This week started with a milestone announcement of Japanese SoftBank moving in to acquire ARM Holdings for a record $32 billion. Many analysts lamented that the takeover was a result of Brexit, even though everyone in their right minds should know that negotiations of this magnitude take years and typically are made in complete silence for 6-18 months (due dilligence and all that jazz). However, this might not be the only acquisition in the modest pool of British semiconductor players. As we reported on multiple occasions, Intel is reorganizing, i.e. restructuring the company. As a part of that reorganization, the company performed no less than three rounds
During the Nvidia’s “Power of 10” event, Jen-Hsun Huang, Co-founder and CEO of Nvidia Corporation talked about the positive shift in mentality for game developers. Game development in the past segmented resources between consoles and PCs, often resulting in sub-par experiences on the more powerful hardware. PC-focused eSports today have an audience of over 300 million viewers, easily rivaling or even beating more established ‘real’ sports. In 2013, the situation for PC gaming was rather grim. The arrival of new, AMD powered consoles brought the x86 architecture back to Microsoft (Intel x86, IBM PowerPC, AMD x86), and marked the third architectural change for Sony (SGI MIPS, IBM PowerPC,
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
AMD announced that it will webcast live from the historical landmark Ruby Skye during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. This premium developer and press event entitled “Capsaicin” will be hosted by Raja Koduri (Senior Vice President, Chief Architect, Radeon Technologies Group) on Monday, March 14 at 4:00 PM PT (23:00 GMT), and showcase AMD’s world-class hardware, software and gaming partners. Named after the compound that delivers a pepper’s spicy kick, “Capsaicin” event will explore the inner essence of the graphics processing unit (GPU) and how it powers innovations in gaming and virtual reality. The webcast will feature an inside look at the latest technological advancements affecting
AMD announced new additions to its 2016 Desktop processor family, offering increasingly powerful processor options available for anyone seeking outstanding gameplay and power efficiency for their desktop PC. AMD refreshed their lineup with what is their fastest desktop APU released to date, a powerful Athlon X4 and joined by the powerful A10-7870K now comes with the new, near-silent 125W AMD thermal solution featuring the same capable hardware and performance of the Wraith Cooler, without the illuminated shroud. AMD A10-7890K Setting a new APU Standard, the new AMD A10-7890K is the fastest AMD desktop APU released to date, with 1.02 TFLOPS of single-precision compute performance (theoretical figure). This
At the Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany, AMD announced the third generation of Embedded G-Series and LX SoCs, hoping to provide customers a broadened portfolio of performance options. The latest offerings expand ability to scale x86 platforms, starting with the entry-level AMD Embedded G-Series LX SoC, which is pin compatible to the previous generation of SoC devices. Besides low-power processors, AMD also announced two higher performing SoCs, codenamed “Prairie Falcon” and “Brown Falcon,” which introduce pin compatibility between G-Series processors and high-performance AMD Embedded R-Series SoCs. The new products expand upon AMD’s low power capabilities, bringing scalable performance, power, and price across the CPU, GPU, multimedia, and I/O controller hardware, helping to lower
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) announced increasing momentum for the 6th Generation AMD PRO A-Series mobile processors, based on the introduction of two new HP notebook design wins, new large-scale enterprise deployments, and the expansion of HP adoption of AMD FreeSync™ technology in its notebooks and displays. The 6th Generation AMD PRO A-Series processors, which efficiently integrate extensive AMD CPU, graphics, security, and video processing IP into a single SoC design, will now power two new HP 600 series ProBooks. The HP ProBook 645 14-inch and HP ProBook 655 15.6-inch notebooks allow businesses to equip their workforces with widely configurable and extremely cost-effective HP notebook PCs, enabling
It looks like 2016 is turning into a year of anticipation and redemption for AMD, not just to its consumers, but also to customers which purchased millions of dollars of AMD hardware in the past, and then felt left out. We all saw Oak Ridge National Laboratories, one of first Opteron adopters – ditching a decade old AMD collaboration for IBM+NVIDIA team up. Luckily for all involved, AMD seems to have finally “get their s*** together” and started a sales campaign which might be the most successful since Henri Richard led the sales team taking over more than 50% market share from Intel (albeit only in 4P and 8P
For the last couple of months, enthusiasts ‘on a budget’ were buying Intel processors based on latest ‘Skylake’ architecture and overclocked them to obtain extra performance. What made overclocking especially attractive was the possibility to overclock cheaper, ‘non-K’ processors using the old method of raising the base-clock (BCLK). Given that the company faced ‘Skylake crashes in Prime95’ affair, Intel decided to push microcode updates which would not just prevent Skylake-based CPUs from crashing but to prevent all non-K CPUs from overclocking as well. This update should not surprise anyone, as lack of any meaningful competition in the performance space meant the company was free to limit the overclocking capabilities. In order to overclock an Intel processor, you
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) this week revealed the world’s first hardware virtualized GPU products — AMD FirePro™ S-Series GPUs with Multiuser GPU (MxGPU) technology. AMD’s ground-breaking hardware-virtualized GPU architecture delivers an innovative solution in response to emerging user experiences such as remote workstation, cloud gaming, cloud computing, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). In the virtualization ecosystem, key components like the CPU, network controller and storage devices are being virtualized in hardware to deliver optimal user experiences, but prior to today the GPU was not hardware virtualized. AMD MxGPU technology, for the first time, brings the modern virtualization industry standard to the GPU hardware. What does this mean?
