Letting the enthusiast down is one thing AMD, disappointing a major partner is another
Subject: General Tech | January 6, 2012 - 06:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: amd, cray, interlagos
Many consumers have been annoyed with AMD this year, from the enthusiast on the bleeding edge trying to track down the elusive HD6990 to the bargain conscious market looking for a Llano based system. It certainly hurt AMDs bottom line to have product shortages and it has alienated customers to the point where they may not consider AMD parts in the future. The shortages also ensured that AMD will miss an entire generation of laptops and pre-built PCs since assemblers like Dell and HP needed a guaranteed solid supply of chips before they would consider selling a product line based on those chips.
The Register reported on even worse news for AMD this morning, it seems that Cray will miss their targeted revenue for Q4 2011 and it seems to be AMDs fault. The delay of the Interlagos based APUs which Cray was basing its new line of high powered clusters on. This is not the first time that this has happened, Cray has been burned by Opteron delays before. In response Cray is designing a new cluster architecture that will be able to interconnect Intel and AMD chips over PCIe 3.0 lanes.
These Cray machines that are being delayed have another problem as well. Not only do they depend on the delayed Opterons they are also planned to incorporate NVIDIA's Kepler HPC cards which are suffering from a serious case of the delays as well. Seems like it is a bad quarter to be Cray.
"Cray is going to miss its revenue targets for the fourth quarter, the company warned Wall Street this morning before the markets opened, and it has pointed its finger (without naming names) directly at its main processor supplier, Advanced Micro Devices, as the cause of the miss."
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