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AMD bullish on Q3 prospects

AMD is predicting strong results from its flash memory and PC processor divisions for the coming months.

AMD has stated that it remains confident of breaking sales records for Q3 this year.

Despite loss of revenue from the communications products division, Benjamin M Anxiter, vice president of external affairs at AMD told a semiconductor industry conference that strong demand for flash memory and PC processors would make for a record revenue announcement in September.

“Demand for AMD flash memory devices continues to exceed supply,” said Anxiter.

“We are ramping the production capacity of our flash memory manufacturing joint venture, FASL (Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Ltd), as rapidly as possible to support our customers. Our increased output is committed through the remainder of this year.”

Market Growth

The market for flash memory is being driven by growth in demand for wireless devices and other markets outside of traditional areas such as automotives and set-top boxes.

The company said it expected growth to continue well into 2001.

Anxiter was also bullish on AMDs prospects in the PC processor market, where combined sales of K6-2, Athlon and Duron processors are expected to approach 16 million units by the end of 2000.

3.6 Million Units

“We plan to meet our goal of doubling shipments of seventh-generation PC processors to 3.6 million units in the third quarter, and again doubling shipments to 7.2 million units in the fourth quarter,” he said.

“We plan to commence volume shipments of 1.1 gigahertz AMD Athlon processors in the current quarter, with higher-speed devices to follow in the fourth quarter.”

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