AMD is just doing a disappearing act, and they're quite right to do so, because things are getting really bad in the US. The article with leaked documents in the Washington Post says enough: the president doesn't want to support a law that would protect the citizens, and he doesn't want to solidify into any law what has been going on for quite some time behind the scenes (building in backdoors and massive surveillance). Therefore a climate of arbitrary totalitarianism is being actively stimulated, whereby the powers that be just find it easy to ignore democratic principles entirely and just do what they want.
AMD is not owned by an American company, it's owned in majority by a company that's de facto mostly owned by a United Arabian Emirate. It's more than clear that the majoritarian owners of the company that owns AMD has opposite interests.
That is the only thing that is bringing AMD down for the moment. It's also bringing Intel down. Intel has already moved most of its development to China and has just fired another couple of thousand employees. It's what's bringing all US companies down, and it will bring down even the largest US companies if this is allowed to continue.
The US puts quite a lot of pressure on its "allies" to create a similar pseudo-democratic environment. Very old democracies like England are like a barometer for what happens behind the curtains, because at least there is some kind of legislative effort to reflect the de facto practices, with even teenagers and developers being jailed for not surrendering cryptokeys. Many countries adopt the same totalitarian habits of the US military industrial complex though, and just sabotage any effort to come to any legislation whatsoever, at the same time however producing regulations that don't have to pass a democratic process that support the totalitarian interest, like the regulation concerning the prohibition of free software on hardware that contains a radio, or like the deferral of the rule of law of a European country to private corporate courts in New York when it comes to intellectual property, inventions, food and medicine.
The whole world is getting screwed.
If you look at what the very rich are doing, it doesn't look good. For instance: there is a company called Corbis, which is provately owned by Bill Gates, and which buys the rights to pictures of important works of art in Europe and Russia. The whole concept is crazy, namely Corbis insists on having the rights to pictures of visual works of art like paintings and sculptures.... not the painters or sculptors mind you, those don't have to make any money according to Bill Gates, but Corbis needs to be paid for the rights to pictures to these works of art.
Now here's the problem: in the US, the rights associated with pictures tend to end pretty quickly in comparison to other countries. Now if those pictures for which Corbis, a US company, holds the rights, are stored on a European server, for instance in a European country where these rights last for a very long time, and if it's decided in the US that these pictures stored outside of the US are not subject to US law, that would mean that those rights to those pictures would last much longer... but why would Corbis need those rights and need them to last for a long time? Maybe because something will happen with the originals, and the pictures will be a goldmine because they will be the only thing left of the original works of art, and people will pay dearly to see pictures of the art works? There must be a compelling reason why Bill Gates is investing so much money into a company that has never made a single buck of profit, and that has exposed one of his other companies to enormous amounts of costs just to make a point for Corbis...
Now if nothing what you see is what is it when it comes to a company owned by Bill Gates, isn't it plausible that the rich buggers on the other side of the pond that own AMD might be up to things that aren't what they seem to be?
In fact, the RISC-division of AMD is not doing half bad, and they are the hardware supplier of choice on ALL of the most popular gaming and entertainment platforms in the world. They are still the preferred hardware choice for linux people because there are less problems with AMD hardware in general and some specific problems, that might have something to do with RNG's, are not present on AMD chips. AMD graphics drivers will find their way into linux kernel 4.3 (as KMS modules that work together with userspace software that provides the rest functionality), so no more catalyst woes. Windows drivers for linux for AMD suck balls, but so do the nVidia Windows drivers for linux, even though until two years ago, nVidia was the dominant platform for GPU's in linux because they would maintain their linux drivers meticulously... nothing of that is left, in fact, nVidia has not followed a lot of open standard functionality (and that is even backfiring now in Windows for DX12). Intel, the largest supplier of PC graphics solutions (according to the Steam hardware survey, more than half of all gamers plays on Intel graphics), hasn't been very successful in the last two years when it comes to producing working drivers for power management, graphics, OpenCL, etc... to the point where Intel (that only has open source drivers basically) isn't able to follow AMD and nVidia in providing OpenGL 4.1 compatibility with kernel 4.3... in the end, AMD isn't doing that bad at all, they're just hollowing out some company structures that have become a liability for other reasons than commercial reasons...