AMD hosting developers

AMD planning U.S. developer conference

After years of holding meetings with analysts and media at rival Intel Corp.’s biannual developer conferences, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) plans to host its own developer conference this year in the U.S.

A source close to AMD said the conference would take place in the second quarter, right around the time that Microsoft Corp. is expected to finally release a 64-bit production version of the Windows operating system that works with AMD’s 64-bit desktop processors. A report about the planned conference first appeared on The Inquirer, a technology news Web site.

AMD is coming off a very successful year in which it gained market share and mainstream attention based on demand for its Opteron and Athlon 64 processors.

AMD is eyeing Las Vegas and Phoenix as potential sites for the conference, the source said.