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  • Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

    06/21/2017 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 21, 2017 | lauran Neergaard
    An experimental drug is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the damage to their vision. Age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, is the leading cause of vision loss among seniors, gradually eroding crucial central vision. There are different forms but more than 5 million people worldwide, and a million in the U.S., have an advanced type of so-called "dry" macular degeneration that has no treatment. First patients may notice blurriness when they look straight ahead. Eventually many develop blank...
  • AMD Starts Selling Powerful PC Chips to Challenge Intel

    03/03/2017 10:04:23 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    wsj ^ | March 2, 2017 8:45 p.m. ET | By Ted Greenwald
    Three chips in AMD’s Ryzen line, which became available in high volume Thursday, represent first major processor redesign in five years Advanced Micro Devices Inc. started selling new personal-computer chips that challenge market leader Intel Corp. for the first time in years.
  • IBM’s Power Roadmap Extended By Chip Breakthrough

    10/08/2016 11:00:51 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    http://www.nextplatform.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Hot on the heels of the closing of the deal that divests its semiconductor business and places it in the hands of Globalfoundries, the former chip making business of AMD that is controlled by the government of Abu Dhabi, IBM and its academic and chip industry partners have announced that they have successfully etched chips with transistors that are 7 nanometers in size – significantly smaller than current processes and extending the Moore’s Law curve one more step.It is a big step, however, based on a mix of new technologies that have not been tested in volume production before,...
  • AMD, Infineon Look Poised For VR/AR Boost

    09/01/2016 9:40:31 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    seekingalpha.com ^ | Sep. 1 2016 | Larry Ramer Larry Ramer
    *********************clip The tremendous success of Pokemon Go, which is based on augmented reality, shows that the augmented reality/virtual reality era has arrived and is poised to be huge. With research firm Gartner predicting that 1.4 million virtual reality headsets will be shipped this year and 6.3 million will be shipped next year, investors should look to benefit from this trend. In 2020, 45.6 million augmented reality devices will be sold, another research firm IDC predicted.********************************************CLIP*********************************
  • This Dirt Cheap Stock Could be Investors' Best Way to Bet on Virtual Reality

    06/22/2016 7:50:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Demand for virtual reality is expected to surge in the years ahead. Research firm IDC expects that more than 110 million VR headsets will be sold in 2020, up from 9.6 million headsets in 2016. Investors looking to add exposure to the trend have a number of stocks to choose from, including both NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB). But while those companies may offer attractive upside, their shares certainly aren't cheap, trading for about 40- and 69-times trailing earnings, respectively. Those investors looking for more of a bargain might consider AMD (NASDAQ: AMD). The computing giant seems likely to play...
  • Oculus CEO: We’ll build for Apple if it ever releases a ‘good computer’

    03/04/2016 6:33:23 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 61 replies
    The Verge ^ | 2/4/2016 | By Sam Byford
    Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has poured water on the idea of his Rift virtual reality headset supporting the Mac by saying that Apple doesn't make any computers powerful enough to run it. "That is up to Apple and if they ever release a good computer we will do it," Luckey tells ShackNews when asked about Mac support. "It just boils down to the fact that Apple doesn’t prioritize high-end GPUs. You can buy a $6,000 Mac Pro with the top of the line AMD FirePro D700, and it still doesn’t match our recommended spec." Apple's high-end Mac Pro computers come...
  • AMD Launches Carrizo: The Laptop Leap of Efficiency and Architectural Updates

    06/03/2015 2:00:52 PM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 8 replies
    AnandTech ^ | June 2, 2015 | Ian Cutress
    Perform a small test for me. Close your eyes, and spend 15 seconds considering the state of the laptop market and what devices interest you, are available, or on the horizon. Done? Let me hazard a guess – Apple’s offerings loomed large over $800, with $1500+ gaming laptops on the periphery. At $300 we’re more in tablet-first space with a mix of cheap clamshell rubbish. In the middle is an assortment of $400-$700 good but not always great mixture of 2-in-1s (like the Surface) or clamshells (like the ASUS UX305), divided mostly on price and features but 95% of them...
  • AMD CEO Says Windows 10 Will Launch ‘At The End Of July’ [Can Microsoft Pull it off?]

