New chips have no GPU, boast low price and light thermal load
Chip manufacturer AMD has launched a trio of new eight-core FX processors, based on the older Piledriver architecture. Released today are the FX-8370 and FX-8370E which peak at 4.3GHz, as well as the 4GHz FX-8320E. All three chips buck industry trends and don't have an onboard graphical processing unit.
Card sports the Tonga Pro GPU, set as a replacement for R9 280 at $249
During the AMD "30 Years of Gaming and Graphics" event that was streamed on Twitch yesterday, the company announced a new graphics card coming this fall. AMD announced that it would be releasing a replacement for the R9 280 with the Tonga Pro-based R9 285. The company positions the new card as a mid-level offering for $249.
New SSD line starts AMD's 'one stop shop' for enthusiasts
AMD today announced its previously-rumored technology partnership with Toshiba-owned OCZ Storage Solutions for AMD Radeon-branded Solid State Drives (SSDs). Launching the range is the AMD Radeon R7 Series SSDs in 120GB, 240GB and 480GB capacities.
New FirePro cards support 4K displays, use Graphics Core Next architecture
AMD has taken to Siggraph 2014 to launch new cards in its FirePro graphics card collection for professional use. A total of four graphics cards have joined the range, going from more basic offerings to high-performance variants, with the FirePro W2100, W4100, W5100, and W7100 all supporting 4K displays, with the group also using AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
Specifications, technical details released for 'Seattle' ARM Cortex-A57 SoC
Today at Hot Chips in Cupertino, California, AMD announced some new details about its Opteron A1100 "Seattle" system on chip (SoC) for servers. The "Seattle" SoC, which is to be AMD's first ARM entry over the next three years, packs a lot of processing power into a 28nm chip with a total of up to eight ARM Cortex-A57 64-bit cores.
Line ranges from 12-core A10-7800 to six-core A6-7400K
AMD today introduced the new "Kaveri" A10-7800 processor to the market for system builders. This fourth-generation A-Series APU, with four CPU cores and eight GPU processors, implements AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, and includes AMD Radeon R7 Series graphics to enhance performance across applications. Also released today are the six-core (two CPU and four GPU) A6-7400K, and the A8-7600 with 10 cores (four CPU and six GPU).
Company expects recovery by the end of the fiscal year
Chip manufacturer AMD today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2014. The company posted revenue of $1.44 billion, with operating income of $63 million. However, as expected, the company still posted a net loss of $36 million, or $0.05 per share. The company remains affected by the soft computing market, but is expected to have profitability by the end of the fiscal year.
Future processors to give laptops days-long battery life
Ahead of a speech in China, AMD executives have laid out a decades-long plan to increase mainstream processors' power efficiency 25-fold, making laptops have several days of battery life. Simultaneously, the company is aiming to catch up with Intel, and boost performance, while delivering the energy efficiency that the company sees as possible.
Second-highest European court sides with EC over Intel anti-competitive behavior fine
Intel must pay a 1.06 billion euro ($1.44 billion) fine handed to it by the European Union five years ago, the second-highest court in Europe has ordered. Judges based at the General Court in Luxembourg stood by the fine, issued by the European Commission in 2009 over anti-competitive behavior designed to squeeze AMD out of the processor market.
Our imagined future is getting closer everyday with VR and 3D audio
Electronista has had the opportunity to go hands-on with the Oculus Rift VR headset, courtesy of AMD in order to the capabilities of AMD's new TrueAudio digital signal processing that comes built-in on some of its newest GPU and APU cores. What is particularly special about the demo we experienced with AMD at Computex Taipei is they way it has worked with partner GenAudio AstoundSound, using its 3D sound localization cue technology, to make the Oculus Rift experience even more incredible and immersive. We have also embedded a video below to give you a sense of this amazing technology works.
