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  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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
  • AMD Demonstrates Fourth Generation Kaveri APU At Computex 2013 – Ruby Techdemo Showcased Too

    06/07/2013 9:28:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies ^ | June 5, 2013 | Hassan Mujtaba
    AMD Demos Fourth Generation Kaveri APU at Computex 2013 AMD’s Kaveri APU platform would be the chip maker’s fourth generation of accelerated processing units which would feature the latest 28nm Steamroller core architecture that would be the first major architectural uplift in recent years over the Bulldozer and its refined successor “Piledriver”. Both Bulldozer and Piledriver came with up to 8 core SKUs but due to lackluster performance against Intel’s offerings failed to gain a huge market.With Steamroller, AMD plans to step in the 28nm process design coupled with greater parallelism and around 15-20% IPC improvement over currently available CPU...
  • AMD Changes Attitude Towards Android: Set to Support the Platform.

    06/07/2013 8:33:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 06/05/2013 08:00 PM | Anton Shilov
    AMD Fusion Chips for Tablets Set to Support Android OSAfter a long time of supporting only Microsoft Corp.’s Widows operating system, Advanced Micro Devices is changing its stance towards Google Android and Google Chrome platforms. In a bid to become successful on the market of tablets, ultra low-cost personal computers and, perhaps, even smartphones, the company will support Google’s OSes."We are very committed to Windows 8; we think it is a great operating system, but we also see a market for Android and Chrome developing as well. […] I think Android and Chrome tend to be in the entry form...
  • AMD's Richland vs. Intel's Haswell GPU on the Desktop: Radeon HD 8670D vs. Intel HD 4600

    06/06/2013 9:50:38 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Anandtech ^ | June 6, 2013 12:00 PM EST | Anand Lal Shimpi
    The run up to Computex has been insane. Kabini, Haswell and Iris hit us back to back to back, not to mention all of the travel before receiving those products to get briefed on everything. Needless to say, we're in major catchup mode. There's a lot more that I wanted to do with Haswell desktop that got cut out due to Iris, and much more I wanted to do with Iris that I had to scrap in order to fly out to Computex. I will be picking up where I left off later this month, but with WWDC, Samsung and...
  • AMD ups ante with Temash and Kabini APUs

    05/24/2013 10:12:10 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Hexus ^ | 23 May 2013, 05:00 | Tarinder Sandhu
    Chip company AMD is banking on the success of its Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). These APUs integrate the CPU and GPU elements on to a single piece of silicon and enable a modern computer to function without requiring an external graphics card. Pushing forward with a new generation, AMD detailed its 2013 APU line-up at the start of this year. It is already known that AMD is splitting the APU offering into three families: Temash for low-power tablets/hybrids; Kabini for entry-level laptops, and Richland for mainstream/performance laptops. And while the Richland APU is also being produced for the desktop, it's...
  • AMD says a sub-9W G series SoC is weeks away (Jaguar SOC with Graphics )

    04/25/2013 11:47:25 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Tue Apr 23 2013, 09:00 | Lawrence Latif
    CHIP DESIGNER AMD said it will announce a sub 9W G series system on chip (SoC) in the coming weeks to show how low it can take the Jaguar architecture. AMD's latest G series chips are the firm's first true SoC parts, integrating its latest Jaguar CPU architecture with a GPU based on its Sea Islands architecture and including an I/O controller on the same die, all for a 9W thermal design power (TDP) rating. Now the firm has told The INQUIRER that it will announce a sub-9W TDP G series SoC in the coming weeks.AMD's five Jaguar based G...
  • AMD Fusion: How It Started, Where It’s Going, And What It Means (What is HSA?)

    04/01/2013 9:50:44 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    tom'sHARDWARE ^ | August 14, 2012 | by William Van Winkle
    Table of contents 1. The Story Of Fusion Begins 2. Looking For The Other Half 3. Merger And Mayhem 4. Scaling The Brick Wall 5. Up From The Ashes 6. Fusion Ignites 7. Heterogeneous Roots 8. OpenCL And HSA 9. Focus On The Programmer 10. HSA's Big Picture 11. More About The Big Picture 12. HSA Tomorrow You've already read about APUs, and maybe you're even using them now. But the road to creating APUs was paved with a number of struggles and unsung breakthroughs. This is the story of how hybrid chips came to be at AMD and where...
  • IDC: PC Shipments Declining Faster Than Anticipated

