If you were to look back over the years and pick one seriously mismanaged tech company it would probably be AMD. Even going back into the K6 days we find that AMD just did not know what it wanted to do or what direction it intended to go. The marketing message was confused both internally and to the market as a whole. This confusion hit “Office Space” like proportions in the late 90’s when it was rumored that there were more managers and project leaders than they were actual people doing the work.
Lenovo has released the financial report for the last quarter of 2013. It says that it was a record one for the company during which they sold 32.6 million devices. The growth compared to the same period last year was 30%, and its main generator are units from the so called PC Plus category,which are mobile phones, televisions and tablets.
Amazon for the third quarter reported 24% higher revenues than in the same period last year, but they still finished with loss of $41 million.
AMD has some sun in its future after a very disappointing quarterly announcement. It seems that Trinity and Brazos 2.0 are already in the channel which means we should see products with these two APUs in them very soon (as soon as May 15th by some reports). AMD’s APUs have been a solid seller for AMD while many of their more regular desktop CPUs are left on the shelves. We covered some of the new features in Trinity while we were at CES this year and we can say that for a low power processor they have some pretty solid performance.