AMD not abandoning socketed CPUs

AMD has said that it will not copy any rumoured Intel moves away from socketed CPUs.

Last week we reported rumours that Chipzilla was moving towards systems on chips and would not run socketed CPUs past 2014.

This was seen as bad news for those who want to upgrade their PCs.

AMD stuck its collective oar into the debate saying that its plans for 2014 are different.

Techreport said that it had AMD’s Chris Hook on the blower saying that there was no way that AMD would follow that track.

He said that AMD has a long history of supporting the DIY and enthusiast desktop market with socketed CPUs and APUs that are compatible with a wide range of motherboard products from its partners.

AMD was following that roadmap through in 2013 and 2014 with the “Kaveri” APU and FX CPU lines. At the moment it has not thought about moving to BGA only packaging and would continue to support this segment of the market.

That is not saying that AMD will not offer BGA packages. It already has some in its ultrathin platform range.

Hook said Intel’s enthusiasm for BGA was understandable in the mobile market.

But he said that for the desktop market, and the enthusiasts with whom AMD has built its brand socketed CPUs were the only way forward.

Of course two years is a long time in Chipland and AMD might well change its mind. But if Intel does pull out of socketed CPUs, AMD could give itself a useful niche. After all, it is not just enthusiasts who will want to be able to upgrade PCs by slotting in new chips.

Businesses will be keen not to have to upgrade a complete computer just because the chip has become a bit smelly.

Of course, AMD could be sold off in a couple of years so it makes such pronouncements moot.