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AMD Congratulates Nintendo on the Launch of Wii, a Revolution in Gaming -AMD's Hollywood Graphics Processor delivers the next-generation gaming experience for innovative new video game console- SUNNYVALE, CALIF -- November 21, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today congratulates Nintendo on the successful launch of the revolutionary WiiTM video gaming console. The AMD "Hollywood" graphics processor resulted in Nintendo delivering a brand new level of immersive gameplay and interaction for consumers in North America. "Nintendo's vision is to do something radically new and different with Wii - the technology hidden in the system allows us to deliver an intuitive and fun gaming experience in a silent and... Read more...
The guys over at [H]ard|OCP have gotten their hands on some AMD roadmap slides. The slides make for an interesting read. AMD has given us some more information about Fusion, albeit still a little vague on specifics as to exactly how a stream processing on the GPU would be leveraged. But if you thought CPU and GPU integration onto one die was just about low end computers, AMD is painting a different picture. CPUs with high powered stream processors onboard that utilize GPU power is the future that AMD sees. See the slides here...... Read more...
Cray XT4 Supercomputer Debuts With Petascale Capability Significant Backlog of Large Orders System Built on Cray XT Infrastructure Represents a Milestone for Cray's Adaptive Supercomputing Vision... SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 13, 2006 -- Cray Inc. (NASDAQ: CRAY) today announced the availability of its next-generation massively parallel processing (MPP) system, the Cray XT4TM supercomputer. The powerful new supercomputer, previously code-named "Hood," is designed to easily and efficiently scale to a peak performance of more than one petaflops (1,000 trillion floating-point operations per second). The Cray XT4 supercomputer debuts with several large system orders announced... Read more...
There is a lot of talk going around about AMD CPU shortages. DailyTech, Ars Technica and Tech Report are a few sources weighing in on the matter. A shortage for AMD during the critical year end cycle will mean lost sales and potential defections to Intel based machines. However, it is good news for AMD that its offerings have been well received and they have this problem rather than warehouses full of product. Below are a few out-takes from some articles regarding the shortage.  Ars Technica- With demand from OEMs strong, will the enthusiast community get the short end of the stick? "We don't expect our users to jump brand," DiFranco remarked. "Their loyalty comes from many years of dedication,... Read more...
AMD Brings Next-Generation Graphics to the AppleTM Power Mac G5(R) Quad SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- November 6, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the ATI Radeon(R) X1900 G5 Mac(R) Edition, a next-generation graphics card that combines workstation-class creative productivity and cutting-edge 3D game performance. The ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac Edition represents a high-performance PCI Express graphics upgrade card for the Power Mac G5 Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual. Upgrading to the ATI Radeon X1900 G5 Mac helps pro-application users maximize their creative potential with the powerful PCI Express-based Power Mac G5 Quad and Power Mac G5 Dual.  READ MORE...... Read more...
AMD released its latest processor pricing guide earlier this week. The new pricing marks cuts of close to 50% in some cases. The highest priced processor listed is the AMD Opteron 8220 SE at $2,149 in lots of 1000, while the Sempron 3000 (64-bit, 1.8GHz, 128KB L2 cache, 1600MHz HyperTransport bus, 754-pin) came in at a mere $56. Let the numbers speak for themselves, see full pricing details at AMD.... Read more...
Those who are browsing through Dell's website will find that the company has just released a new notebook which is using an AMD mobile processor. Dubbed the Inspiron 1501, the notebook platform utilizes a 15.4" WXGA display and incorporates AMD's Turion 64 and Turion 64 X2 mobile processors along with ATI's Radeon Xpress 1150 IGP chipset. Looking at the configurator, you can buy this notebook for as little as $549 with a Mobile AMD Sempron 3500+ processor. Should you want an AMD Turion64 processor, prices start as low as $704. Although this is the first AMD-based notebook from Dell, it seems safe to assume that this certainly won't be the... Read more...
