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14nm AMD Greenland tapes out: Attack on NVIDIA Pascal, Intel Xeon Phi


Couple of days ago, GlobalFoundries issued a press release stating that they ‘demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.’ “FinFET technology is expected to play a critical foundational role across multiple AMD product lines, starting in 2016. GLOBALFOUNDRIES has worked tirelessly to reach this key milestone on its 14LPP process. We look forward to GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ continued progress towards full production readiness and expect to leverage the advanced 14LPP process technology across a broad set of our CPU, APU, and GPU products,” said Mark Papermaster, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices.


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AMD Launches ‘Boltzmann Initiative’


AMD inputted a lot of strategic investments in heterogeneous system architecture (HSA). The most logical step forward is building a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems. This is what the “Boltzmann Initiative” is all about it seems. The “Boltzmann Initiative” leverages HSA’s ability to harness both central processing units (CPU) and AMD FirePro™ graphics processing units (GPU) for maximum compute efficiency through software. The first results of the initiative are featured this week at SC15 and include the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC); a headless Linux® driver and HSA runtime infrastructure for cluster-class, High Performance Computing (HPC); and the Heterogeneous-compute Interface for


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Which Computer Should You Buy?


Buying a computer is more complicated than it needs to be.  If you are a gamer or a computer enthusiast, this post is not for you. Stop now and move along to your next article. I wrote this article to help those who think buying a computer is challenging because of all the choices, options, and hardware to consider. One reason I believe Apple has done so well over recent years is by bringing a simplicity to the buying process that just isn’t there for traditional Windows-based PCs. Most people I know buy and use these traditional Windows-based PCs, and I hope this article can help take


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AMD Appoints Darren Grasby to President of EMEA



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AMD reports $197 million loss for Q3 2015


AMD’s position alongside Intel in the CPU market and NVIDIA in the GPU market, is an ever declining show of bad timing in the computer world. The recently released financial results for Q3 2015 add more fuel to the doubt that is current AMD sales and revenue overall. Many have questioned the possibility of AMD getting back on track, and, while their newest hardware additions like the AMD R9 Fury are supreme products in their own right, it all may be just a bit too little, too late for them. On the other hand, we are not giving hope on the semi-conductor giant just yet,


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AMD FirePro Will Power New Dell Precision Mobile Workstations


Earlier this week, AMD announced that the new Dell Precision 3510, 7510, and 7710 mobile workstations will be powered by AMD FirePro mobile GPUs, allowing for outstanding application performance. This comes as outstanding news for mobile workstation users. Most prominently, the ones in the Media and Entertainment field. These users will mostly benefit from the AMD FirePro W7170M GPU with outstanding graphics performance in the Dell Precision 7710 mobile workstation matched with almost 3 TFLOPS of single-precision GPU compute power for GPU-accelerated applications and workflows. For engineering and design professionals, Dell Precision mobile workstations with AMD FirePro W7170M, AMD FirePro W5170M, and AMD FirePro W5130M


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Report: AMD Cuts 500 Jobs To Save Costs


Advanced Micro Devices, a chip designer headquartered in Sunnyvale, California (and Austin, Texas), is cutting 500 jobs to cut costs (5% of its global workforce). The move is expected to bring the headcount down to under 9,000 employees, right in about the same number of employees as one of its competitors, NVIDIA Corporation. For anyone familiar with the processor market, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. The company has been struggling to make competitive products over the past couple of years, with even highly innovative products often not being in stock due to low availability. The chip maker is struggling to keep up with its main competitors, with Intel currently


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Watch AMD’s Roy Taylor Keynote on VR Content Strategy

VRLA Summer Expo, LACC, Los Angeles, California. Picture Credit: VLRA

There’s no doubt that Virtual Reality is starting to gather steam ahead of 2016, which should marked as the year when VR ‘broke in’ – with launches and general availability of consumer versions of numerous VR headsets, such as Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus, HTC Vive (made in collaboration with Valve), Starbreeze StarVR and many others. Developing VR content is requiring a lot of hardware horsepower, and appropriate middleware. According to key content producers such as Crytek, CCP, EA and others, AMD has a leadership on VR with its Liqid VR set of tools. In order to stimulate content developers, and explain how VR is developing, AMD supported the


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AMD Radeon Fury X: Potential Supercomputing Monster?


When AMD launched its Fiji-based graphics cards, all eyes were focused on its performance in consumer applications such as computer games. And while the first results forced Nvidia to launch “Titan Lite” in the form of GeForce GTX 980 Ti, DirectX 12 benchmarks are starting to show different, brighter outlook for AMD, starting with Ashes of the Singularity. The focus of this article however, is its potential and usage in applications where Fiji GPU will be branded as Fire Pro, and Fire Pro S (Server) – where AMD can take an ASIC and upsell it to commercial clients, with full-speed enabled for Double Precision floating point


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SK Hynix Invests $39 Billion in Three Mega Fabs

SK Hynix M14 DRAM / NAND Foundry in Icheon, South Korea. Photo credit: SK Hynix

Consolidation is inevitable in every industry, yet today saw the announcement that trumps numerous hyped or just rumored acquisitions made to pump up the stock in western media. SK Hynix just made recent moves by industry giants such as Intel ($16.6 billion acquisition of Altera), TSMC, or Micron (rumored sub-23 billion acquisition by the Chinese) – look small. The company announced it will invest no less than 38.9 billion US dollars in a bid to become the world’s largest semiconductor manufacturer, a crown currently held by Taiwanese TSMC for logic chips and Samsung for DRAM/NAND memory chips. This investment is split into two parts, $26.9 billion to build two