    03/19/2013 10:10:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | 03/18/2013 at 12:32pm | by Paul Lilly
    IDC readjusted its PC sales forecast after seeing weak shipments in February. Weaker than expected February PC shipments prompted International Data Corporation to reassess the market and adjust its expectation for the first quarter. Whereas IDC previously expected PC shipments to decline by 7.7 percent in Q1, the market research firm now says the drop could hit double digits, followed by a mid-single-digit decline in the second quarter before a recovery is in sight.
  • AMD to launch Richland on March 12 ( Follow on to the Trinity APU chip...F2 socket)

    03/05/2013 12:18:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 05 March 2013 15:26 | Slobodan Simic
    AMD is ready for it There have been more than enough leaks dealing with Richland, AMD's successor to the Trinity powered Virgo platform, and we even had a chance to see some leaks regarding its succesor, codenamed Kaveri. As you may already know, Richland is planned to last through 2013 and it is clear that this is very important chip for AMD. Based on the Piledriver architecture and built using 32nm technology, Richland will feature an integrated GPU that will be upgraded to Radeon HD 8000 series, a generation ahead of Trinity. As you know, there has been a lot of...
  • AMD: We Will Sell PlayStation 4-Like APUs on Open Market.

    02/28/2013 7:33:24 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | 02/27/2013 09:04 PM | Anton Shilov
    Sony PlayStation 4 Technologies to Be Available for PCs*********************************************But not the customized chip as I read it****************************************** Advanced Micro Devices reaffirmed plans to sell accelerated processing units with Jaguar x86 cores and Radeon HD “GCN” graphics technology on open market. While those APUs will not be as powerful as the one that AMD developed for Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 game console, technology- and architecture-wise they will be similar to the semi-custom APU inside the PS4.“Everything that Sony has shared in that single chip is AMD [intellectual property], but we have not built an APU quite like that for anyone...
  • AMD to Show the First Temash-Based Product Prototypes in CES Timeframe.

    11/28/2012 1:49:13 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | [11/28/2012 09:09 AM] | by Anton Shilov
    AMD Hopes to Demonstrate Next-Generation Ultra Low-Power APUs at CES Chief executive officer of Advanced Micro Devices said that the first prototypes of products based on code-named Temash ultra low-power accelerated processing units will be demonstrated around the consumer electronics show next year. Most likely, the demonstrations will be private and made only for partners as the chip will probably be officially launched later in the year.
  • AMD launches Opteron 6300 server processors ( Code Name Abu Dhabi )

    11/26/2012 9:10:29 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies ^ | Monday November 5, 2012 23:47 | Anthony Shvets
    AMD today launched Opteron 6300 series CPUs for quad-processor servers. Built on Abu Dhabi core and "Piledriver" microarchitecture, that incorporates a number of tweaks for improved performance, new processors offer higher level of performance than the previous generation of server products, that was branded as Opteron 6200. AMD claims that new parts offer up to 24% better performance in SPECjbb2005 server benchmark than their predecessors. AMD microprocessors from Opteron 6300 series pack up to 16 cores depending on the SKU, as well as 16 MB L3 cache in a single package. Opteron 6308 is a quad-core processor. The number of...
  • AMD Hires JP Morgan Chase to Explore Options of Company’s Future.

    11/14/2012 10:44:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies
    Xbitlabs ^ | [11/13/2012 09:57 PM] | Anton Shilov
    AMD’s Management Considers Sale of Company, Patent Portfolio Advanced Micro Devices has hired JP Morgan Chase to investigate future strategic options for the company, which has been losing money, market share and talents for many years in a row. AMD officially denied that the plan is to sell the company or to merge with a bigger partner.The options that AMD asked JP Morgan Chase to explore include sale of the whole company as well as a sale of its portfolio of patents, reports Reuters news-agency citing three sources with knowledge of the matter. It is claimed that the primary...
  • AMD to launch something mutated on October 9 (Possible Tablet processor?)

    10/05/2012 11:34:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | Oct 5, 2012 | Leo Yim
    Tablet and keyboard dock with Windows 8 sunny side up, coming right through.So what just happened is that AMD posted a YouTube video and leaving a dead link which should be accessible from October 9th onwards, creating suspense about an upcoming product launch (or an announcement of an upcoming product launch maybe?) on October 9th.
  • HD Gaming For The Masses: A Trinity Preview

    09/28/2012 5:50:08 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Semiaccurate ^ | Sept 26, 2012 | Thomas Ryan
    The best APU every year... AMD sent us two APUs to review. First up we have the A10-5800K, which is the highest performing part in the A-series lineup. Then we have the 5600K, which loses 200Mhz of CPU clock speed, 40Mhz of GPU clock speed, and has only 2/3rd’s of the GPU cores that the 5800K offers. Now if those sound like some pretty drastic cuts, that’s because they are. But the thing to keep in mind here is that the 5800K has a base clock speed of 3.8Ghz, a base GPU clock speed of 800Mhz, and 384 GPU cores....
  • AMD and Google eye MIPS processor architecture

