We will only be able to see the full extent and impact of the restructing being headed by Rory Read, the new CEO in 24-36 months.
AMD has to rectify it's financial position first and that means unfortunate job and workforce cuts. I hate seeing people made redundant, but lets hope Mr Read is doing the right thing and has a well planned strategy to bring AMD back and kicking.
If not, ARM based designs will have to upt their ante to start competing in the mainstream Desktop arena.
You could thoeratically Squeeze 16-32 ARM Based Cores into a reasonlabe modern dat CPU sized package and distribute the workload for a highly threaded optimized system.
Now single thread performance will be with Intel, but if software is better developed and written you could actually get a competitive system if you built it like that.
Samsung to step up anyone?
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I think it's probably the right move for them, given the realities of the situation, but it does speak of their desperation. This decision isn't coming from a position of strength.
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(borrowed from thread: http://phoronix.com/forums/showthrea...onductors-quot )
AMD could be going around all kinds of markets, if they wouldn't be stubborn and would concentrate on high-performance x86 desktop CPUs without half-assed built-in GPUs on them and bring their graphics into ARM world. but no, they got to play Intel game and pushing power-hungry, simplified hybrid x86 stuff everythere, fail and then complain, while compensating with engineers, the very people, who can do useful shit.
It's very well possible that AMD is consolidating multiple teams into one, and the tasks of (parts of) OSRC Dresden might be moving elsewhere, to some other country. Some people might agree to move there to keep their job, but others will probably prefer to stay where they are (e.g. because they have a family, kids have their school & friends in Germany, etc.). And I'm sure there are many other reasonable explanations possible.
Again: we don't know what is happening without input from those 3 developers or others inside AMD, and without any more news, everything in this thread is speculation...
There is tons of work from AMD going into LLVM/Clang that includes Linux.
Losing 3 dudes with Linux kernel experience is a pot in a giant pee bowl. Relax.