AMD, Breaking, Entertainment, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia

Leslie Pirritano Joins AMD, Builds a Furyosa Gaming PC

If you are in the game development community, one of best kept secrets in the industry is Leslie Pirritano. A person whose interests include priesthood (she did marry two of my friends) is not exactly who you would expect handling game developers. Then again, people like her were the ones that enabled the gaming industry as we know it today, crossing the (corporate) boundaries in order to create best possible experiences. Leslie worked on orchestrating one of best Back to School campaigns for Apple Computer in the post-and-pre Jobs era, and then switched to a new cool kid on the block, Nvidia Corporation, where she spent 13 years working

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Amazon, AMD, Breaking, Cloud Computing, Dell, Enterprise, Intel, News, press releases, Software Programs

SPEC Benchmark Puts Cloud Computing to a Test

Many Cloud providers claim their service is the best for your cloud computing needs. IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is a hotbed of computing for the better part of last decade, and we’re seeing the revenue and profit numbers delivered by Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others. The rise of IaaS is also one of key reasons why Dell went on a bend in order to acquire EMC, and many others. Measuring the performance of infrastructure is a critical task, and this is where SPEC, an industry consortium comes along. Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation i.e. SPEC creates benchmarks based on real-world workloads, from professional / commercial graphics in

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AMD is Finally Fabless, Dead Certain to Secure a Profit in Q2 2016

When Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced its first quarter 2016 results, the company executives stated that they’re on track towards return to profitability in the second quarter of this year. In Q1 2016, the company suffered a $109 million loss on $832 million revenue, during a silent quarter stifled with the lack of orders (post-holiday blues in the West meets Lunar New Year two-week slowdown). The announcement of the Chinese Joint-Venture which might lead to AMD enterprise x86 processors becoming a standard feature in Chinese government institutions is going to earn company much more than the $293 million licensing fee, as AMD now has access to a plethora of R&D grants

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AMD, Asia Pacific (APAC), Breaking, Business, News, Nvidia, startups, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Vive X: Meet the $100 Million VR Accelerator

Even though it ‘still makes phones’, HTC is in the process of reinventing themselves. The company was the first of major technology companies to replace “Mobile First” with the “VR First” corporate approach, putting themselves in an advantageous position while the giants such as Samsung are slow to change their path, which we covered exclusively here. High Tech Computer Corporation, which is the full name of the company started its life as a computer manufacturer (HTC 1.0), quickly moving to the world of Windows Mobile PDA’s (anyone remembers Personal Digital Assistant craze of early 2000s?) and manufacturing brilliantly designed smartphones (HTC 2.0). HTC 3.0 is all about Virtual Reality, and the

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AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

REVIEW: AMD Radeon Pro Duo Launch

After a 10 month journey, the Capsaicin board is (finally) among us. The birth of Radeon Pro Duo was a long one, and we detailed the journey from a product that was supposed to come to market as an R9 Fury X2 to one that AMD launched at the Capsaicin event on the first day of Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA. In a way, this is one of first product launches created by the Radeon Technologies Group. Following up on the excellent Wraith heatsink, Radeon Pro Duo shows AMD / RTG will leave no stone unturned to revamp their product line-up and offer more to their customers.

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AMD, Breaking, Business, CPU, Enterprise, Graphics, Hardware, News, VR World

New AMD Corporate Strategy Starts to Pay Off

Over the course of last year, AMD’s upper management started to split the company into two key elements – one that would drive the technology forward (Radeon Technologies Group) and one to make sure the technology brings back ‘best bang for buck’, mostly through licensing agreements and new industry collaborations. Radeon Technologies Group is being lead by Raja Koduri and his management and engineering team, while Dr. Lisa T. Su is driving the monetization aspect of AMD as the corporate entity. Less than a year after making an announcement that AMD is ‘open for business’ by licensing the core IP technologies such as CPU or GPU cores. We’ve

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AMD, Breaking, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Sony, Virtual Reality (VR)

Sony PlayStation NEO Console for VR Revealed?