AMD received a substantial coverage at VentureBeat recently, with Dean Takahashi interviewing key executives in succession. First off was an in-depth interview with Lisa Su (CEO and Chairman of AMD), followed by an interview with Raja Koduri, Head (CEO?) of Radeon Technologies Group. RTG is AMD’s spin-off which you can compare with the spin-off of manufacturing division you now know as GlobalFoundries, just without a strong sovereign wealth fund (like Mubadala Development Company)… for now. In order to execute on a huge market opportunity in the form of Virtual Reality, RTG wants to make sure all the basics are covered. For starters, one of more painful episodes from the company
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
Life just got easier if your company is one of the 300,000 relying on Esri solutions to visually understand and analyze location data. That’s because the Esri ArcGIS Desktop Virtualization Appliance with NVIDIA GRID graphics virtualization technology is here. Now, geographic information systems (GIS) applications, like Esri ArcGIS Pro, can be delivered to users in the field, on any connected device. Previously, using ArcGIS Pro had been confined to high-end workstations. With NVIDIA GRID, users anywhere get the same high-end experience, but the application stays hosted in the data center. Whether for city planning, military operations, facilities management or natural resource conservation, all sorts of organizations
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.
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
Since its introduction in 2012, Google’s reference Nexus tablet grew in (screen) size and features. 2012-2013 saw 7″ and 10″ models, Nexus 9 debuted in late 2014 and now, we are seeing Google reserving the ‘Nexus’ brand for smartphones only. The new reference tablet from Google is named Pixel C; a 10.2 inch, high-resolution (308 pixels-per-inch) tablet runs the Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system. Just like Microsoft and Apple before, Pixel C comes in a tablet + keyboard layout, which is the new industry standard for ‘productivity tablets’. This combination should makes typing and daily work easier, faster and more task oriented, but also enhance the
According to a rumor, Apple’s next processor should bear the name ‘A10’ and it may come with as much as six-cores. It would be manufactured using a 14 nanometer production process and it would be produced by either Samsung in Texas or TMSC in Taiwan. Original rumor mentioned 10nm process node, but that just goes to show that original source should be taken with a kilogram of sea salt on its tail. These two companies would be competing for orders, the Weibo source said. We can get behind the naming, but the rest seems a bit off as Apple is not a company known for doing major internal hardware changes.
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
Just as Intel’s (NASDAQ: INTC) CEO Brian Krzanich opened the regular staff meeting before a dramatically reduced IDF2015 conference, in Shenzhen, China – it is a good time to review how government and enterprises don’t see eye to eye when it comes to strategic business. Remember the Tianhe-2 machine at Guangzhou Supercomputer Center, the current World’s number one according to Top 500 Supercomputer list? Unlike some other China supercomputers with their mixed architectures – Tianhe-2 is a fully Intel based machine, the world’s largest assembly of Intel Xeon CPUs and Xeon Phi accelerators. Even after Intel ‘opened the kimono’ and gave a nearly 70% discount on its processors and accelerators, it
AMD will launch its next-generation GPU in 2016, with the SkyBridge platform set to debut later this year.