The complex pieces of the jigsaw that makes up the AMD and Compaq relationship are now beginning to slot into place. Bob Palmer joins the AMD board, even though he's still a member of the Compaq board. Jerry Sanders III, CEO of AMD, delivers the company's results in a few days. The results will be bad. Intel's reputation has sunk to the lowest ever, even amongst its loyal OEMs. Compaq's Eckhard Pfeiffer becomes the white knight riding to AMD's rescue. The K7 is an EV technology. AMD and Compaq have always been Texan friends. Eckhard Pfeiffer has had a grudge against Intel since he argued with a European senior VP. Quod erat demonstrandum, as the Cockneys say.