According to multiple sources we managed to talk to during the last couple of industry conferences, and the story that just break today, Sony is rushing ahead towards introduction of “Playstation 4.5”, codenamed NEO. The company decided to update the console rather than performing a ‘simple’ die shrink, a tactic both Microsoft and Sony utilized over the lifetime of their Playstation 2 and 3, Xbox and 360 consoles. The original plan for NEO was to introduce a 14nm die-shrink of 8-core Jaguar processor and an update of a GCN-based graphics processor. However, a shift from 28nm to 14nm is significantly more complex due to the fact that 28nm process used

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3D, AMD, Breaking, Enterprise, Graphics, News, VR World

AMD Updates FirePro W9100 with 32 GB Memory

Last year, AMD released FirePro S9170 with 32GB GDDR5 memory, becoming the world’s first graphics card with 32 GB memory. Designed for servers, this board carried a record-breaking 32 GB of GDDR5 memory, using expensive and not-widely-available 16 Gbit / 2 GB memory chips. Just in time for the 93rd edition of one of the oldest trade shows in the west hemisphere, AMD is introducing a refresh to their high-end workstation line-up. As the name says, AMD FirePro W9100 32 GB brings 32 GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory to the workstation line-up. And this is where things are getting really interesting. W9100 32GB is powered by

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AMD, Breaking, Computex Taipei, Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News

AMD Polaris 10 GPU Specifications Revealed?

A technology rumor website recently published a story detailing the upcoming AMD Polaris 10 GPU, allegedly named “67DF:C4”. As it turns out, a bird sent us screenshots showing the details of the card. While we cannot go into more details in order to protect the source, we can confirm that AMD Polaris 10 engineering samples are varying in clock between 800 and 1050 MHz, depending on the partner. Our original Polaris 10 story is here. What we know so far is that Polaris 10 used to be known as Ellesmere, Baffin is Polaris 11 and Greenland is Vega 10. Apparently, the numbers 10, 11, 12 will not co-relate

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AMD Unveils FirePro S9300 X2 with a Supercomputer Design Win

Recently, we posted an in-depth story detailing the birth of Radeon Pro Duo. As we all probably know, AMD created two designs for the dual Fiji GPU. In the end, AMD brought just a single design to market and a server grade one to boot. The company just introduced the FirePro S9300 X2, sharing the same server-grade design as the Radeon Pro Duo, with the main difference being that the FirePro model was clocked down in order to allow for optimal operation using server-grade air cooling. Given that S9300 X2 is rated at 46 GLOPS/Watt and operates within 300 Watt thermal limit (302W to be

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3D, AMD, Companies, Gaming, Hardware, VR World

Radeon Graphics: The Intersection of Speed and Sophistication in the DirectX 12 Era

AMD announced their impressive roster of state-of-the-art DirectX 12 games and engines, each with extensive tuning for the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture at the heart of modern Radeon GPUs. This marks another milestone in the quest to adhere to newer game/application requests, creating a great showcase of performance and visual appeal. This also provides owners of the newest AMD Radeon graphic cards a chance to fully utilize all the advancements of DirectX 12 games, engines and design. This news comes in mid of recent talk and rumors about potential developments by AMD in the field of processors and graphics, giving the fans of the brand

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AMD, Breaking, Companies, HP, Mobile Computing, News

Did HP Equalize Desktop and Notebook Performance with AMD FirePro?

For as long as I can remember, the quest of equalizing desktop and mobile performance haunts every manufacturer. However, notebooks are thermally challenged environments and you simply can’t put desktop components inside, unless you’re talking about heavy duty desktop replacements from manufacturers such as Eurocom. Still, a lot of progress is being made with the form factor even from the biggest companies on the market. Last September, HP introduced value oriented Z workstations. HP Focuses the Z series on “3D CAD, Design Visualization, CAM and Simulation”, and starting at $879 all the way into the low five digit range. HP openly states that moving to an M.2, NVMe

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AMD, Analysis, Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Graphics, Hardware, VR World

Radeon Pro Duo: How AMD’s Dual GPU went Professional

When AMD revealed the Radeon Pro Duo during the Capsaicin event, the actual product looked significantly different to the one AMD showed at last year’s E3 conference. In fact, it was a completely different product. Besides an occasional leak, destiny of AMD’s ‘Gemini’ board was unknown for the better part of 2015. In this article, we will reveal the full story of how Radeon Pro Duo came to be. The original plan to launch AMD’s “Radeon R9 Fury X2” for gamers changed with the announcement of Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), a new organisation inside AMD led by Raja Koduri, specifically designed to focus on AMD’s FirePro, Radeon and now also

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AMD, Breaking, Business, Exclusive, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia

AMD VR Ready Premium Program Collides with Nvidia VR Ready

It looks like we are heading for a return to brick and mortar stores. After years of online shopping, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality demand to be experienced in the real world, and that’s where the battle will be lead. Who will buy what computer will strongly depend on level of fidelity and immersion. This is inevitably leading to a situation where AMD / RTG will square off versus an old ‘nemesis’, Nvidia. Strong competition between these two vendors led to better performance, better experience and most importantly, price wars. Back on E3 of 2015, AMD announced the R9 Fury X at $650 price point. AMD’s “Launch

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AMD, Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Gaming, Hardware, Intel, News, VR World

Intel’s Skull Canyon Micro Gaming PC Supports AMD XConnect

Intel hosted its GDC media conference at The Box meeting venue in San Francisco, and the company demonstrated its commitment to the gaming community. Intel sees gaming market as a leading entertainment revenue driver by 2019-2021 (in alignment with predictions by Jon Peddie Research, Gartner, Gaming Business Review, DBI Intelligence etc.), and is making steps to make gaming pervasive entertainment experience. The company reorganized its desktop division last year and instituted new executive team that focuses on improving the gaming experience. One of results of those moves were focusing on human resources and bringing talented engineers back from mobile and other business divisions. We discussed this newly found focus with key

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AMD, Gaming, VR World

AMD Gaming Evolved Gets Updated

It seems that streaming is ‘all the rage’ right now. Showcasing your skills, giving fans across the world access to your gaming and showing your neat tricks. This is basically what’s it all about. Thanks to AMD’s Gaming Evolved this is now even simpler and even more easy to use. We’ve talked a lot about the future of streaming/showcases of gameplay in recent months. For certain games, giving the individuals a first eye witness into the world of pro’s and other popular players is the way to go. Simply put, it increases the popularity and allows gamers, specially with certain titles, to earn more money than ever

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AMD, Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), Graphics, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

AMD Unveils Radeon Pro, Graphics for VR

The wait is over. Nine months after AMD introduced Fiji GPU architecture featuring revolutionary High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) standard, the company launched Radeon Pro Duo, “world’s most powerful platform for Virtual Reality (VR), capable of both creating and consuming VR content.”  AMD originally showed the board on the same day it launched the Fiji architecture, on E3 2015 – but the company took its time to make the product ‘as perfect as possible’. Getting two GPUs to work in perfect sync is a daunting task, as each GPU serves one eye – delivering almost 210 million pixels each second.  Few weeks ago, AMD teased us with initial results from the SteamVR benchmark, where

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AMD, Companies, VR World

AMD Takes 83% Share of Global VR System Market

Today, at the 2016 Game Developer Conference, AMD announced some major shifts in the VR System market. According to AMD, the company will underscore its dominance of the global virtual reality systems market. It revealed new advances in hardware and software to further the reach of VR, and unveiled its new GPU certified program that simplifies adoption of VR technology for consumers and content creators. According to Jon Peddie Research as of March 11, 2016, AMD is estimated as powering 83% of the total addressable market for dedicated VR HMDs. “AMD continues to be a driving force in virtual reality,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and

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AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Game Developer Conference (GDC), News, Virtual Reality (VR)

AMD Powers Sulon Q, Microsoft HoloLens Competitor

The holy grail for the VR and AR experience will be creating a headset which will have sufficient computational power to deliver seamless VR experience, yet be in a compact form and untethered from computers or smartphones we are forced to use today. First development product which offers such capabilities is Microsoft HoloLens, which recently started accepting pre-orders for Development Kits. At $3000, Hololens is a steep buy-in to Microsoft’s vision of holographic computing. Enter Sulon, a startup from Toronto located not far from AMD’s Canadian HQ (formerly known as ATI Technologies). On the 30th Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, Sulon unveiled the Q, world’s first high-performing, stand-alone, all-in-one, thether free, ‘wear

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AMD Unveils XConnect Graphics for Laptops

Need for powerful graphics in notebooks is reaching the tipping point, as Virtual Reality and especially Augmented Reality require even more compute power than a hihg-resolution display. Eight years ago, AMD tried to answer the demands of that era by launching the XGP – eXternal Graphics Platform. This short-lived standard was only supported by Fujitsu Siemens AG, and other vendors sadly chickened out. Fast forward to Autumn 2015, with AMD launching R9 Nano. This small card only draws  175 Watts and yet, it achieves about 85% of performance offered by the top-of-the-line R9 Fury X. We mentioned that this card would be an ideal pairing in high-end

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