    04/20/2015 1:33:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 04/20/2015 | Alex Wilhelm
    Buried in the question-and-answer section of AMD’s earnings call this past Friday was an interesting note on the release timing of Windows 10. According to AMD CEO Lisa Su, Windows 10 should be released in late July.In response to a question regarding its channel inventory, Su said the following: What we also are factoring in is, you know, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching sort of the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory build-up. TechCrunch...
  • AMD Publishes Open-Source Linux HSA Kernel Driver

    07/11/2014 2:35:25 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    phoronix.com ^ | 10 July 2014 06:23 PM EDT | by Michael Larabel
    AMD has just published a massive patch-set for the Linux kernel that finally implements a HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) in open-source. The set of 83 patches implement a Linux HSA driver for Radeon family GPUs and serves too as a sample driver for other HSA-compatible devices. This big driver in part is what well known Phoronix contributor John Bridgman has been working on at AMD.********************** Heterogeneous System Architecture has been talked up for a while now by AMD as well as ARM vendors and now finally for open-source enthusiasts we can finally start seeing the advantages of the CPU and...
  • Russian government dumps Intel and AMD in favor of homemade processors

    06/23/2014 8:38:15 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 84 replies
    engadget ^ | Sharif Sakr
    Russia's policy on Western technology is clear: The country can live without it, especially if key issues like economic sanctions, NSA spying and GPS cooperation aren't resolved to its leader's satisfaction. It looks like this tough stance extends to US-designed computer chips too, as a Russian business newspaper is reporting that state departments and state-run companies will no longer purchase PCs built around Intel or AMD processors. Instead, starting in 2015, the government will order up to one million devices annually based on the "Baikal" processor, which is manufactured by a domestic company called T-Platforms.
  • AMD To Unify X86, ARM Systems With SkyBridge

    05/06/2014 9:29:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    enterprisetech.com ^ | 4:12 pm, May 5, 2014 | by Timothy Prickett Morgan
    Chip maker AMD wants the world to know that it is not just dabbling in ARM processors, but rather intends to make ARM chips peers to its X86 products. At an event in San Francisco today, the top brass of the company revealed the full extent of its “ambidextrous computing” strategy, which includes an effort code-named “SkyBridge” that will see future X86 and ARM processors have the same pin-outs.AMD also announced that it has become a full ARMv8 architecture licensee of ARM Holdings, which will allow it to create its own custom ARM core designs. On the server front,...
  • AMD Announces 2014-2016 Roadmap – 20nm Project SkyBridge and K12 ... ARM ...

    05/05/2014 12:08:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    wccftech.com ^ | Posted 30 minutes ago | by Hassan Mujtaba
    ***************** AMD has just announced their Opteron roadmap for 2014-2016 at the Core Innovation conference which unveils the upcoming Project Skybridge and K12 architecture based family of APUs and SOCs. The new roadmap reveals the ambidextrous design framework which brings computing to several form factors in the dense server market.AMD Announces 2014-2016 Roadmap – 20nm Project SkyBridge The Project Skybridge is AMD’s next generation ambidextrous computing architecture that allows x86 Cores and ARM cores to be pin-to-pin compatible allowing the motherboard to run off both SOCs and APUs. The Project Sky-Bridge will feature the new family of APUs and SOCs...
  • Microsoft adopts Mantle but calls it DX12

    03/18/2014 2:12:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | March 18, 2014 | by Charlie Demerjian
    GDC 2014: Completely different because it is not called Mantle, just ask MS PR Just as SemiAccurate predicted months ago, Microsoft has adopted AMD’s Mantle but are now calling it DX12. The way they did it manages to pull stupidity from the jaws of defeat by breaking compatibility in the name of lock-in. The impetus for all of this mess is the dire situation the XBox One is in. You might recall that it is woefully underpowered compared to the Sony PS4, has roughly 50% less shader performance, far lower memory bandwidth, significantly harder to program for, and tools described...
  • AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

    03/03/2014 11:48:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | 14 Jan 2014 | By Rik Myslewski,
    Graphics and x86 cores are all just 'compute units' now for our games, videos and apps AMD has released its long-awaited Kaveri processor, the first accelerated processing unit (APU) to incorporate both on-die CPU and GPU cores in a heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) with a shared memory architecture. Behold Kaveri, in which CPUs and GPUs are equal 'compute unit' partners (click to enlarge) "We're going to need to create a new term," AMD product CTO Joe Macri said at a Kaveri briefing, "because HSA has really changed what can be done on the graphics part of the die."That new term,...
  • It Begins: AMD Announces Its First ARM Based Server SoC, 64-bit/8-core Opteron A1100

