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AMD, or Advanced Micro Devices, is a corporation specializing in making computer chips, primarily CPUs, and GPUs. Based in Sunnyvale, California, it long served as the main competitor to Intel, but with only 18.7% of the market, it holds very little influence on the strategy at Intel. As of 2011, AMD has announced that it will be leaving the CPU market, leaving Intel with a monopoly.[1]

Notable inventions

  • AMD pioneered the AMD64 architecture, which allows processors to calculate in 64 bits, vs 32 bits, that Intel has been using.
  • AMD was the first to create 8 core processors on a 30 nm die.
  • AMD created the first 300 core GPU, the Tegra 4300[2]


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