Mobile PC Market Drives Strong AMD Q2 Financials


AMD reported significant second quarter revenue growth and a much lower loss than last year thanks to robust mobile PC chip sales which more than made up for what the company called a disappointing OEM uptake of its server processors in the quarter.

However, a return to normal server OEM demand and a growing share of the portable PC market will help the company see normal seasonal increase in revenue for the third quarter, company executives said on Thursday.

AMD reported revenue for its second quarter of 2010 of $1.65 billion, up a healthy 40 percent over the $1.2 billion the company reported in the second quarter of 2009.

The company also reported a loss $43 million, or 6 cents per share, in the second quarter, a significant improvement compared to the loss of $330 million, or 49 cents per share, it reported a year ago.

The second quarter 2010 loss stemmed in large part to losses related to AMD's investment in Global Foundries.

"We are pleased with our overall performance in the quarter," said Dirk Meyer, AMD president and CEO, during the company's Thursday financial conference call.

AMD's computing solutions business, which includes its microprocessor and chipset sales, reported a 31 percent growth in revenue over the second quarter of 2009 driven by what AMD called a record number of notebook processor and chipset unit shipments.

However, Meyer said, AMD was very "under-represented" in the high-end server business, with second-quarter market share sitting at a historic low thanks to slow OEM uptake of its processors.

However, he said, this is changing as OEM server vendors move to the company's new Opteron 6000 series of 12-core processors, code named Magny-Cours.

AMD's server processor business saw its average selling price, unit sales, and revenue all drop thanks to slow adoption by OEMs, Meyer said. "Intel clearly knocked the ball out of the park," he said.

 

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