AMD DELIVERS INNOVATIVE GAMING EXPERIENCE AT A KNOCKOUT VALUE WITH THE ATI RADEON X1650(R) XT SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - OCT. 30, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced an innovative graphics card that makes use of its new native CrossFire(tm) technology, the ATI Radeon(R) X1650 XT. With its incredible image quality features and superb performance, the ATI Radeon X1650 XT delivers enthusiast-class technology at an impressive price point. The ATI Radeon X1650 XT will hit store shelves during the week of 13 November, at an estimated street price of US$149. The ATI Radeon X1650 XT enables a breathtaking gaming experience, as the graphics card has the ability to enable High Dynamic Range effects and anti-aliasing... Read more...
We've told you about the technology here, and featured some pictures of upcoming "4x4"-based systems here. And now we have another aspect of AMD's 4x4 campaign to reveal - the slick promotional T's!     AMD "Quadfather" T-Shirt Check out that guy! I wouldn't mess with that gumba.  And dig that "In the family" reference on the sleeve.  Cool stuff for sure.... Read more...
Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that AMD's upcoming "4x4" platform will support no less than 4 discrete graphics cards. Here, AMD has called upon NVIDIA for a chipset to power the platform and has been provided with the nForce 680a. This chipset is comprised of a traditional north and southbridge pairing which provides enough PCIe lanes to support 2 PCIEx16 and 2 PCIEx8 slots. Supposedly, the chipset itself is nothing more than two nForce 590SLI chipsets on a single motherboard, though additional features such as hardware router functionality will help keep the hype machine well lubed and running. Here is the answer to a big question which has bothered many of our... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that Dell will soon be launching a series of sub $500 notebooks which are using AMD processors. Supposedly launching in the beginning of November, Dell's first AMD notebook will utilize a 15.4" LCD and range in price from $449-$499. A similar 17" model will then follow with the product launching sometime in Q1 2007. ODM's for the two models include Quanta and Compal so there is a slight chance you might recognize the same chassis on some other notebook vendors' models. AMD currently accounts for less than 15% of the global notebook CPU market, but the company expects to grow its share significantly... Read more...
AMD COMPLETES ATI ACQUISITION AND CREATES PROCESSING POWERHOUSE -Focused to Drive Innovation, Choice and Growth in the Industry with First Platform Solutions in 2007- -Unveils "Fusion" Initiative for Industry's First Integrated CPU/GPU Silicon Solutions- SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - Oct. 25, 2006 - AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced the completion of its approximately $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI Technologies Inc. Combining the complementary strengths of the two technology leaders, the new AMD opens for business as a processing powerhouse committed to driving innovation, choice and growth in the technology industry. With approximately 15,000 employees, the company merges AMD's technology... Read more...
AMD CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF INNOVATION IN DRESDEN German Chancellor Angela Merkel Visits AMD Dresden to Commemorate Significant Corporate Milestone SUNNYVALE, Calif. and DRESDEN-Oct. 24, 2006-Today in Dresden, Germany, AMD (NYSE: AMD) commemorated the 10-year anniversary of its Dresden-based operations with a ceremony attended by German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and an employee celebration. Joining the Chancellor was Governor of Saxony, Professor Georg Milbradt, AMD Chairman and CEO, Hector Ruiz and General Manager of AMD Dresden, Hans Deppe. On October 24, 1996 AMD broke ground for its first Dresden based microprocessor production facility, Fab 30, initiating ten years of continuous technology... Read more...
Cnet is reporting that Dell has finally released their first two AMD servers.  The first system is the PowerEdge 6950 which is a quad cpu configuration ranging from 2.0Ghz to 2.8Ghz.  The next system is the PowerEdge SC1435 which is a dual CPU configuration based off of the same speed cpu's.  Both systems will be using the power hungry AMD's Opteron SE cpus which had previously only been available to Sun.  A moderately configured 6950 will set you back approximately $16,183 whereas a the same on a 1435 will set you back $5,653. With the move, Dell finally joins the other three major server makers in selling AMD-based... Read more...
With the release of NVIDIA's nForce 500 Series, NVIDIA opened the door to a broad range of features tailored to both AMD and Intel based architectures.  Today, we have a line up of three motherboards outfitted with the nForce 590 SLI chipset for AMD, offering the best the 500 series has to offer.  Before we get started though, we'll take a moment to spotlight some of the more prominent features of the nForce 590 SLI. Naturally, SLI is the most notable of feature for enthusiasts, with the 590 SLI delivering two PCI Express x16 slots for maximum graphics throughput.  The 590 SLI chipset is also the only one in the 500 series to offer LinkBoost Technology, boosting communication... Read more...
