AMD the #2 chip maker ends a 7 month search for a successor to former CEO Dick Meyer. AMD hires Rory Read, 49 as CEO. Read served as President and COO of the PC maker Lenovo.
During his tenure at Lenovo Read, increased revenue with double-digits and market share gains, while reversing operating losses to delivery consistent profits.
AMD Chairman Bruce Clafin released the following statement, Rory is a proven leader with an impressive record of driving profitable growth. “He is ideally suited to accelerate AMD’s evolution into the world’s leading semiconductor design company.
Apple updated the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro updated features are: Thunderbolt, Facetime, HD Camera and Intel Sandy Bridge processors.
Thunderbolt Technology I/O (Input/Output) was developed by Intel. According to Apple Thunderbolt is, “The next generation of I/O, it will connect high peripherals and resolution displays to a single port and data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps.
The processors in the 15 and 17 inch MacBook is Intel i7 quad core. The 13 inch will have the i5 or i7 dual core processors.
The graphic were updated to AMD Radeon. AMD Radeon graphics processors are up to 3 times the performance of the previous Nvidia graphics.
Facetime HD was also added this feature will allow you to make phone calls like the iPhone 4 or iPod Touch.
The ThinkPad X120e is Lenovo’s netbook. The X120e uses AMD E-Series CPU. The E-Series are based on the Bobcat core, they are dual-core, 1.6GHz-E350 and the single-core is 1.5GHz-E250. Both CPUs are on the Radeon HD6310 chip.
The 11.6 inch X120e will have an anti-glare display, webcam, optional bluetooth, GSM/CDMA broadband and the netbook colors will be red, white and black.
It has been 4 years in the making; AMD will remove ATI name from the product line by the end of the year. AMD acquired ATI in 2007 for 5.4 Billion. ATI had the strong brand name for graphics, so AMD waited for the opportune time, the time is now. The graphic division at AMD is at its strongest. ATI was established 25 years ago in 1985.
New products logo will not have ATI Radeon and ATI FirePro they will ship with the new AMD Radeon and AMD FirePro logo.
Gamers, Phenom II X6 AMD desktop processor lands on retailers website prior to release date. The Phenom II X6 is AMD high power processor, 3.2 GHz, 9MB of L3 cache. The chip is priced at $318.50.
The Phenom will compete with Intel’s Core-i7-980X which launched Mar 28. The Core-i7 is Intels 6 Core desktop processor the Core-i7 specs are 3.3 GHz, 12MB of L3 cache, it listed at $999.00.
Intel agrees to pay their long time rival AMD $1.25 billion. The settlement covers antitrust and patent claims.
AMD claims that Intel rewarded computer manufactures who only used Intel chips and punished the ones that used AMD’s. Intel said that they did not engage in those tactics to exclude AMD from the marketplace. In the settlement Intel agreed not to engage in these tactics in the future.
Stacy Rasgon a chip analyst at Bernstein Research said that Intel business model will not change. He said that the settlement did not cover a range of business practices, including Intel’s broad pricing policies and its marketing payments to PC makers under its Intel Inside branding campaign.
The European Union have a $1.45 Billion suit again Intel, which they are appealing.