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1969
Electrical engineer, Jerry Sanders leaves Fairchild Semiconductor and starts Advanced Micro Devices

mid-1970s
The company begins producing computer chips

1979
AMD debuts on the New York Stock Exchange

1982
Intel and AMD enter into a 10-year technology exchange agreement


1991
AMD releases the Am386 microprocessor family, a reverse-engineered chip that is compatible with Intel's 386 microprocessor


1996
AMD acquires microprocessor company NexGen and begins branching out from the Intel-compatible chip market


2005
Microsoft's Xbox 360, a popular electronic game console, uses AMD products.


2006
AMD acquires graphics processor company ATI Technologies for $5.4 billion


2016
AMD officially announces the first 14nm Ryzen products during its New Horizon summit. 

It's usually difficult to quit a lucrative job and start your own company. 

But electrical engineer Jerry Sanders seemed fearless when he and his bunch of friends quit their job at Fairchild Semiconductor, and founded their own company in 1969. It was Advanced Micro Devices (AMD - Get Report) .

The company began producing computer chips. Sanders' fearless approach took the company to new heights. Today the company is one of the successful ventures in semiconductor industry. 

Stick with TheStreet today for an exclusive interview with AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, and our technology columnist Eric Jhonsa around 4 p.m. eastern time.

Watch our recent 20 minute interview with AMD CEO Lisa Su.

 

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