SAN FRANCISCO--Advanced Micro Devices, staggered by a poor global
consumer economy and strategic missteps, will lay off 15 percent of
its employees to cut costs while undertaking an aggressive push into
embedded markets to counter declining PC sales that will continue
"for the foreseeable future," executives said.
In a conference call regarding the microprocessor company's
third-quarter revenues, executives said sales dropped 10 percent
sequentially to $1.27 billion in the third quarter, or $157 million.
AMD had previously said it expected sales in Q3 (which closed
Sept. 29) to be between and $1.38 billion and $1.4 billion, a range
of 1 percent to down 3 percent sequentially.
The roughly 1,700 layoffs will save AMD $20 million in Q4 and $190
million in 2013, officials said. Overall this lowers AMD expenses by
25 percent. "We are resetting to new business model to deliver
break-even results with $1.3 billion quarerly revenue" by this time
next year, CEO Rory Read said, reading from a prepared statement.
Interim CFO Devinder Kumar offered little insight into where the
cuts might come, other than to say "it's across all functions and
Unfortunately, AMD isn't as well positioned in the high ASP embedded markets such as comms and networking as is Intel.
The graphics+CPU "APUs" AMD is now focused on won't fare well in embedded systems that will prefer lower cost and power ARM SoCs running free Android.
Ah yes, the 29k, which morphed it's way into the K5 (at least the methodology behind it). Some of the best architecture I've seen. They're going to have some serious brain-drain, for sure. Hope they can come back strong.
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