While Intel Corp. continues to invest into open-source operating systems projects, AMD believes that the market of OSs is largely formed and beyond that it does not make sense to invest in. Microsoft Corp's Windows 8, Google's Android and Apple's iOS will serve all the purposes of end-users going forward.
"There is no return on investment beyond Linux, Android and Win 8, so only these three make sense," said Neal Robison, senior director of content and application support at AMD, in a brief interview with X-bit labs.
Advanced Micro Devices' arch-rival Intel recently decided to drop support of MeeGo operating system which it developed with Nokia, and initiated support of Tizen platform instead. Tizen is a standards-based, cross-architecture software platform, which supports multiple device categories including smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, netbooks and in-vehicle infotainment systems. Tizen combines the open-source technologies from LiMo and the Linux foundation and adds standards-based HTML5 and WAC web development environment within which device-independent applications can be produced efficiently for unconstrained cross-platform deployment.
In AMD's view, it does not make sense to spend precious development and financial resources onto non-standard platforms, but to concentrate on those already available and in use by actual customers.
AMD does not think (at least officially) that ARM, even in ARMv8 64-bit form, makes a lot of sense since x86 is much more scalable in terms of performance and software support. Nonetheless, AMD makes no predictions about further developments of the market.