AMD Breaks New Ground in the Data Center

Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD  ) largely hangs its hat on a processor architecture first designed by larger rival Intel (NASDAQ: INTC  ) . But things are changing fast.

AMD bought a microserver company last year that builds plenty of systems around the competing ARM Holdings (NASDAQ: ARMH  ) core design. Around the same time, AMD also promised to design its own ARM-based chips. The so-called Fusion design philosophy allows AMD to mix and match processor variants without redesigning the entire chip and the system around it.

The company just published a server roadmap for 2014, showing the first in-house ARM designs in the back half of next year. This might be a game changer, but not for the obvious reasons. In the video below, Fool contributor Anders Bylund explains how the new processor blueprint opens new doors for AMD and its investors.

When it comes to dominating markets, it doesn't get much better than Intel's position in the PC microprocessor arena. However, that market is maturing, and Intel finds itself in a precarious situation longer term if it doesn't find new avenues for growth. In this premium research report on Intel, a Motley Fool analyst runs through all of the key topics investors should understand about the chip giant. Click here now to learn more.

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