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     AMD’s results for Q2: a slight improvement
      Posted on 20/07/2007 at 23:37 by Nicolas
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    AMD announced sales of $1.378 billion, representing an increase of 11.7% for the quarter or 13.3% on the year.

    However, closer to 2006’s sales activity (excluding the $195 million coming from GPU sales, stable according to AMD despite the introduction of the Radeon HD 2x00 and a lack of clarity on the accounting for of chipset activity taken over from ATI), revenue was actually at $1.183 billion or a decrease of 2.7% compared to the same period last year.

    While the Texan giant managed to limit its operational loses to $457 million, versus $504 in the previous quarter, twelve months ago the company had a net income of $102 million. In addition, net losses totaled $600 million. The situation is of course slightly better than the first three months of 2007 (loses of $611 million), however, it’s much below the $89 million net income that was made in the second quarter of 2006. These figures represent a gross profit of 33%, an improvement compared to the 28% of Q1 2007, but far from the 57% of Q2 2006. They also were a product of higher unit sales combined with falling average prices, as the current price war obliges.

    As for good news, the sales of mobile processors are in good health being 82% higher than last year (a 28% increase on the quarter). However, the AMD press release forgot to mention that the cost of its debt financing was multiplied by 5.5 in one year! The buyout of ATI obviously has something to do with this, but from last quarter their debt load grew 27%. In short, the company needs a commercial success more than ever and the release of the new generation of Barcelona processors is desperately awaited. This should allow a raise in prices (and therefore profits) compared to Intel products. The first standard and low power versions should moreover be delivered this quarter.

     The Penryn’s size reviewed for the Mini-PC
      Posted on 20/07/2007 at 00:03 by Nicolas - source: Digitimes
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    With the sales of Mini-PCs expected to grow, Intel is looking to change the size of its Pennryn’s LV (low voltage) and ULV (ultra low voltage) lines to the BGA format of 22x22mm versus 35x35mm, which is currently for equivalents stemming from Merom architecture. These processors will therefore be soldered directly onto the motherboard and are expected out in the second half of 2008. They will allow the conception of smaller SFF (small form factor) platforms, if we believe the manufacturers that are the source of this information and even if they will mainly be destined for PC laptops.

    A 35x35mm version of the Penryn is nevertheless planned for the second half of the year, or at the same time as the Montevina, which will succeed the Santa Rosa on the Centrino.

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