Intel has ruled the market for central processing units since the 1980s. But rival AMD overtook Intel in market value last year, thanks in part to an expensive bet on chip design. WSJ’s Asa Fitch explains the companies’ battle for the brains of your computer.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported Tuesday a 98% decline in net income for the fourth quarter as operating expenses more than doubled and sales linked to its PC clients were cut in half.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip maker, whose central processing units are used to build videogame consoles and gaming PCs, said net income for the period fell to $21 million, or 1 cent a share, from $974 million, or 80 cents a share, for the same period a year earlier. The company said the decline was mostly linked to its acquisition of semiconductor company Xilinx Inc.
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