New processors ready to drive wide range of devices with low power requirements
At the second day of Taipei's Computex, AMD introduced its new 2014 Performance Mobile APUs designed for ultrathin and high-performance mobile PCs. The new "Kaveri" release uses the features of the AMD A-Series APU to power notebooks for both personal and professional use. The new APUs mark the debut of Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture for mobile devices. Also released is the AMD Pro line, designed with business-class performance in mind.
Use of Gameworks tools said to put AMD at a disadvantage, Nvidia refutes claim
With the release of Watch Dogs on PC this week, a number of complaints have arisen over the state of the game when played on AMD hardware. In a pair of articles from Jason Evangelho of Forbes, AMD brings to light some of the underlining problems caused by companies like Ubisoft using Nvidia's Gameworks tools during development. Nvidia dismissed the claims, trying to poke holes in AMD's statements of blocking them out of driver optimization.
Cryptocurrency inflation prices for Radeon cards die down, slight price drop in March model
AMD announced this week that supply of the R9 series Radeon cards has finally caught up to demand. The catch-up means that inflated prices will lower to match the original list prices, set by the company after cards were gobbled up to aid in cryptocurrency mining. One model of card, however -- the R9 280 -- will see a slight decrease in price, even though it was only released in March.
Small format gaming computers offer desktop performance for under $900
Cyberpower, the gaming-focused PC manufacturer, has announced the release of two small format PCs based on Intel and AMD cores. The Fang Mini systems offer full desktop gaming performance at a fraction of the size, with prices starting at $800.
AMD details Project Skybridge ambidextrous architecture in processor roadmap
AMD will begin developing its own custom ARM cores, alongside upcoming ARM-based chips such as the Opteron A-Series "Seattle," the company has announced in an investor webcast. The processor maker has signed a licensing agreement with ARM to create its own custom 64-bit ARMv8 CPU core, codenamed K12, as part of the company's move into an "ambidextrous architecture" strategy, which it calls Project Skybridge.
AMD starts private beta of Mantle SDK, launches resources portal
AMD has opened up a software development kit for its Mantle graphics API in a private beta. Mantle, which allows programs to call directly to AMD GPUs and APUs without passing instructions through the CPU beforehand, lowering the need for a powerful processor and bringing PC gaming in line with consoles and their reliance on AMD graphics. AMD has also set up a protected development portal for the API, providing restricted access to various Mantle resources.
$200 million payment to Global Foundries blocked quarterly profit
Beating analysts projections, AMD today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2014 of $1.40 billion, operating income of $49 million and net loss of $20 million, or $0.03 per share. Had the company not made its last $200 million cash payment to Global Foundries, it would have greatly exceeded its projections for the quarter. For the second quarter of 2014, the graphics and chip maker expects revenue to increase three percent, plus or minus three percent, sequentially.
AMD FirePro D-Series power the Mac Pro to new performance highs
One of the many exciting new features of the Mac Pro (late 2013) is Apple's choice to opt for dual AMD FirePro workstation GPUs as standard fitment, which certainly caught the eye of many observers. The previous generation Mac Pros included the option to fit dual CPUs, but as you can tell from the radical external redesign of the Mac Pro that Apple has fundamentally rethought its approach to the Mac workstation. Apple has chosen to adopt a dual-GPU configuration as standard fitment to leverage the massive processing power in GPU architecture. The biggest performance gains in certain professional applications come through harnessing the processing power in GPUs, rather than the CPU. To this extent, Apple has worked closely with AMD to develop three custom GPU solutions for the Mac Pro, to help Mac users tap into the power of AMD's Graphics Core Next (GCN) microarchitecture for parallel processing using the OpenCL framework.
AT&T cuts wireless data charges for individual customers without contact
AT&T has announced wireless data price cuts to individual customers that do not have annual service contracts. Done in an attempt to rival its competitor, T-Mobile, customers having one smartphone with no annual service contract will now pay $65 per month instead of $80 for a plan that features 2GB LTE wireless data, unlimited talk and text messaging, unlimited international messaging and 50GB of cloud storage. Those who have two smartphones will now pay $90 per month.
