Vendors That Survived the Recession: 2009 Dire Predictions Revisited
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.