Advanced Micro Devices was founded on May 1, 1969 by a group of executives from Fairchild Semiconductor, including Jerry Sanders III, Ed Turney, John Carey, Sven Simonsen, Jack Gifford and three members from Gifford’s team, Frank Botte, Jim Giles and Larry Stenger. The company began to produce logic integrated circuits, then entered the business of the RAM in 1975. That same year he made a clone of Intel 8080 microprocessor using reverse engineering techniques.
During this period, AMD also designed and produced a series of processors Bit slicing (Am2901, Am29116, Am293xx) that were used in various designs of microcomputers. During that time, AMD tried to change the perception that he was the RISC processors with AMD 29k and tried to diversify by introducing graphics and video units as well as EPROM. This was its success in mid-1980 with AMD7910 and AMD7911, one of the first drives that support multiple standards, both Bell and CCITT at 1200 baud half duplex or 300/300 full duplex. The AMD 29K survived as an embedded processor and AMD Spansion spin-off became a leader in flash memory production. AMD decided to change direction and focus only on Intel-compatible microprocessors, placing it in direct competition with Intel and destine them to flash memory secondary markets.
AMD announces the acquisition of ATI Technologies on July 24, 2006. AMD pays 4.3 billion dollars in cash and 58 million shares for a total of 5.4 billion. The acquisition was completed on October 25, 2006 and now part of AMD’s ATI.
They were told in December 2006 that AMD along with its main competitor Nvidia, which might be violating antitrust laws including the ability to set prices.
In October 2008, AMD announced a plan to secede from the semiconductor company GlobalFoundries. This would allow you to focus solely on the design of integrated circuits.