    01/31/2014 12:56:59 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Anandtech ^ | January 28, 2014 6:35 PM EST | Anand Lal Shimpi
    Around 15 months ago, AMD announced that it would be building 64-bit ARM based SoCs for servers in 2014. Less than a month into 2014, AMD made good on its promise and officially announced the Opteron A1100: a 64-bit ARM Cortex A57 based SoC. The Opteron A1100 features either 4 or 8 AMD Cortex A57 cores. There's only a single die mask so we're talking about harvested die to make up the quad-core configuration. My guess is over time we'll see that go away entirely, but since we're at very early stages of talking about the A1100 there's likely...
  • Nvidia’s program to get OEMs like Origin PC to dump AMD called “Tier 0″ ( Graphics Wars!)

    10/08/2013 9:50:11 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Semi -Accurate ^ | Oct 7, 2013 | Charlie Demerjian
    ″ Exclusive: Seems awfully antitrusty from this point of view Sources high up at Nvidia say that the program that bribed Origin PC to drop AMD products and publicly badmouth the company, its products, and anything related is called “Tier 0″. The plan was hatched by Nvidia sales and it has a few bits to it. Tier 0 partners have to drop competitive products, AMD in this case, publicly badmouth AMD, and put out press releases/bang the publicity drum on the subject. The idea is to make it look like a grassroots problem that high-end gaming PC makers are all...
  • AMD's first ARM part is for networks

    09/10/2013 10:50:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    fudzilla ^ | Monday, 09 September 2013 23:40 | Written by Fuad Abazovic
    Hierofalcon A57, up to 8 cores As expected, AMD’s first ARM based product won’t go after phones and tablets. Arun Iyengar, General Manager of Embedded Solutions Group, AMD, has just announced the company’s first ARM product codenamed Hierofalcon.It is based on up to eight ARM 64-bit A57 cores and it is a 28nm chip. It is mainly targeting the network and communications market rather than anything else.The product comes with 10Gb network support, ECC support, PCI gen 3 and ARM trusted zone. It comes in second half of 2014 and since there is still plenty of growth potential in the...
  • TI comes out with DockPort silicon -- Cheap and useful docking stations kill Intel's Thunderbol

    08/20/2013 7:31:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | Aug 5, 2013 | by Charlie Demerjian
    Texas Instruments just put a chip through the heart of Intel’s Thunderbolt folly with their new HD3SS2521 DockPort controller. This little $1.85 chip both vastly simplifies the user experience and shines a harsh light on what Intel can’t do with a closed and 75x more expensive solution. If you haven’t been paying attention, DockPort is the sane and open answer to Intel’s still broken and anti-user Light Peak/Thunderbolt interface. Formerly called Lightning Bolt, DockPort was AMD’s answer to the non-solution that Intel tried to spin Thunderbolt as. Several years in Thunderbolt is achieving some of the features promised at release...
  • AMD Implies on Consumer-Oriented ARM-Based Microprocessors.

    07/19/2013 12:29:37 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 07/18/2013 07:53 PM | by Anton Shilov
    AMD Sees Value in Both ARM and x86 Architectures Although Advanced Micro Devices has licensed ARM Cortex-A50 cores for its upcoming AMD Opteron-branded solutions aimed at micro-servers, the company has never publicly acknowledged that it has plans to design consumer-class solutions powered by ARM technology. However, recent comments made by an AMD vice president may indicate that the company is indeed looking in that direction.When asked whether ARM architecture is indeed needed for server and other solutions considering the fact that both AMD and Intel Corp. now have very low-power x86 designs, Lisa Su, senior vice president and general...
  • [KAVERI APU] AMD Socket FM2+ - Guide and discussion

    06/17/2013 1:54:15 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    overclock.net ^ | 6/6/13 at 9:38am | xd_1771
    Figured I'd give this an early start, given one such motherboard has already been reported at computex This thread will be updated as more motherboards are found. Feel free to submit in the thread below! On Socket FM2+ Socket FM2+ is backward-compatible with Richland and Trinity processors. ASUS  A88XM-Pro - Articles: [1] High-end - mATX - FM2+ APU support with A88X chipset - 4+2-phase VRM design with heatsink - 4x DDR3 DIMM memory ECS  A78F2-TI - Articles: [1] Midrange - mITX - FM2+ APU support with A78X chipset - 3+2 phase VRM design - SODIMM memory