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50 years of AMD

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 5:09 pm
by Andrew_Waite
My old employer, AMD, celebrates it's 50th Anniversary this month.

Here is, for us, a famous poster of Jerry Sanders III dressed as Indiana Jones, with a rightly terrified Andy Grove of Intel on the right. Sanders didn't suffer from a lack of self-confidence.

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Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Fri May 17, 2019 9:08 pm
by vanpeebles
Very happy with my threadripper 8)

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 6:22 pm
by Coeus
Back from where? And didn't AMD do some useful stuff before the processor war with Intel?

The processor war was good, though - there was a need for competition in that market. Thinking of which I am right that the speed war is over and it is now about making processors that are attractive to PC manufacturers so with a selection of integrated graphics and at whatever price they want to pay, with performance matched to the price?|

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 8:37 pm
by Elminster
Has the core wars finished now?

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sat May 18, 2019 8:47 pm
by hoglet
Coeus wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 6:22 pm
Back from where? And didn't AMD do some useful stuff before the processor war with Intel?
I remember using the AMD World Chip in a DIY Modem for the Beeb back in the min 1980s.

There's some more info on that project here:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7013

Dave

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 12:34 am
by Ramtop
Coeus wrote:
Sat May 18, 2019 6:22 pm
Back from where? And didn't AMD do some useful stuff before the processor war with Intel?
AMD had a quite diverse range of products before getting into x86 competition with Intel. They had their own line of RISC processors, Ethernet controllers, flash ram, SRAM, and a bunch of other things.

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 6:43 am
by 1024MAK
Well, of course Intel were mainly a memory chip manufacturer. Later they produced some MPUs and MPU peripheral interface chips. It was only a lot later that they became a major MPU/CPU suppler.

Mark

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 8:56 am
by Elminster
1024MAK wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 6:43 am
Well, of course Intel were mainly a memory chip manufacturer. Later they produced some MPUs and MPU peripheral interface chips. It was only a lot later that they became a major MPU/CPU suppler.

Mark
Weren’t they (intel,not AMD) more generically just a splitter from Fairchild making transistors initially. And memory came later. Just trying to remember that documentary I saw the other day.

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 12:48 pm
by 1024MAK
Elminster wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 8:56 am
1024MAK wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 6:43 am
Well, of course Intel were mainly a memory chip manufacturer. Later they produced some MPUs and MPU peripheral interface chips. It was only a lot later that they became a major MPU/CPU suppler.

Mark
Weren’t they (intel,not AMD) more generically just a splitter from Fairchild making transistors initially. And memory came later. Just trying to remember that documentary I saw the other day.
Given the date that Intel was founded, the market for transistors would have already have been competitive. The founders of Intel did leave Fairchild.

Some light reading...

Intel - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel
Intel Corporation was founded on July 18, 1968, by semiconductor pioneers Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore (of Moore's law).

Intel - https://www.britannica.com/topic/Intel

And some other interesting bits I found:
https://www.chiphistory.org/exhibits/
Intel - https://www.chiphistory.org/intel.html

Intel and the History of the Semiconductor Industry https://marketrealist.com/2015/08/intel ... -industry/

History of semiconductors https://www.hitachi-hightech.com/global ... story.html

Mark

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 12:49 pm
by Coeus
Elminster wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 8:56 am

Weren’t they (intel,not AMD) more generically just a splitter from Fairchild making transistors initially. And memory came later. Just trying to remember that documentary I saw the other day.
According to the Wikipedia article on Silicon Valley, "Two of the original employees of Fairchild Semiconductor, Robert Noyce and Gordon Moore, would "go on to found Intel.[

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 1:27 pm
by Elminster
It was a small world in electronics and computer in the last millennium.

Re: 50 years of AMD

Posted: Sun May 19, 2019 2:39 pm
by scruss
1024MAK wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 6:43 am
Well, of course Intel were mainly a memory chip manufacturer. Later they produced some MPUs and MPU peripheral interface chips. It was only a lot later that they became a major MPU/CPU suppler.
That would be roughly at the same time that the IBM PC came out. IBM wanted a processor supplier they could invest in, but since two other potential suppliers were owned by oil multinationals at the time (Zilog, acquired by Exxon in 1980; Fairchild, acquired by Schlumberger in 1979), they landed on Intel.

AMD made some interesting chips. The AM2900 chips were the building blocks for early CPU boards; the AM2901 4-bit ALU popped up in all sorts of places (like Battlezone and Asteroids arcade machines) as a powerful bit-slice coprocessor. AMD also made some of the first integrated maths coprocessors, such as the 9511 and 9512 (aka Intel 8231/8232; they were on speaking terms at the time). I'm sure someone's interfaced a 951x to a Beeb somehow.