AMD 2001 with 40% more CPUs
Despite the almost catastrophic slump in the semiconductor industry, the number of CPUs shipped at AMD increased by 40% in 2001. According to K.J. Chou, President of AMD Taiwan, has been particularly buoyant for the business by the recent delivery problems with the CPUs of the competition.
Furthermore, the budget line of the Durons and the performance desktop series of the Athlons shared the volume fraternally, each with about 50% share of the total of around 30 million processors shipped. In the latter case, sales of the AthlonXP CPUs have risen sharply. According to Chou, the plan is to phase out the Athlon, based on the Thunderbird core, in the first quarter of 2002. Of course, this does not mean that these will disappear from the market immediately, but only that no new T-Birds will be manufactured. At the same time, Chou also pointed out that the margins had suffered considerably due to the dramatic slump in the average sales price (ASP) and that despite the fact that the AthlonXP has improved in the meantime, no long-term recovery is expected, especially in view of the fact that Intel could soon open a new round in the price war by switching to 0.13µ technology. Unfortunately, Chou did not give any indication of the state of AMD's progress in 0.13µ production.