Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited

  • By

    Lawrence Walsh

    | Posted 2009-12-28

8. AMD
Demise Prediction Rate: 18%
January 2009 Market Cap: $1.69 billion
December 2009 Market Cap: $6.64 billion

Breaking up was apparently good for AMD. In 2008, it split into two companies—one providing chip designs, the other providing manufacturing. Some thought the split was the beginning of the end for AMD, but winds of fortune have turned back in its favor. A series of antitrust rulings against Intel and the increasing demand for better processors that support cloud computing and virtualization have breathed new life into AMD. The company still faces a number of challenges, but it’s not going anywhere.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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