AMD lays out a plan to get back to profit this year

AMD hopes to be profitable by the end of fiscal 2013 with the help of new products and a boost from its custom chip business

By , IDG News Service |  IT Management

AMD's custom chips are used in Nintendo's Wii U gaming console, and other chips are expected to be in gaming consoles coming later this year.

AMD expects the custom and embedded businesses to constitute 20 percent of revenue by the fourth quarter, Read said, adding that the business could deliver as much as half of AMD's revenue in the coming years.

Central to the custom chip business is a new design philosophy for AMD that includes using intellectual property from other companies in chips. That philosophy is also reflected in its plan to sell ARM-based server chips in 2014.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam's e-mail address is agam_shah@idg.com

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