RIP AMD

January 20, 2016

How much did AMD make last year?

Oh, about a negative billion dollars.

But that’s fine. They have about another billion dollars left! They haven’t posted a positive balance sheet in years; this must be the bottom!

Anyway, who will buy AMD — Intel, Nvidia, Samsung, TSMC, Apple, Lenovo, Qualcomm…? The company has factories, manpower, and patents. Who doesn’t love intellectual property.

I wonder what will happen to AMD’s x86 and AMD64 licenses. My understanding is AMD got x86 because the United States wouldn’t buy x86 systems with Intel being the only provider. If only Intel did x86 again, would the United States go back to PowerPC or switch to ARM?

AMD stock price chart
AMD, 2003–2016