CPU, Hardware, Intel, News, VR World

Did Intel Got Lucky with the Skylake Freezing Bug?

UPDATE January 18, 2016 – MSI released a beta version of the BIOS which contains micro-code update that should remove the Skylake crashing bug. You can download the beta version of the BIOS for select products on their OneDrive account. Intel recently reported its quarterly and full year results, and they’re quite impressive. The company reported fourth quarter revenue of $14.9 billion, or 1% down from Q4 2014. Net income (profit) also declined to $3.61 billion. Once we look at full year results, they’re more than interesting – 2015 saw Intel recording a revenue of $55.4 billion with $11.4 billion net income. The results are quite

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AMD, Breaking, Enterprise, Hardware, News, VR World

AMD finally Launches K12, ARM-based Opteron

AMD’s path to this moment was a difficult one. The company spent $334 million to acquire SeaMicro, an investment which was latter written off completely, and ultimately lead to shutting down the micro-server division. At the same time, 2012 saw the announcement of ARM-based Opteron and its arrival on the product roadmap (and a continuous push back), with ARM-based AMD product being available only as a single processor, 1U half-rack development kit from a third party vendor. This changes today, with the introduction of AMD Opteron A1100 Series processors, based on a silicon codenamed ‘Seattle’ – which may or may not have to do anything with two major customers from that area. In order to bring

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3D, AMD, Graphics, Hardware

AMD Drops Radeon R9 Nano price by 23%

When AMD announced the Radeon R9 Fury family, a lot of attention was given to R9 Nano, a brilliantly small and compact card targeting a rising market of HTPC and Compact Gaming PC’s – high performance, small size cases, utilizing feature-packed ITX motherboards. While R9 Nano received a lot of positive press, the actual product launch went down in flames with a lot of media outlets ‘going to the matresses’ with certain AMD PR and Executives who made a ‘selective reviews’ criteria and openly criticized members of the press. Even though we were not selected by AMD, as we are probably seen as publication you cannot ‘steer to’ send the message

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AMD, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CPU, Hardware, News

AMD Prepares Wraith, First New Product in a Decade

For the first time since the acqusition of ATI Technologies Inc., in 2006, AMD / RTG is preparing a launch of a new product line-up. If you thought that merger between Continental and United Air Lines lasts for too long, think of this – AMD had engineers between Server and Desktop CPU teams and the APU team not talking to each other nine years (!) after the integration of ATI Technologies into the AMD family. Luckily, things are finally changing (after both Intel and NVIDIA walked all over AMD, taking full advantage of AMD’s mistakes due to its  HEO 1.0 – ‘Heterogeneous Engineering Organization’) and the company is getting ready

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3D, AMD, Consumer Electronics Show (CES), CPU, Graphics, Hardware, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

AMD to Launch Polaris Graphics Architecture with a Mainstream Card

Back in early December 2015, AMD invited their preferred media partners to brief them about the new company structure, where Radeon Technology Group (RTG, also known as ATI 2.0) will continue to bring products to market under the AMD banner until the (almost inevitable) spin-off occurs. In a run-up to CES 2016, which takes place in Las Vegas, NV, AMD made a formal announcement introducing the Polaris GPU architecture. In a video bewlo, Raja Koduri (head of RTG) spoke of innovation that was enabled by a logical transition from planar transistors (single-gate, i.e. 2-D) to multi-gate (i.e. 3-D) technology, with a variant of 3-D transistors being called FinFET. If

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3D, AMD, Companies, CPU, Graphics, Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), VR World

Samsung Set To Produce 14nm Chips For AMD In 2016

According to HotHardware, Samsung is set to produce of 14nm chips for AMD, starting next year. This news comes as a bit of a surprise. AMD currently produces all its chips through one company, namely GlobalFoundries. In a nutshell, AMD now keeps all of their chip production with one single company – not a good business model in any situation. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) also used to build chips for AMD. But after yield and supply woes were constantly happening, it forced AMD to look elsewhere for help, and right now it’s looking in the direction of Samsung. The idea is to have at least

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3D, AMD, Companies, CPU, Hardware

AMD Achieves Leading Market Share for Thin Clients

AMD announced that the company achieved a number one market share position for thin clients based on its thin-client shipments. According to its unit sales to thin client customers last year, AMD has more than half of that market, with 53 percent market share. Thin clients, with little or no local storage, often serve as intelligent front-ends for server or cloud-based applications. Thin clients using AMD Embedded G-Series have a strong value proposition for immersive graphics in single- or multi-display configurations in the enterprise. Recent design wins with HP, Fujitsu, and Samsung validate that AMD APUs provide compelling value with horsepower for data movement, encryption/decryption

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VR World

AMD’s RTG Presents its 2016 Technologies

At the recently held event in Sonoma, California, newly formed AMD spin-off gathered selected press representatives to brief them about the developments the new company is working on. With the Radeon Technologies Group spin-off, the focus should work on pushing away from politics (which lead to a lot ‘spilled digital ink’, like the R9 Nano ‘fair reviews’ affair) into technology and products. Recent hiring of Scott Wasson, founder and editor-and-chief of the Tech Report should help with the technology development and quality control. As we were not invited for the event, we will only bring you a verbatim copy of what came from Mrs. Caitlin, AMD’s Account Executive at Edelman PR Agency.

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3D, AMD, Companies, Hardware

AMD Launches the Low Profile Graphics Card for CAD Workstations

Today at Autodesk University 2015,  AMD unveiled the AMD FirePro™ W4300 low-profile graphics card solutions. These are designed for the best Computer-Aided Design (CAD) performance that fits both small form factor (SFF) and tower workstations.1 The AMD FirePro W4300 card expertly integrates a powerful GPU and 4GB of GDDR5 memory within a low-profile design for installation in SFF as well as full-sized systems. Organizations can now confidently simplify their IT management by standardizing on a single, capable professional graphics solution throughout their workstation deployment. The AMD FirePro W4300 professional graphics card is optimized for the latest CAD applications including Autodesk® AutoCAD, Inventor as well as Revit®,

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3D, AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Breaking, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Intel, News, Nvidia, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

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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3D, AMD, Companies, Graphics, Hardware

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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Buying Guides, Guides, Hardware, Holiday Shopping Guides, Opinion

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, Business, Companies

AMD Appoints Darren Grasby to President of EMEA

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AMD, Business, Companies, VR World

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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3D, AMD, Graphics, Hardware, VR World

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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AMD, Business, Companies, VR World

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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AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Business, Companies, Entertainment, Event, News, Virtual Reality (VR)

Watch AMD’s Roy Taylor Keynote on VR Content Strategy

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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3D, AMD, Analysis, Companies, Graphics, Hardware, Memory & Storage Space, Reviews, Video Card Reviews, VR World

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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3D, AMD, Business, Companies, CPU, Graphics, Hardware, Internet of Things (IoT), Memory & Storage Space, News, VR World

SK Hynix Invests $39 Billion in Three Mega Fabs

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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3D, AMD, Augmented Reality (AR), Gaming, Graphics, Hardware, News, Virtual Reality (VR), VR World

Video: Birdly VR Enables You to Fly Like a Bird

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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