Summary: Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is taking an open source-like approach with its Opteron microprocessor that differs from rival Intel's approach (INTC), which doesn't help companies connect their products with Intel's chips. By creating a common socket for connecting chips and sharing the technology with other companies, AMD expects the cost of using Opteron will decline and thus, likely expects an increase in its sales. AMD will also charge undisclosed licensing fees. An AMD executive said he doesn't think it's risky to lower costs for competitors and rather sees the opposite. So far it has received a warm welcome from the likes of IBM (IBM), Sun Microsystems (SUNW), Cray (CRAY), and Fujitsu Siemens Computers, a Fujitsu (OTCPK:FJTSY), Siemens (SI) joint venture. Read full article >
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