Why To Go with Big Brand Like Advanced Micro Devices(AMD): Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. or better known as AMD is an American multinational semiconductor company headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. AMD develops computer processing units and related technologies for both commercial and consumer markets. Their main products include microprocessors, embedded processors, motherboard chipsets, and graphic processors for workstations, personal computers, and servers, as well as embedded systems applications. Advanced Micro Devices, inc. is the second-largest global supplier of microprocessors, second only to Intel. Their microprocessors are based on the x86 architecture and also one of the largest suppliers of graphics processing units. AMD owns 8.6% of Spansion, a non-volatile flash memory supplier.
AMD and Intel dominate the central processor unit market, and after acquiring ATI in 2006, AMD along with Nvidia have dominated the graphics processor unit market.
AMD was founded in 1969 by a group of former executives from Fairchild Semiconductor. The company began as a manufacturer of logic chips before entering the random access memory (RAM) chip business in 1975. In that same year, AMD introduced a reverse-engineered clone of the Intel 8080 microprocessor. After the acquisition of ATI, AMD and Nvidia solely dominated the market until the Justice Department slapped them both with subpoenas for possibly fixing prices.
AMD’s product lines support Graphics products, AMD Chipsets, AMD Live, AMD Quad FX platform, commercial platforms, desktop platforms, embedded systems and software. AMD has their Radeon, Firepro, FireStream, EyeFinity, and Eye Speed. AMD Catalyst is a collection of proprietary device drivers’ software that is available for most platforms. Starting from 2007, AMD has partially cooperated with the development of free graphics drivers, but not with their Catalyst drivers. AMD desktop products include APUS, processors, graphics cards, chipsets, and memory. Advanced Micro Devices also makes server products such as the AMD Opteron series. AMD most recently acquired the low-power server manufacturer, Sea Micro in 2012 in hopes to regain lost market shares in the server chip market.
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