By John Walker on August 4th, 2008 at 11:20 am.
The rivalry between Nvidia and AMD is hardly kept underwraps, but things have gotten pretty catty of late. Back in April, bit-tech spoke to Nvidia’s chief scientist, David Kirk, about their current competition. Dismissing Intel’s forthcoming GPU, ‘Larrabee’, Kirk went on to sneer at ATI and AMD as well.
“Well, ATI’s CTO left about six months ago and AMD’s CTO left a week ago. Now, what does that say when the chief technical person at a company quits? AMD has been declining because it hasn’t built a competitive graphics architecture for almost two years now—ever since the AMD/ATI merger.”
Read on for the depths of wit that followed.
He then went on to point out that AMD are losing half a billion dollars per quarter, and are eight billion dollars in debt. Not a strong position to compete from, he argues, despite the potential of Fusion – an integrated CPU/GPU chip. Pointing out that AMD say this is the future, he adds, “which there’s no evidence to suggest this is true but they just said it. They believe it and they’re now doing it.”
So today bit-tech approached AMD/ATI’s Ian McNaughton (Head of Product and Platform Marketing) to see what they had to say about it. The reply:
“David Kirk is full of shit.”