AMD turned 40 May 1 and is holding a yearlong celebration being kicked off by a pair of contests in which AMD users can win products from the chip maker. The anniversary comes at a time when AMD is fighting a two-front battle against rival Intel and a global recession. However, at the same time, AMD is seeing its x86 processor market share increase incrementally.
Advanced Micro Devices is kicking off a yearlong celebration of its 40th
year in existence with a contest that asks users to show their affection for
the company on video and in photos.
AMD turns 40 May 1.
"Forty years in any industry is a major achievement, but doing so in the
rapidly changing, competitive semiconductor business is an enduring testament
to the dedication and talent of AMD
employees and alumni," President and CEO
Dirk Meyer said in a statement.
The contests AMD announced April 30 are
the first two in a series that AMD officials
say are designed to thank users of their technology. In all, the contests will
give away 80 prizes, with the winners taking away AMD
The first contest asks AMD users to
submit brief-but creative-videos wishing the company a happy birthday. Winners
get an AMD ATI
Radeon HD 4650 graphics card.
In another contest that can net winners an AMD
Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition processor, users can submit photos showing how
much they love AMD products. Other
participants will be able to win an Athlon 7850 chip.
Later this year, the company will roll out two more contests in which
winners can take home AMD-powered notebooks
and gaming consoles.
More details of the contest can be found here
The celebrations come at a time when AMD
is trying to find its footing, six years after launching its first Opteron
server processor and making its strongest run at rival chip maker Intel. After
changing the x86 chip landscape with the Opteron, AMD
has been trying to regain some momentum while battling Intel and a global
AMD, which has shed hundreds of jobs in
recent months, announced April 21 that it saw first-quarter revenues drop 21
percent over the same period in 2008, to more than $1.17 billion, and lost $416
However, a report
from Mercury Research
released April 30 indicated that while Intel
continues to hold a dominant 78.6 percent market share in the x86 chip market, AMD's
share in the first-quarter 2009 improved to 20.9 percent, higher than the 20.6
percent it held during the first quarter last year.