    09/23/2012 9:15:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies ^ | Apr 19, 2012 | Vito Cassisi
    No longer just a play thing for uni students, network devices and televisions. At least we hope so!We've been wondering why AMD haven't dipped their toes in the thriving mobile market. The potential to start from scratch on an emerging platform may be exactly what AMD needs to get out of their current slump in the CPU market, and leverage the strong GPU talent that they inherited when they bought ATI in 2006. A recent report by BSN has reignited hope that AMD may be seriously considering producing mobile processors through a potential acquisition of MIPS Technologies. MIPS Technologies licence...
  • AMD bangs on about surround computing

    08/29/2012 10:15:07 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Wednesday, 29 August 2012 11:35 | Nick Farrell
    Get your seams behind you AMD's CTO Mark Papermaster has been pushing what he calls the coming “Surround Computing Era”, and unveiled new processor architecture details, enabling technologies and design methodologies that will help drive it. Surround computing is apparently an “extension of pervasive and ambient computing trends” no less. It is when computing technologies are “a completely natural and seamless part of daily life”. Papermaster is proof of it, we can't see any seams on him at all, but that might be the idea. Talking at the Hot Chips conference, Papermaster said that surround computing imagines a world without keyboards...
  • AMD drops prices across its CPU/APU range -- For Phenom II, FX-series Bulldozer CPUs and Llano APUs

    08/27/2012 10:20:36 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 27 August 2012 09:43 | Slobodan Simic
    AMD has updated its price pages pulling down the price on the full range of Llano APUs, Phenom II K10 parts and Bulldozer FX-Series CPUs. Although some price cuts are minor some parts got a price cut of up to 20 percent. The most significant price cut includes the now quite old Phenom II X4 955BE and 965BE CPUs that have dropped by 22.9 and 20.9 percent respectively. Price wise, the Phenom II 955 BE dropped from US $105 down to US $81 while the Pheom II X4 965BE dropped from US $115 down to US $91.The price cuts include...
  • AMD has integrated a real-time operating system into their G-Series of processors

    04/14/2012 10:27:24 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 17 replies ^ | Mar 29, 2012 10:23 am | Anthony Garreffa
    AMD have integrated a real-time operating system (RTOS) into their G-Series of processors. What does this entail, you ask? Well, AMD is now loading Green Hill's Integrity OS into the platform. The embedded system is capable of a bunch of tasks where space and power are at a premium. This would include devices such as TV set-top boxes, other electronic home devices, industrial control systems, networking, the military, and medicine. You know, just a few of the largest markets in the world.
  • AMD cuts 800m transistors from Bulldozer spec

    12/06/2011 8:37:55 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 06 December 2011 11:24 | Peter Scott
    AMD told that its Bulldozer core does not feature 2 billion transistors as previously reported, but rather 1.2 billion. The die size remained unchanged, at 315 square millimeters, so it turns out AMD is only counting transistors actually used by the chip. It seems the other 800 million are looking for work on craigslist and dreaming of moving out of their mom's basement. AMD attributed the whole issue to a simple error, but the move raised more questions than it answered. On one hand, it means AMD’s new architecture doesn’t really need 2 billion transistors to attain decent performance,...
  • AMD To Support Coreboot On All Future CPUs

    09/28/2011 8:32:36 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 3 replies
    Phoronix ^ | May 9th | Michael Larabel
    Here's one non-UDS announcement hitting the web right now that's also very significant for open-source and Linux: Advanced Micro Devices has announced today they will support Coreboot on all future processors. Coreboot, formerly known as LinuxBIOS, is an open-source Linux-based BIOS implementation. AMD has long been a supporter of the Coreboot project with releasing code for Coreboot and supporting documentation in their products: both chipsets and servers.
  • AMD pushes FX-8150 to 8.429GHz (Video )

    09/13/2011 1:38:01 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 13 September 2011 16:51 | Slobodan Simic
    At least a part of it In order to make Intel's IDF 2011 parade a bit more sour, AMD announced that its yet to be released FX-8150 CPU was already overclocked to 8.429GHz, which earned the company the Guinness World Record for the highest achieved frequency. AMD's own Sami Maekinen as well as Brian Mclachlan, Pete Hardman and Aaron Schradin had some fun with AMD's eight-core FX-8150 CPU. Just for reference, previous best AMD record was set at 7378.25MHz with the Phenom II 955 Black Edition. Of course, if you take a look at the CPU-Z screenshots, you will...
  • AMD launches its Interlagos Bulldozer chips