Mantle API to put developers in closer communication with GPU
After a short delay due to packing issues with the installer, the newest 14.1 beta version of the Catalyst drivers for AMD video cards has gone live this weekend. While most driver releases come and go without much fanfare, this specific driver release is important, as it features the first time consumers can get their hands on the highly-anticipated Mantle API.
AMD-powered gaming in a small box
Gigabyte launched its latest in the Brix series of ultra-compact PCs this week, the Brix Gaming. Taking the small-form PC to gaming, the Brix Gaming packs AMD technology to power its small box. With a footprint of only 59.6mm x 128mm x 115.4mm (2.35in x 5.04in x 4.54in), the small form factor is jumping to the market when the idea of the Steam machine is still fresh on the mind from this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
New processors designed for virtualization, heavy processor loads
AMD today announced the immediate availability of its new 12- and 16-core AMD Opteron 6300 Series server processors, code named "Warsaw." Designed for enterprise workloads with a heavy emphasis on virtualization, the new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors feature the "Piledriver" core and are fully socket- and software-compatible with the existing AMD Opteron 6300 Series.
Company expects FY2014 to be profitable despite flat revenue
AMD today announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $1.59 billion, operating income of $135 million and net income of $89 million, or $0.12 per share. For the year ended December 28, 2013, AMD reported revenue of $5.3 billion, operating income of $103 million and a net loss of $83 million, or $0.11 per share.
HSA architecture combines CPU, GPU, allows task switching between core types
AMD has launched its 2014 A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APU) range, one which combines the CPU and GPU cores into a single Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA). The A-Series desktop and notebook chip, codenamed Kaveri, pairs up to four CPU cores and up to eight GPU cores, with HSA helping the chip gain a considerable speed boost.
AMD gains market share on back of PS4, Xbox One product ramps
AMD has seen its market share of the x86 chip market rise at the expense Intel largely thanks to the product ramps of the forthcoming Sony PS4 and the Xbox One. Highlighting that its strategy of shifting into non-PC x86 is reaping dividends, AMDs market share in Q3 rose from 16.1 percent to 19.3 percent. By comparison, Intel's x86 market share slipped from 83.3 percent in the same quarter last year to 80.2 percent, while the overall x86 market also declined.
Developer improvements use advances in Heterogeneous System Architecture
AMD today announced it is enabling its accelerated processing units (APU) for next-generation servers through advancements in software tools developed by AMD and in collaboration with technology partners and the open source community. In his keynote address at APU13, AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers highlighted the progress AMD has made in both developing software internally and assisting other developers to take advantage of the capabilities of AMD APU technology, which combines the AMD Radeon graphics processing engines with x86 computational processing on a single chip.
Dual-width AMD graphics card offers speed, affordability
AMD has officially detailed the high-end cards in its new GPU lineup, as it continues to compete against offerings from Nvidia. Following on from its launches at the start of last month, the R9 290 and 290x are said to be heading to retail soon, with both greatly exceeding the performance of the previous leader, the R9 280x.
Boost comes from GPU sector, includes some next gen console payments
AMD today announced revenue for the third quarter of 2013 of $1.46 billion, operating income of $95 million and net income of $48 million, or $0.06 per share. The income greatly exceeded Wall Street's estimates for the company, which generally came in at $0.02 per share. The quarter marks the company's return to profitability after a series of unexpectedly bad results.
Forum threads indicate unaddressed flaw in some AMD cards or Apple graphics software
Detective work and anecdotal evidence by users in an Apple Support Communities thread about problems with discrete graphics cards in some MacBook Pros has narrowed down a range of possible flawed cards (or flawed switching software controlling the cards' use) in machines from early 2011 that use Apple's automatic switching between an integrated graphics chipset and a built-in discrete AMD card. Owners with the AMD Radeon 6750M GPU seem to be the most affected, but other Radeon cards are involved as well.
