Waterloo expansion could take advantage of BlackBerry layoffs
Motorola will be opening a new office in Waterloo, Ontario, the effective home of competitor BlackBerry. The new engineering hub will be expanding on the existing Google Kitchener-Waterloo office occupied by approximately 200 staff, and will apparently be just a ten-minute drive from the doors of BlackBerry's main headquarters.
Data lost three months ago, commission announcement today
A pair of USB drives containing personal information on voters living in the Waterloo region of Southern Ontario were lost three months ago, according to general elections oversight group Elections Ontario. Greg Essensa, Elections Ontario's chief electoral officer, said that "I did not want to make an irresponsible public notification or worry Ontarians needlessly" in regards to the 2.4-million-person breach of personal data.
Roadmap reveals Llano to be replaced with Trinity
Leaked AMD mobile platform roadmaps from German forum board 3D Center reveal that the Llano chip replacement, Trinity, is due to begin shipping in the winter of 2012, among other tidbits. There will be four specific models of the chip offered, though no specifics are available yet. A Bulldozer-based Piledriver core will be the basis, which will also underpin the company's upcoming AMD FX-series of processors.
MSI WindPad 110W and 100A due at CeBIT
MSI plans to escalate its tablet ambitions at the CeBIT tech show next week, sources said Thursday. The company would improve on its WindPad tablets with the 110W, an upgraded Windows 7 slate that will switch from an old Intel Atom to AMD's new Fusion-based, dual-core 1GHz C-50 chip. The update seen by Digitimes would finally give it full DirectX 11-class graphics, Aero Glass in the Windows interface and better support for HD video.
Brazos platform to be announced at CES
AMD plans to begin internal testing of a new, next-generation Deccan platform for netbooks and tablets in the first quarter of 2011, industry sources claimed on Wednesday. A sequel to AMD's first Fusion platform, Brazos, Deccan uses AMD's Krishna Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), which combines graphics directly within the core processor, and the Yuba chipset, according to Digitimes. Brazos has a similar setup using the matching Ontario processor and Hudson chipset.
Acer to bring out 10-inch Aspire One 522
An upcoming notebook from Acer was leaked this week. Called the Aspire One 522, it sports AMD's dual-core C-50 Ontario chip from the Fusion family and shares the chassis first seen on the Aspire One AOD255. The only visual differences are the textured touchpad buttons and the new color.
AMD shows Bobcat APU chips, says faster than Atom
At a recent event to which it invited HardOCP, AMD has revealed more specs on its upcoming Brazos architecture chips, including the Bobcat. The chips are further divided into Ontario and Zacate codenames, both of which are ultra low power units meant for notebooks and desktops priced at under $500. The chips are from the Fusion family, meaning they have both a CPU and a GPU on the same die.
AMD Zacate chip debuts at IFA
AMD in the wrap-up of the IFA show detailed a new processor based on its Fusion hybrid CPU and graphics combos that would be targeted at a larger class of system than the netbook-oriented Ontario. Zacate will consume twice as much energy at 18W, likely due to a higher clock speed, but will be fast enough to drive ultraportable and budget notebooks as well as all-in-one and small desktops. It will have twin cores based on the Bobcat architecture and should be paired with graphics in the chip that can support DirectX 11 (OpenGL 4) 3D effects, hardware 1080p decoding and OpenCL.
AMD Bulldozer to match Sandy Bridge
AMD at the Hot Chips conference today provided insight into the details of its Bulldozer and Bobcat processor platforms. Bulldozer is aimed at performance users and focuses on a new design with distinct but very modular processor cores. As the cores are separate from shared resources, adding more cores takes up relatively little space and allows scalability; AMD promises that the first server-class Opterons using Bulldozer will have 16 cores.
AMD raises suspicions by moving Ontario chips up
AMD during the call discussing its latest results revealed that the company's Ontario ultraportable chip will arrive early. The processor had originally been slated for the first half of 2011 but is now due to arrive in the fall, "ahead of schedule," according to CEO Dirk Meyer. What prompted the accelerated launch wasn't mentioned.
AMD Fusion CPU, GPU hybrid shown at Computex
AMD for the first time demonstrated its Fusion hybrid processor at Computex on Wednesday. The Fusion processor combines high-performance serial computing and parallel graphics processing cores onto a single die. This includes an x86 CPU, DirectX 11 graphics, a video processor and other components. Senior VP and GM of AMD Products Group Rick Bergman said there would be two versions of the Fusion, with the Llano meant for mainstream notebooks and desktops and the low-power Ontario for smaller notebooks, netbooks and other devices.