    09/07/2011 9:59:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Tthe Inquirer ^ | Wed Sep 07 2011, 16:39 | Chris Martin
    Should bring forward Intel's Sandy Bridge Xeon launch CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced that it has begun shipping its Bulldozer architecture chips to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The firm started making its first Bulldozer chips codenamed 'Interlagos' last month and is now shipping to OEM customers. Many of the first batches of the Interlagos chip, which AMD said is the world's first 16 core x86 processor, will be used in supercomputers. Rick Bergman, SVP and general manager of AMD Products Group said, "This is a monumental moment for the industry as this first 'Bulldozer' core represents the beginning of unprecedented...
  • High Levels of Vitamin D Appear to Lower Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in Young Women

    04/11/2011 11:56:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | Apr. 11, 2011 | NA
    High levels of vitamin D in the bloodstream appear to be associated with a decreased risk of developing early age-related macular degeneration among women younger than 75 years, according to a report in the April issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a chronic, late-onset disease that results in degeneration of the macula, is the leading cause of adult irreversible vision loss in developed countries," the authors write as background information in the article. "Age-related macular degeneration affects approximately 9 percent (8.5 million) of Americans aged 40 years and older." Amy E. Millen,...
  • AMD Plans Extremely Rapid Transition to New Micro-Architectures, Process Technology. ( Bulldozer )

    02/12/2011 3:07:35 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    XBitLabs ^ | [02/11/2011 10:38 AM] | Anton Shilov
    Advanced Micro Devices seems to be planning extremely rapid transition of its desktop microprocessors to 32nm silicon-on-insulator fabrication process, a person with knowledge of the matter said. By the second quarter of 2012 virtually all AMD processors will be made using 32nm SOI technology and be based on new designs.At present the absolute majority of desktop microprocessors shipped by Advanced Micro Devices are AMD Athlon II and AMD Phenom II chips in AM3 form-factor. But already in a little bit more than a year from now all the desktop chips that AMD will sell will be made using 32nm SOI...
  • Qualcomm 1.2GHz dual core ARM demonstrated

    01/14/2011 2:00:32 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 14 January 2011 09:51 | Fuad Abazovic
    Big GHz fight in 2011 Qualcomm has decided to show its dual Scorpion based MSM8x60 mobile CPU and it also told the world that this CPU can hit 1.2GHz, per core that is. The chip has an Adreno 220 GPU that we know little about and of course its a 45nm chip since 28nm should be only ready in the latter part of 2011. The chip should be able to do high definition stereoscopic 3D video, and multi-party video conferencing as well as some nice gaming. It is intended for tablets and phones and you can bet that you will...
  • TI OMAP 4440 1.5GHz in 2H 2011

    01/14/2011 1:52:40 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Friday, 14 January 2011 10:08 | Fuad Abazovic
    Heating up clock wars Whether you like it or not, the ARM revolution is happening today and these small chips are starting to matter to the world just as much as Intel and AMD chips do. They will get to many tablets and mobile phones in 2011 and onward and most of the 2011 models are dual-core. We just mentioned the 1.5GHz OMAP 4440 chip yesterday and we got confirmation from a source close to Texas Instruments that this fancy fast chip can ship in the second half of 2011. Texas (non-chainsaw) chaps do believe that that have a good...
  • AMD’s lack of vision extends beyond CEO’s office ( Apple's Tablet impacting )

    01/13/2011 12:56:31 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Jan. 13, 2011, 12:01 a.m. EST | Therese Poletti, MarketWatch
    Commentary: Board just as culpable for chip maker’s current fateSAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) — Advanced Micro Devices Inc.’s board of directors may have booted CEO Dirk Meyer over a lack of strategic vision for the mobile market, but the chip maker’s problems are not going to be solved by a little house cleaning in the top suite. In fact, the board is just as responsible for signing off on decisions that distracted the company and perhaps factored into why AMD missed out on major growth areas. Earlier this week, AMD stunned both Wall Street and Silicon Valley with the news that...
  • We’ve Been Bamboozled! Process Delays Hit GPUs ( Why is it so hard?)