New line of cards range from entry level to enthusiast lines
Two weeks after the line's initial introduction, AMD has further detailed its upcoming GPU line. Five cards will be available at launch, ranging from the entry-level single-width R7 240 card, the double-wide R7 250 and R7 260X to the more gaming-oriented R9 270X and R9 280X. The latter two cards have also been given concrete specifications by the GPU manufacturer, and will sell for up to $300.
New line of cards features some models with audio processing on-card
AMD today unveiled the AMD Radeon R9 290X, R9 290, R9 280X, R9 270X, R7 260X and R7 250 graphics cards. AMD also introduced Mantle and AMD TrueAudio technology, the latest innovations that provide both gamers and game developers with audio and performance enhancements for compatible games, as well as a more streamlined cross-platform development path.
AMD Radeon HD 6970M video cards said to run exceptionally hot, fail early
Users who have a 27-inch "Mid 2011" iMac, which was sold between May of 2011 and October of 2012, may have a failure-prone video card that might need replacing, Apple has revealed. The company has started an official program to replace cards that have failed or are failing on iMacs up to three years after the initial purchase, even if the customer's original warranty has expired. Only select models of the 27-inch iMac with the AMD Radeon HD 6970M cards are affected, and customers who have already paid for repairs can be compensated.
AMD financial plummet slows, profitability return expected this year
Chip and graphic card maker AMD today announced revenue for the second quarter of 2013 of $1.16 billion, an increase of seven percent from last quarter but a drop of 18 percent year-over-year. Additionally, an operating loss was noted of $29 million with a net loss of $74 million, or $0.10 per share. While still a loss, the results are less dramatically bad than expected by analysts and Wall Street, and the company is expected to return to profitability by the end of this calendar year.
ARM server chip from AMD first step toward versions for tablets, phones
AMD will be taking its first steps in producing ARM-based processors, according to a new roadmap. The chip manufacturer will be creating "Seattle" processors for the server market which will use ARM Cortex-A57 cores, which could eventually lead to AMD creating ARM processors destined for tablets in the distant future.
Eight-core processors supplied unlocked, use AMD Turbo Core 3.0
AMD has unveiled what it calls the world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU processor at the E3 gaming show. The FX-9590, an eight-core chip using the 'Piledriver' architecture that reaches 5GHz in turbo mode, is accompanied by the FX-9370, which also has eight cores and the same architecture, but is clocked at the slightly slower speed of 4.7GHz.
Black cannister shape, 12-core configuration, Thunderbolt 2, more
[Updated with real-world photo of the Mac Pro] Apple on Monday gave developers and the public a "sneak preview" of the next Mac Pro coming later this year -- a radical new "cannister" form factor in black that is 1/8th (by volume) the size of the previous model. It features a 12-core configuration based on all-new (E5) Intel Xeon processors, dual AMD-provided FirePro workstation graphics, new PCIe flash storage, new faster RAM, PCI Express gen 3 support, the ability to use up to three 4K-quality displays, and external outputs dominated by Thunderbolt 2.
Apple said to have deliberately targeted AMD staff for hiring
The former AMD people Apple has hired for its Orlando Design Center were actively targeted for recruitment, and primarily through their LinkedIn profiles, MacRumors sources say. Apple reportedly discovered that many of AMD's 3D graphics patents were issued from Orlando offices, and hence concentrated hiring efforts on the city. AMD has posted job listings hoping to fill the recent vacancies.
New processors deliver low TDP, increased graphical performance
AMD has provided solid details on its new processor lines for the future. The "Temash" APU chipset for "performance tablets" has been detailed, alongside mainstream computing line "Kabini" and elite performance level "Richland" processors, boasting up to 71 percent better graphics performance than the Intel Core i5, according to the manufacturer.
