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.
15.6-inch GX60 starts at $1,300, brings Windows 8, quad-core AMD CPU
MSI has shown off its latest gaming notebook, the Windows 8-powered, 15.6-inch GX60. It gets an AMD quad-core A10-series processor rated at 2.3GHz but that can operate at up to 3.2GHz and paired with AMD's Radeon HD 7970M GPU with 2GB of dedicated RAM. The 8GB of RAM can be upgraded to 16GB.
Velocity Micro introduces customizable Vector Holiday Edition PC
Custom PC maker Velocity Micro just introduced its latest desktop, the Vector Holiday Edition. Named so because of its release in time for the Christmas holidays, the PC's pricing starts at $599. It uses an aluminum chassis, 3.6GHz AMD A6-5400K dual-core processor, and 8GB of RAM.
New processors up to 24-percent more efficient than predecessor
AMD has launched its new line of Opteron processors for servers. The Opteron 6300 Series have a claimed performance up to 24-percent higher than the Opteron 6200 processors that it replaces, and by using AMD's new Piledriver core, aims to lower the consumption of power, leading to cooler and cheaper servers.
GPU-based supercomputer to help biological, physical modelling
The world's fastest open-science supercomputer has finished its NVIDIA Kepler-based upgrade. The newly-rebranded Titan at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee now contains 18,688 Tesla K20 GPU accelerators that helps it achieve a peak performance of more than 20 petaflops.
Chip manufacturers joined by Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, RSA
Unlikely allies AMD and Intel have been joined by Honeywell, Lockheed Martin, and RSA to form the Cyber Security Research Alliance, a private, non-profit research consortium. The tech giant think tank has been formed to address the growing need for collaborative efforts to address complex problems in cyber security. Priority research areas for the organization will include data and information sharing, control system security, and threat mitigation.
AMD scores win with low power Z-60 dual-core APU in Fujitsu tab
adopting its new low-power Z-60 ‘Hondo’ APU for its Stylistic Q572 Windows 8 tablet. With ARM processors currently dominating the current mobile device space, both AMD and Intel are fighting to make competive x86 mobile chips that will find their way into new Windows 8 tablet devices. AMDs Z-60 APU’s are competing head-to-head with Intel’s ‘Medfield’ Atom processors for a foothold in light-weight iterations of full Windows 8 tablets.
Move expected to stem the tide of red ink from economy, tablets
As previously rumored, AMD has said that it is planning on cutting its workforce by 15 percent in an attempt to pare operating expenses. The current round of layoffs are the second in less than a year as the industry purchasing trends shifts away from computers and towards tablets. The chip manufacturer expects the restructuring and site consolidation will result in a savings of $190 million next year.
Dismal quarterly results likely to blame; no rapid recovery expected
According to sources familiar with the matter, chip manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) plans to cut as many as 2,340 jobs. The firings are expected to be announced as soon as next week, and are reported to come from employees in the engineering and sales departments of the chip designer.
Mergard a highly-regarded system-on-chip designer
Former AMD chief engineer and US-based Samsung chip designer Jim Mergard is leaving the company to work for Apple, where his expertise on desktop system processors and SoC (systems on a chip) will make him a formidable asset in yet another front in the competition between tech companies: original chip design. Both Apple and Samsung rely increasingly on their own in-house designed chips, though both use technology from ARM as a foundation for their work, which is largely used in mobile devices.
Seifert leaves after three years of service, pursuing CEO opportunity
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) reports that ex-CEO and Chief Financial Officer Thomas Seifert is leaving the beleaguered company to pursue other opportunities. The announcement drove the share price down 12 percent in above-average trading volume of the stock. Seifert is departing to locate a permanent CEO position elsewhere according to sources familiar with the matter.
New thin and light laptops sport Ivy Bridge, A8 processors
Earlier this week, Lenovo unveiled new entries in its S Series line of laptops, the IdeaPad S300, S400, and S405. The new laptops each measure less than an inch thick and weigh less than four four pounds. The S Series entries bear a metallic finish and contain either Ivy Bridge processors from Intel or AMD A-Series processors. The new models come with up to a 14-inch HD widescreen display, HDMI output, stereo speakers, and Dolby Advanced Audio v2 certification.
Digital Storm X17E will offer a choice of GTX 680M or Radeon 7970M GPUs
Digital Storm, maker of gaming-oriented desktops and notebooks, has just unveiled what it's calling the fastest gaming notebook. The X17E sports a 17-inch, 1080p display and will get either NVIDIA's GTX 680M or AMD's Radeon 7970M GPUs. The available Intel Core i7 3920XM can be overclocked to 4.5GHz.
Bulldozer update refines multiprocessing, streamlines floating point
Tuesday at the Hot Chips Symposium, AMD's Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster unveiled AMD's upcoming CPU core. The new core, called Steamroller, is the third generation of the chip manufacturer's Bulldozer architecture and uses a 28nm manufacturing process. Steamroller is the first major refresh of the architecture of the CPU, and according to the presentation increases performance by 15 percent with equivalent power and clock speed.
Many AMD processors given price cuts simultaneously
AMD is deploying a new addition to the FX-series of processor for desktops. Furthermore, the processor manufacturer has lowered prices on 13 processors. The new FX-4130 is a quad-core offering, with a base speed of 3.8Ghz and a "turbo" speed of 3.9Ghz with a 125W thermal design power.
T624, T628, T678 expected in devices in September 2013
Processor developer ARM has released three new designs for its second-generation graphics chip for use in tablets, smartphones, and televisions. The Mali T624, T628, and T678 have been added to the T600 line, and all include Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC), a newly-develioed method of optimizing GPU performance by using texture compression.
Needs to play catch-up against ARM, Intel low-power chips
Jim Keller, a veteran chip designer who started with Digital Equipment Corporation's Alpha processor before eventually starting P.A. Semi and subsequently joining Apple, has left the company to join Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Keller will help lead the company in an effort to develop lower-power but more-efficient processors based on the ARM design, similar to the work he did with P.A. Semi and Apple. AMD recently noted it was now licensing ARM's processor designs.
Chip maker sees lower sales as mobile surges
Advanced Micro Devices sees the PC industry entering a rough sector, with no likely recovery in the immediate future. During the conference call for the company's second quarter earnings, AMD CEO Rory Read said that the industry may be resetting to a new and lower baseline with regard to sales. Read attributed the decline to the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, which are eating up the computing space typically occupied by notebooks and desktops.
Apple keeps $74 billion overseas
According to an analyst at Moody's Investor Services, Apple is at the top of the list of tech companies stashing money overseas. Barrons reported today that Moody's estimates Apple's overseas cash hoard at $74 billion, up from $64 billion last year.
Low-cost notebook includes hotkeys for Facebook, YouTube
Packard Bell has expanded its budget range of notebooks. The EasyNote TE, promoted as a "value-proposition" for students and social network users, is powered by an AMD 1.4GHz E1-1200 processor, with a 15.6-inch 1366x768 display and Radeon HD 7310 graphics.