AMD hits the top 10 chip makers

Written by Wil Harris

December 5, 2006 | 07:56

Tags: #top-ten

Companies: #amd #ati #isuppli

AMD has finally grown up and is now one of the top ten chip makers in the world, according to research firm iSuppli.

However, the firm still has a long way to go to catch up with arch rivals Intel. Whilst AMD is entering the charts at a respectable number seven, Intel is still number one by far, despite seeing its revenues actually slip last year.

AMD's revenue shot up last year from $3.9bn last year up to a massive $7.5bn, off the back of big increases in Opteron sales and, of course, the chunky Dell deal.

The rest of the chart is made up of some names you've heard of (Samsung, Hynix, Freescale) and some you've not (Renasas, NXP).

AMD's revenue predictions have also increased thanks to the addition of the ATI business unit, which adds its revenue to AMD's own for this year - even though it did take on a rather chunky multi-billion-dollar loan to sort the purchase.

Are you surprised to see AMD hit the top ten? And do you think they can ever catch up to Intel, whose revenue is roughly four times that of the green and red team? Let us know your thoughts over in the forums.
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