AMD CEO Lisa Su allays global supply chain fears

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AMD CEO Lisa Su has told partners that the chipmaker has a “world-class global supply chain” and is “well positioned today to continue to execute well” in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

In an email to partners, sent Thursday evening, Su underlined the company’s commitment to the health and safety of employees, customers and communities and said the company is doing everything in its power to “support the evolving demand environment” and partners’ priorities.

“We take great pride in the fact that, together with you our partners, we provide technology and products that are needed now more than ever,” Su said. “Today, people are working safely and productively at home on AMD-powered laptops, using services running on AMD-powered servers, and searching for medical breakthroughs on AMD-powered supercomputers. We don’t take this responsibility lightly.”

Su’s email was sent only hours after Intel CEO Bob Swan told partners and customers that the tech industry is “more essential now than it has ever been” and that the semiconductor giant has been delivering products on time at a rate of more than 90%. While Intel continues to dominate the market for x86 processors in servers and PCs, AMD now has double-digit share on the client side. Unlike Intel, AMD relies on third-party foundries like Taiwan-based TSMC to manufacture all of its products.

In the email, Su said AMD partners should not hesitate to reach out to local field teams with any questions or concerns as transparency in the ecosystem is paramount.

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