That last round of layoffs looked really indiscriminate, there were some names that should NOT have been let go. Now they're going to have to spend a ton of money just to get back good talent. I think there are still good engineers at AMD, but who's managing these guys to bringing out good products? That's why I think this is a good move, bringing in some one who understands the process and can lead people.
AMD still have a heck of a way to go though.
Thing is AMD has had a ways to go for many years really. I am not saying they have not had positives as well but I will say that if they would have had and kept a long term team working on it they would be much, much further along than they are.
If the rumor mills are true the reason AMD has been hurting is they fired all the guys that made the great chips like Athlon64, only to replace them with computer generated chip layouts. From what I've been told there is no computer that can lay out the chips like a human, you end up with 20%+ larger dies and 20%+ more wasted power because the computer doesn't understand the intricate ways the chip components interact.
Hopefully by bringing in some old school chip guys that can get rid of the bad designs like BD they've been trying to sell and bring us another winner.
Let's hope this is the beginning to turning thing around. Stock price is low, if this does work might be a good buying time.
Hopefully this will help them turn out better performance class CPUs.
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lets hope this is a game changer for them, its been a long time since they ruled the enthusiast market.
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