Technology content trusted in North America and globally since 1999
8,224 Reviews & Articles | 62,323 News Posts

AMD's future could be tablets, also see's an end to adding endless cores to CPU's

AMD eyes off tablets as well as pointing their finger at multi-core CPU's ending eventually
By: Anthony Garreffa | CPUs, Chipsets & SoCs News | Posted: Oct 15, 2010 3:38 am

AMD's recently had it's Q3 2010 reports out - where they had a loss of $118 million from $1.62 billion in revenue.




At the same time, CEO Dirk Meyer changed his thoughts on the company's idea of tablets - saying that he believes Tablets will bite into the notebook and netbook markets - he elaborated by saying that he expects AMD's netbook parts to start appearing in slates in the next couple of years. He added that they would "show up with a differentiated offering with great graphics and video technology" when the market becomes large enough for them to offset it against their R&D investment.


In other news, AMD CTO of servers, Donald Newell mentioned that the number of individual core's on a chip won't continue to increase forever. He said "There will come an end to the core-count wars." "Just as the megahertz race was eventually defeated by thermal restrictions, so too will the number of cores on an chip cease to increase. " I won't put an exact date on it, but I don't myself expect to see 128 cores on a full-sized server die by the end of this decade".


But, I think that is the future - just as the Megahertz race ended, so too will core-increases. Unless software magically catches up and really uses multi-threaded cores properly (where we see full jumps in performance from adding CPU's) the market will change when something else is offered...



Related Tags

Got an opinion on this news? Post a comment below!