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Video: Birdly VR Enables You to Fly Like a Bird

video birdly vr showcase

If you were wondering what Birdly VR really is, it is a virtual reality platform that employs Oculus Rift, creating an opportunity for you to see how would flying like a bird feel like, is what you want. It’s basically a virtual reality simulator of a bird flight, or yet another showcase of where exactly is virtual reality taking us and where we’ll be headed developing this technology. Flying always is an aspect many human beings would love to experience, but the physical limitations of any possible solution impeded such a quest overall. With Virtual Reality, it’s now fully possible! “Birdly is an installation which explores


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New AIDA64 Supports Windows 10 and Tizen, New Hardware


Tamas Miklos, author of AIDA64 contacted us to let you all know that v5.30 of his multi-platform tool came out today. AIDA64 is one of most versatile system detection and benchmarking applications, supporting practically every major operating system. If you want to know more about your computing device, AIDA64 is one of best tools out there, and the list of new items supported in v5.30 is just impressive. While you could install the application on Apple iOS, Google Android and Microsoft Windows, v5.30 brings in full support for Windows 10 and Server 2016, as well as Samsung Tizen OS. This is a list of changes for the application: New


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5 Must have Pieces of Software for Gamers

I Love Gaming by Mahbub Ahsan Rashid.

There is no doubt about it; gaming represents one of largest, if not the largest entertainment business in 2015. The growth in this market has been underpinned by innovation and technological advancement, as new hardware is developed to refine the gaming experience across multiple platforms. With modern-day hardware also enabling cross-platform gaming experiences, this sector is set for even further growth in the next decade. Software is also a key component of the modern gaming experience, and there are several must-have programs for aspiring designers and developers. Here are five of what I believe are the most important tools you need for flawless gameplay: Graphic Drivers


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AMD launches affordable A8-7670K APU For Budget Computers


After launching the much wanted R9 Fury, AMD is looking to expand its presence in the budget market with the introduction of the affordable A8-7670K APU revealed earlier. While AMD had less than stellar success rate with their CPU products lately, the newly launched APU models aim to take the throne currently held by Intel i3 CPUs – and might actually have what they need to do it. It also arrives on point for the Windows 10 release, ensuring its place on the budget market is secured thoughtfully. This means that all of those free updates to the new system will come in handy and


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AMD Might Be Making The Nintendo NX Processor

Nintendo NX Console

It looks as if Nintendo has eyed AMD to craft the processor to power the new Nintendo NX.


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AMD Launches More Affordable, Air Cooled R9 Fury


During E3 2015, AMD launched two lines of graphics cards: Radeon 300 Series and Fiji Series. Radeon 300 Series is mostly based on renaming the 200 Series, with boosted hardware (double the memory, increase the clocks) and software (say hello to Frame Rate Target Control and Virtual Super Resolution) capabilities. Fiji GPU is a completely different beast, with no less than five different products: Few weeks ago, AMD launched R9 Fury X, a liquid cooled version. Sadly, the card was only available in very limited volume and we were unable to obtain one for a review. Now, AMD launched the R9 Fury, an air-cooled version which is available through AMD partner network,


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AMD Moves to Justify Radeon 300 Series Rebrand

AMD Radeon R9 290X Board showcases the Hawaii GPU and 4GB GDDR5 memory.

Just like in the world of sports, there is a lot of personal and below-the-belt attacks on companies we report about, and quite often the heated exchanges happen about Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo consoles, or if we go down to the chip level – discussions about Intel, AMD or Nvidia (interestingly though, we don’t see Qualcomm receiving a lot of flak). Recently, we saw a lot of heated media coverage and comments criticizing the company’s decision to rebrand some of its silicon again, now into the Radeon 300 Series moniker. As a part of its 2015 line-up, some Radeon 300 Series parts are based on silicon


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AMD to Go Private, Split into AMD and ATI Again?

AMD GPU Launch Webcast page

Friday evening in the U.S. is typically the ideal time for a media outlet to break a story that could wreak havoc on Wall Street on Monday morning, leaving just the enough time to gather traction and positioning on search engines. Thomson Reuters probably did just that. Hot on the heels of successful APU and GPU announcements, with the launch of its “Carrizo” APU and Radeon 300 graphics cards, as well as breakthrough Fiji graphics processor; AMD’s stock finally started to post healthy gains. After being ‘in the wild’, losing 40% of its value over the past 12 months, falling to levels last seen in


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EVE: Valkyrie Shows the Future of Gaming with VR Technology

EVE: Valykrie Logo. World's First native VR AAA game.

It is widely regarded that the first 3D games were Wolfenstein 3D, Formula One Grand Prix (or World Circuit) and Descent. Each in its own genre, they introduced first person view into the world of gaming, and in case of Descent, brought six degrees of freedom and caused a lot of sleepless nights. Immersion of these titles brought forward Doom, Gran Turismo, Freespace and many other titles which now make for an industry larger than movie and music industry combined. Fast forward some 21 years (legal drinking age in the U.S.), and we have a new pioneer in the world of immersive gaming. There is little doubt that


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AMD Radeon Fury X Performance Revealed

AMD Radeon R9 Fury X Introduction slide

While VR World is currently working on a detailed series of analysis into how AMD is changing its future by unveiling a completely new product line-up, we were informed by the company’s representatives that the company decided to lift the embargo on performance data for the AMD Radeon Fury X earlier than expected. Thus, while you wait for the architectural analysis of the part (this article will be updated in due course), we are pleased to bring you details from the AMD Radeon Fury X Review Guide, which contains internal performance data of this new, $649 graphic card. This price pitches liquid cooled Radeon Fury X