  It's easy to sit back and say "he was a good boy -- he took it on the chin like a man", or so to speak, as the good folks at Intel would like to say about their rivals at Advanced Micro Devices.  Conversely, you might quickly discover the error of your ways, if you've counted AMD out.  As we're sure you're aware, the lumps don't go unanswered in this high-stakes game we call the semiconductor industry.  Retribution is often sharp and swift. Capiche?  Recently we spent some time in private conference with AMD down in the lovely city of New York and learned of a few more details with respect to their upcoming "4X4" platform... Read more...
  This year's DigitalLife show in New York City seemed to be just a bit more festive, a bit more "real-deal", or perhaps we should just say a bit more well-attended from both an exhibitor and audience perspective?  In fact, since Ziff Davis picked up the gig, it has turned out to be like a mini-CES here on the east coast. There was also a big focus on gaming and entertainment this year, perhaps picking up where the dilapidated and now defunct E3 left off. As always, there were sights to see and excitement in the air.  Or was that just Carmen Electra?  Mmmm...Carmen -- Fetching as ever.  Sort of like the effect she has on most men, turning them... Read more...
With all the positive talk of the AMD acquisition of ATI, there has to be a downfall.  The Inquirer is reporting that about 1200 jobs will be cut from ATI and approximately 800 from AMD.  The report states that the majority of the ATI cuts will be coming from the now defunct All In Wonder division. The numbers we hear back up the earlier set precisely - 1,200 from ATI, 800 from AMD, give or take a bit. The picture on the ATI side is a little clearer because of the nature of the cuts, you can just quantify them more easily.... Read more...
AMD'S Proposed Acquisition of ATI Receives Approval Under Investment Canada Act SUNNYVALE, CALIF. and MARKHAM, ONTARIO - Oct. 13, 2006 - Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE: AMD) and ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that the proposed acquisition of ATI by AMD has been approved by the Minister of Industry under the Investment Canada Act, satisfying one of the conditions to the closing of the acquisition. "We are confident that our plans for the combination of AMD and ATI will deliver world-class customer-centric solutions and will benefit Canada and its future role in the technology industry," said AMD Chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz. "We look forward... Read more...
K8L, as it's called, is AMD's quad-core baby. Ars Technica has the lowdown on some of the features the chip will contain, including 128-bit floating-point and SSE units, improved branch prediction, dedicated stack engine, and memory disambiguation. The four cores will share 2MB of L3 cache, and each core had a dedicated 512KB L2 and 64KB L1 cache. "Let's take core architecture first, because it's the one that's most familiar from past Intel-AMD comparisons. Note that I'm taking a preliminary stab at comparing these two architectures, and that my knowledge of K8L isn't nearly as thorough as my knowledge of Core. So I reserve the... Read more...
AMD INTRODUCES MORE CHOICE TO THE AMD LIVE! PC DIGITAL MEDIA SOLUTION - AMD LIVE! PCs from Dell, Alienware Now Available; New Applications, Enhancements for AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite - SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - October 11, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of new AMD LIVE! PCs from Alienware and Dell, expanding the selection of popular, easy-to-use PCs designed to help simplify today's digital lifestyle. The AMD LIVE! PC is a full-featured media center computer powered by the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor and created to enrich consumers' experiences when enjoying digital movies, music and photos throughout the home and on the go. AMD also introduced additions... Read more...
Thinking of a new Opteron to beef up your slugish desktop? Might want to wait a few weeks. AMD will be announcing 17-47% price cuts across the board. The price drops affect AMD's server and workstation Opteron products for Socket 940, 939, AM2 and 1207 platforms. AMD Opteron 800 series models 870, 875, 880 and 885 receive hefty 20-30% price cuts. Opteron 800 series HE models 860 HE, 865 HE, 870 HE and 875 HE receive similar 20-30% price drops - with similar pricing as non-HE models. Pricing for models 848 HE, 850, 850 HE, 852, 854, 856 and 865 will remain the same before and after October 30th, 2006.  Good things come to those who wait -- sometimes.... Read more...
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