Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) News: Google Inc (GOOG)’s Android OS, New Chips & More

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AMD willing to embrace Android (InfoWorld)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has opened the door to embrace Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)‘s Android operating system, but said it would continue to focus on Windows with its upcoming tablet and laptop chips. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) on multiple occasions has said it had no interest in putting its chips in Android tablets and would focus exclusively on Windows 8. A change of heart could open up a wider market for tablets for the company. For now, the company’s focus remains on optimizing chips for usage on Windows laptops, desktops and tablets, said Kevin Lansing, director of the notebook product line at Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s client business unit.

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AMD’s New Chips Promise Faster, Power-Efficient Laptops & Tablets (CrazyEngineers)
AMD or Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), the world’s most popular chip-maker, next only to its mega rival Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), is now launching two new families of mobile chips. Based out of Sunnyvale in California, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) wants to refine its own silicon product to produce excellent performance delivering all-in-one chips or what we would technically call the accelerated processing units (APUs), the ones they embed in Sony’s PlayStation and Microsoft’s XBox, the gaming consoles we love. Unlike its rival, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has always focused on Windows desktops, laptops and tablets, while completely ignoring the huge Android segment.

AMD banks on new chips to drive comeback (BusinessWeek)
After a year like last year, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) is shooting for some sort of comeback. The chipmaker lost a boatload of money in 2012 as its sales of personal computer processor chips plunged amid a downturn in the PC market. Dropping sales forced the company its its second major global downsizing in two years as it struggled to find a pathway back to profitability. Some analysts openly doubted whether Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) still had a relevant role to play in the future of the PC business. Today the company attempts to answer those doubts with three new processor chips that it expects to be used in systems ranging from low-power tablets to mainstream performance laptops.

CEO Perks Help the Rich Get Richer (NewsFactor)
Wynn Resorts kept a suite open all year at its tony Las Vegas hotel and casino for founder and CEO Steve Wynn, at a cost of nearly $452,000. Former International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) CEO Samuel Palmisano was guaranteed an administrative assistant and furnished office for life as a retirement gift — plus a $1 million office renovation. Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) bought the house CEO Rory Read struggled to sell for $790,000 — and gave him another $180,000 to cover his underwater mortgage.

Qualcomm and Samsung overtake AMD in CPU market share; Intel still top but losing ground (Tech2)
The slowdown in notebook and desktop PC sales isn’t a problem just for device manufacturers. Hardware component makers and chipset manufacturers have also begun to feel the heat of the slowdown. To compound the problems, strong growth in mobile processors for smartphones and tablet PCs is lowering the market share of giants like Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD). Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) slipped down to fourth place in microprocessor sales in 2012 from second spot, which the company had occupied since the 1990s, according to a new ranking of (multi-core processing unit) MPU suppliers by IC Insights. Overtaking Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) in the 2012 microprocessor ranking were QUALCOMM, Inc. (NASDAQ:QCOM), the leading maker of mobile chipsets, and Samsung, which in addition to the ARM-based processors used in its Galaxy line of phones, is the sole foundry source for Apple’s custom-designed chip used in iPads and iPhones.