Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Sword

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Sword

Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) licensed the technology to build 80286-series microprocessors from Intel in the mid-1980s. We found this sword along with the AMD logo on a 286 microprocessor clone that was marketed in the late 1980s in a laptop computer. This image features the AMD logo in the upper left-hand corner and the sword at the bottom of the photomicrograph. AMD launched an internal company-wide program called "dragonslayer" during this time period that emphasized performance and results in design, manufacturing, and sales (symbolized by the three knights: Rigor, Vigor, and Nimble, respectively). We think that the sword on this chip references this campaign, which was in place at the time this chip was manufactured.


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