Both AMD and Intel have revealed their quarterly reports where they discussed their finances, but also the future and coming products. One thing the two have in common is that they both don’t consider tablets a threat to PC sales, but sees it as a market possibility.
Something many have been wondering how the tablets will affect AMD and Intel. Most tablets use ARM-based processors that offer sufficient performance and superior energy efficientcy over AMD’s and Intel’s offerings.
Both companies ensures that it hasn’t affected them noticably but choose to see it as a possibility for more sales and not the opposite. A category created by Intel, netbooks, continues to drop in sales, but Intel’s VP Paul Otellini says the sales started to drop before tablets came around. The technogeeks are looking for new toys, which right now is the tablet.
AMD has a different view on tablets, at least profile Rick Bergman. He doesn’t believe the tablet will affect the PC, but says that AMD sees the tablet as a complement to the PC. It is not a replacement.
Both AMD and Intel have circuits built specifically for tablets built on Bobcat and Atom cores, and while they can’t compete with ARM in energy efficiency and price, but is something it is working on, but both AMD and Intel are putting a larger focus ultrathin and portable units by developing extra energy efficient circuits, an example is Intel’s new Ultrabook concept, but also AMD has something similar coming.