not regain its competitive edge until the launch of the Socket AM2+ platform and K8L architecture based CPUs in the third quarter 2007.
Motherboard makers in Taiwan pointed out that AMD used to be highly competitive in the markets for clone systems, servers and high-end gaming. But in 2006, AMD met with a strong challenge from Intel's Core 2 Duo on the desktop. Intel's dual-core Xeon 5100 was a strong competitor for AMD's Opteron, while Intel's quad-core Xeon 5300 also grabbed much of the server market, the motherboard makers said.
The motherboard makers noted that according to AMD's planning, no major 64-bit dual-core processors will be unveiled in the first half of 2007. Processors based on AMD's new K8L architecture, which are currently known by the codenames (quad-core), Agena (high-end dual-core), and Kuma (mid-range dual-core), will not hit the market until the third quarter 2007, the makers pointed out.
AMD will also have to worry about capacity shortages, the makers said. Dell's adoption of AMD processors in the fourth quarter of 2006 has triggered a serious shortage in AMD processors, and has seen some of the chipmaker's partners, such as Micro-Star International (MSI), raising their proportion of Intel-based products, the makers said.
AMD will have to accelerate its migration to the 65nm node so as to cut costs and increase output, or it may plunge further down if Intel resorts to even fiercer pricing campaigns, the makers added."