AMD advances in China market with alarming speed
According to a report published by Chinese online media NetEase (NASDAQ: NTES), there is a hot debate on true and fake dual core throughout China. In an online survey titled "Dual Core Debate" by SINA.com, 65.52% of the surveyed favour AMD as the winner, only 25.05% choose Intel. 73.98% of the surveyed support AMD's dual core challenge for Intel. AMD has conducted a 3 month dual core marketing campaign covering major Chinese cities.
Regarding the recent Conroe benchmark at the IDF, PR manager of AMD China, Ms. Yanli Liu discounted it as a future Intel chip against AMD's current offering, she questioned the integrity of the test as it was an Intel setup done in a very closed environment.
The report claims that Lenovo, Tongfang, Asus, Shenzhou, Benq and MSI are AMD's top five allies in China, while Acer, TCL and Haier are in Intel's camp.
A researcher of the Chinese Science Academy recently lashed out against the shared FSB design of Intel's NGMA/CORE, calling it a major bottleneck. AMD collaborated with Dawning in implementing China's fastest supercomputer with the Opteron processor. AMD also contributed the Geode processor design to China's Beijing University and Ministry of Science and Technology in a joint development project.
Intel's recent atttempt to block China's WAPI wireless standard in favour of its own 802.11i standard has deeply angered the Chinese. There were Chinese reports that Intel invited the voting members of the standard committee to luxurious trips. So far, only Japan, European Union and South Korea governments have raided INTEL offices.