Discussing the future of AMD has almost become a global sport, with everyone chiming in with their ideas of how things will play out or how they should be run. I’m guilty of that at times as much as anyone else – ideally I’d like to see AMD succeed and return to the days when the Phenom II and K10 and K10.5 architectures were still competitive with the Core 2 and Core families from Intel, but it isn’t a realistic possibility. The landscape has changed so drastically that those golden years of the late 90’s and 2006 specifically (when Intel couldn’t make enough Core 2 Duo processors to satisfy demand) are long gone. Intel had their struggling time with the Pentium 4 and they walked out of that one relatively intact.
It’s AMD’s turn now to close the book on Bulldozer and all its derivatives and look to the future, to a fresh start.