The Rise Of The Data Center: A Never-ending Tailwind
Driven by the growing demand for cloud computing and high-level analytics, data centers have proliferated exponentially throughout the digital age. These facilities provide critical infrastructure that supports many of the services we rely on today, and both QCOM and AMD play important roles in ensuring they continue to function 24 hours a day.
In fact, Qualcomm provides framework solutions such as servers, switches, and storage devices, as well as advanced processors and chipsets that underpin applications allied to disaster recovery and e-commerce.
Moreover, QCOM supplies a key product needed to run cloud software, namely its Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 data center accelerator card. Indeed, one of the main benefits of the AI 100 is its superior efficiency, as it’s capable of performing almost 170,000 offline inferences per second.
The Qualcomm Cloud AI 100 also supports a wide range of AI frameworks and libraries – such as TensorFlow, Caffe, and Caffe2 – which enables coders to easily deploy their AI applications on the actual card itself.
On the other hand, Advanced Micro Devices has its own hardware offerings – such as the EPYC range of processors – which are equally as vital to data center performance as Qualcomm’s are.
For instance, EPYC processors include advanced security features that avoid downtime, protect sensitive data, and are “highly resistant to today’s sophisticated attacks.” In addition to processors, AMD also provides a range of other server solutions that deliver “the broadest set of engines” yet.
And because data centers represent such a significant growth trend right now, it’s expected that QCOM and AMD will continue to see strong revenue growth in the future as they capitalize on the increasing demand for cloud infrastructure and services.
QCOM and AMD: AI Pioneers
AMD EBITDA Forecast To Pop 60%
Although AMD has lost 47% of its value over the last year, its share price remains fairly steep at 20-times its forward earnings. Conversely, while Qualcomm’s stock declined slightly less at 35%, it’s looking decidedly cheap at an IT sector-beating PE ratio of just 12.
That said, there’s a lot more under the hood when it comes to figuring out which company makes for the best investment.
Indeed, on the growth front, AMD is clearly the winner. Its EBITDA is expected to expand at a massive 60% compared to QCOM’s 12%, with revenues increasing at 54% on a trailing twelve-month basis versus Qualcomm’s 32%.
However, taken from a quarterly perspective, the story is a little different. Advanced Micro Devices registered an alarming 93% decrease in net income during the latest reporting period, while QCOM managed to post a modest 3% increase for the same metric.
Interestingly, despite each company having certain issues to contend with, they also both sport plenty of good news when it comes to their individual business segments. For example, AMD’s Data Center venture increased its revenues by 45% in the third quarter, due mainly to strong sales of the firm’s EPYC server processors. Furthermore, operating income of $505 million represented 31% of its Data Center revenue, up from 28% last year.
Meanwhile, QCOM also announced record sales across its Handsets, Automotive & IoT business, with a “multi-year agreement with Meta” to develop mixed reality experiences already in the can.
As to whether you ultimately decide to plumb for Qualcomm or AMD, it will all depend on how you see the firms’ respective growth trajectory. QCOM – with its operations based mainly within the telecommunications sector – will likely appeal more to those with less tolerance for riskier industries. However, ignoring the woes afflicting semiconductor logistics at the moment, AMD might offer greater upside to investors willing to wait.
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