Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is a US-based technology company, established in 1969. In November 2017, AMD moved from its original headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, to Santa Clara, California. The company manufactures a wide range of processors, graphics, video and multimedia products and more. AMD provides its solutions on a global scale.
A brief history of AMD
Advanced Micro Devices was formally incorporated on 1 May 1969 with headquarters in Sunnyvale, California. The company was founded by Jerry Sanders and seven former employees of Fairchild Semiconductor, a pioneer in integrated circuits and transistors production.
In the beginning, AMD was focused on manufacturing logic chips. In 1970, the company delivered its first proprietary product – the Am2501 logic counter – which sold quite successfully.
In 1982, at IBM's request, AMD and Intel entered into a technology exchange agreement to serve as a second-source producer of semiconductors developed by each other.
In 2006, the company acquires ATI Technologies, which was a semiconductor manufacturing company, based in Canada. ATI became part of the AMD Graphics Product Group (GPG).
Currently, Advanced Micro Devices designs, develops, produces and delivers microprocessors, graphics and technologies. AMD’s products include accelerated processing units (APU), graphics processing units (GPUs) as well as professional GPUs, chipsets, System-on-Chip (SoC) products, embedded and server processors, and technology for game consoles.
Generally, the company’s processors graphics solutions are designed for both laptop and desktop devices, servers, workstations, semi-custom and embedded applications.
As far as the brand line is concerned, laptop and desktop processors go under the brand AMD Ryzen. Radeon caters for consumer and professional graphics. Pro graphics is also branded as Radeon Instinct and AMD FirePro. Server processors are marketed under the EPYC and Opteron brand lines.
Based in Santa Clara, California, AMD operates across over 50 locations in 31 countries globally. The company has over a dozen R&D facilities, about 25 global sales offices as well as assembly/test manufacturing facilities in Asia.
AMD’s customers and business partners include multiple global brands such as Apple, Acer, Asus, Cisco, Dell, Samsung, HP, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, Microsoft, GE, Nintendo, XFX, Vizio, etc.
AMD went public in 1972 and debuted on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 1979. However, in 2015 it transferred its stock to the NASDAQ Stock Exchange.
The company is a component of the S&P 500 index. Real-time data on the AMD share price and the latest AMD charts are available at Capital.com.