New processors give up to 10 percent speed increase over predecessors
AMD has deployed a pair of new processors to the component channel. The new AMD FX 4350 and 6350 chips have been added to the line. Both processors are fully AM3+ compatible, fit in a 900-series motherboard and bring up to 10 percent more performance than the processors they replace.
New 8.2 teraflop GPU supports six displays, SLI
Origin PC has announced the launch of the new AMD Radeon HD 7990 dual GPU graphics card for its line of enthusiast hardware. Powered by AMD’s Graphics Core Next Architecture, the AMD Radeon HD 7990 features an astounding 8.6 billion transistors, 4,096 stream processors, 6GB DDR5 memory and up to 8.2 teraflops of computing power.
Jaguar based CPU paired with Radeon 8000-series GPU
AMD today announced at the Design West tradeshow the new Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip (SOC) platform, a single-chip solution based on the AMD next-generation "Jaguar" CPU architecture and AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics. The new AMD Embedded G-Series SOC platform points to AMD's future focus on high-growth markets outside the PC industry, with an emphasis on embedded systems.
Second major AMD pull from Apple
AMD is hiring another former Apple chip designer, sources tell CNET. Raja Koduri was most recently Apple's director of graphics architecture, and will actually be returning to AMD, having once spent four years with them. He's expected to continue focusing on graphics technology, although what his new AMD job title will be is unknown. The hiring should be formally announced next week.
Company may return to profitability by end of year
AMD today announced revenue for the first quarter of 2013 of $1.09 billion, and posted an operating loss of $98 million, with a net loss of $146 million. Per share earnings came in at minus $0.19 per share. The losses posted by AMD are the lowest that it has seen in a year.
Move generates $164 million for company
Chipmaker AMD revealed on Tuesday that is selling and leasing back the Austin, TX campus to generate a quick $164 million in cash to prop up the company. The company expected in November that it would be able to sell the 58-acre site for between $150 and $200 million. AMD has done this twice before -- selling a Sunnyvale, CA site, as well as another site near Toronto, Ontario.
Results beat estimates in continued struggle with shifting model
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) today announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 at $1.16 billion, an operating loss of $422 million, and a net loss of $473 million, or $0.63 per share. For fiscal year 2012, AMD reported revenue of $5.42 billion, an operating loss of $1.06 billion and a net loss of $1.18 billion, or $1.60 per share.
Over 100,000 documents purloined, contain confidential trade info
Chip manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is suing one former vice president and three ex-managers originally from its Boxborough plant, who left the company and all took positions at Nvidia in 2012. The suit claims that the four employees copied more than 100,000 confidential documents and trade secrets and provided them to Nvidia. AMD is demanding the return of the files, which the company believes cover future AMD releases and contracts with customers.
AMD targets premium market
AMD is currently showing off its 2013 products at CES, where the company announced a partnership with Vizio. The latter company has integrated the latest A10 APU in its 24-inch all-in-one, which we had a chance to try out before it arrives on the market later this year.
Chips aimed at portable devices
AMD reiterated details surrounding its 2013 APU lineup at CES, where Electronista sat down with company executives to learn more about the company's strategy and try out several devices that integrate the latest chips. The system-on-a-chip (SOC) families include Temash, geared for tablets; Kabini, optimized for ultrathin notebooks; Richland, built to optimize performance and battery life; and Kaveri, the top performer with Steamroller CPU cores.
Transaction should generate over $100 million for manufacturer
In an effort to prop up its finances, chip manufacturer AMD is planning to sell and lease-back its Texas campus. AMD expects to be able to sell the 58-acre site for between $150 and $200 million. The move mirrors similar tactics used to generate cash from both the Sunnyvale, California headquarters, and a building near Toronto.
Possible sale of patents or company being examined
Chip designer and manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices has brought JPMorgan Chase & Company in to evaluate future fiduciary options, including a possible sale, according to sources familiar with the situation. Sources told Reuters that a sale of the company is on the table, but not a priority, and other possibilities include a sale of its lucrative patent portfolio.