    12/10/2010 10:39:58 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    PC Perspective ^ | Dec 03, 2010 | Josh Walrath
    EDITORIAL Don't get too enamoured with your fancy, long term plans... Process technology is the best friend, and worst enemy of the graphics world.  Throughout the years we have seen improvements in process tech create new opportunities within the 3D graphics industry, and at the same time we have seen it be the downfall of certain products and cycles.  Today we see that in full effect, and for a variety of causes. Looking back through the years we have seen some great advances, and some huge stumbles.  Consider NVIDIA and their flawed GeForce FX design on a “not quite ready...
  • Intel confirms special accelerators in Sandy Bridge

    12/09/2010 1:47:50 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    CNet ^ | Monday, November 29, 2010 | Brooke Crothers
    The Sandy Bridge processor--to be announced January 5--will pack media acceleration circuitry, Stephen L. Smith, vice president and director of PC Client operations and enabling at Intel... Sandy Bridge will support DirectX 10.1 and OpenCL 1.1--the latter used on Apple's Mac operating systems... Certain graphics chips from Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia already support DirectX 11... Smith also reiterated that Intel is on track to deliver the 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge silicon--the follow-on to Sandy Bridge--by the end of 2011... also repeated that Intel has invested "six to eight billion dollars to equip up to four factories for 22-nanometer production." ...A...
  • Apple to rely on Intel's Sandy Bridge graphics in future MacBooks, AMD GPUs in MacBook Pros?

    12/09/2010 8:29:38 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 17 replies
    engadget ^ | 12/9/10 | Vlad Slavov
    Apple will use Intel's Sandy Bridge CPUs in its future laptops, no surprises there, but what's interesting about these forthcoming machines is that some of them might rely solely on Intel's chip for both general and graphical processing tasks. That's the word from the usual "sources familiar with Apple's plans," who expect "MacBook models with screen sizes of 13 inches and below" to eschew the inclusion of a discrete GPU and ride their luck on the improved graphical performance of Intel's upcoming do-it-all chip. There are currently no sub-13.3-inch MacBooks, so the suggestion of one is surely intriguing, but the...
  • Plan for an Arab Silicon Valley Sparks Fears of CPU Shortages and Security Risks

    10/21/2010 7:11:37 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 21, 2010 | John R. Quain
    A chip company's plan to open a manufacturing plant in Abu Dhabi has experts worried about the supply of essential computer processors. Should a war or even a serious political disagreement arise, they say, a foreign power could stop or corrupt the flow of computer chips from its plants to the U.S. Intel Corp. announced on Tuesday plans to spend up to $8 billion on state-of-the-art plants in Oregon and Arizona, meaning most of its central processing units (CPUs) -- the brains behind every computer -- would continue to be manufactured in the U.S. The company's CEO, Paul Otellini, said...
  • AMD Unveils Speedier CPU Lineup, Bumps Older Models Down in Price

    09/21/2010 7:46:26 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | September 21, 2010 12:17 AM | Jason Mick (Blog) -
    Chipmaker delivers a 100 MHz bump to almost all of its lineup, its third refresh of the year for some models Today Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., the world's second largest microprocessor maker, unveiled six new CPUs to hold off Intel while it prepares its next-generation architecture. First, let's get a quick primer on AMD's CPU brand strategy, which can be a bit confusing.  AMD makes two major lines of CPUs -- a high end line dubbed Phenom II, and a budget lined dubbed Athlon II.  Athlon IIs lack L3 cache and typically feature slightly lower clock speeds.  Also, only Phenom...
  • NVIDIA VP Declares Moore's Law Dead, GPUs Are Computing's Only Hope

    05/06/2010 8:59:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies · 561+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | May 3, 2010 10:33 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    In NVIDIA's eye the parallelism of the GPU is the only future for computingNVIDIA has struggled this time around in the GPU war.  Its first DirectX 11 products were delivered a full seven months after AMD's.  While its new units are at last trickling onto the market and are very powerful, they're also hot, loud, and power hogs.  However, NVIDIA is staking much on the prediction that the computer industry will be ditching traditional architectures and moving towards parallel designs; a movement which it sees its CUDA GPU computing as an ideal solution for. Intel and NVIDIA have long traded jabs, and Intel's recent failed...
  • CPU Round-up: $100 - $200 Intel and AMD Processors Tested

    04/19/2010 9:07:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 96 replies · 1,251+ views
    Techspot ^ | April 19, 2010 | Steven Walton
    Building your own computer can be very time consuming and rewarding at the same time. While piecing the new hardware together is usually a relatively easy task, picking out the right components in the first place is what can make it more troublesome (that's where our PC buying guide comes in handy - but please, read on). The first component that must be decided upon before any build takes place is the processor, as this will dictate which motherboard can be used and often the memory type. As one of the more expensive components you must choose wisely, so think...