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Samsung could use a financial boost after a decline in mobile profit led to the company posting an overall loss last year. It has a new boss in charge of mobile, and to keep the cash flowing (and investors happy), Samsung will produce 14nm CPU and GPU semiconductors for Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) starting in 2016.AMD currently has all its chips in one basket, so to speak, that basket being GlobalFoundries. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) also used to build chips for AMD, though yield and supply woes forced AMD to look elsewhere for help, and right now it's looking in the direction of Samsung.Adding Samsung would give AMD two sources for 14nm semiconductors, including its new... Read more...
You have to tip your hat to early adopters of new technology, both on the hardware side and when it comes to software. They're the ones living on the bleeding edge and discovering flaws that will be fixed in time for everyone else to jump on board. Case in point, some AMD graphics card owners are reporting fan issues after installing the company's new Radeon Software Crimson Edition, and a hotfix is on the way. Radeon Software is the newfangled replacement for AMD's Catalyst Control Center. It kicks off with Crimson Edition, which introduces a revamped interface with lots of goodies, but apparently it contains a bug. Some users who have installed the software report that Crimson is throttling... Read more...
The developers at Rocksteady Studios have given up on fixing multi-GPU support in Batman: Arkham Knight. Publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (just WB from here on out) confirmed that was the case when addressing a gamer's question on Steam's community forums. At this point in game's development -- post release for a second time -- cleaning up the code to improve the experience for gamers running SLI and Crossfire configurations is proving too much work for too little payoff. Continuing to develop for mulit-GPU setups could also introduce more problems for all players, and that's not something WB is keen on doing. "We’ve been working with our development and graphics driver partners... Read more...
The PC graphics market is struggling a bit overall compared to last year, but all three major players -- AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel -- saw a sequential uptick in GPU shipments in the third quarter of 2015, according to the latest data from Jon Peddie Research. All three combined, GPU shipments jumped 9 percent in Q3 from the last quarter, with NVIDIA seeing the biggest individual rise in overall shipments.If you're scratching your head wondering why Intel is the mix, it's because JPR takes into account both discrete and integrated graphics solutions. Most of Intel's CPUs feature integrated GPU cores, which is also true of AMD and its line of APUs.To help put things into perspective, consider that... Read more...
Big things are happening in graphics over at Advanced Micro Devices. That first became clear when AMD elevated Raja Koduri to head up its newly formed Radeon Technologies Group earlier this year, and in the two months since then, he's been busy planning out the future, which he recently discussed with industry analysts, according to Patrick Moorhead, an analyst who writes about disruptive companies, technologies, and usage models.Koduri expanded on what AMD's planning with its graphics driver software and how it will play a key role in growing the new RTG's business over the next couple of years. Part of that entails a new software architecture called Radeon Software Crimson Edition, which will... Read more...
Do you plan on building a new gaming PC this holiday season? If so, you may want to hold off on picking up a graphics card until you see how AMD's Radeon R9 380X performs. You won't have to wait long -- it's rumored that the mid-range graphics card will launch on November 15, 2015, or just over a week from now.There's a spattering of reports about the 380X on the web and all seem to point to the same source, a Korean-language website called Hardware Battle. According to the site, the card will feature a 28nm Antigua XT GPU with 2,048 Stream Processors and 4GB of GDDR5 memory pushing data through a 256-bit bus.Other rumored specs include 128 Texture Mapping Units (TMUs) and 32 Render Out Units... Read more...
When Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) introduced its Bulldozer architecture, it talked about the design being a "third-way" approach between symmetric multithreading (SMT), like Intel's Hyper Threading, and true multi-core processing where multiple discrete cores reside on a single die. Now AMD will have to defend its design and the way it was marketed because of a class-action lawsuit.The lawsuit, filed by Tom Dickey in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, alleges that AMD deceived customers by overstating the number of cores on its Bulldozer processors. With regards to Bulldozer-based processors sold and marketed as 8-core chips, Dickey and the lawsuit... Read more...
Today's a good day for for AMD. GlobalFoundries, the former manufacturing arm of AMD that became fully independent in 2012, announced today that it achieved "silicon success" with the first AMD products using a 14nm FinFET manufacturing process. Going forward, multiple AMD products will benefit from this. The 14nm FinFET process was developed by Samsung and licensed to GlobalFoundries last year as part of a strategic collaboration the two firms entered into. It was always the intention of GlobalFoundries to integrate 14nm FinFET technology into products for AMD, the latter of which is currently in the process of validating 14nn Low Power Plus (14LPP) production samples. "FinFET technology is... Read more...
An ongoing softness in the PC market continues to take its toll on Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which reported a $197 million loss in the third quarter of 2015. That's the bad news. And the good? AMD managed to increase its revenue to $1.06 billion, up from $942 billion in the previous quarter, and inked a deal that will give the company an additional $371 million in cash. AMD attributed the rise in revenue to "solid seasonal semi-custom and strong desktop processor and GPU sales." The semi-custom chips AMD refers to are those found inside a myriad of video game consoles. Overall, AMD's Computing and Graphics segment saw a 12 percent increase sequentially, but a steep 46 drop year-over-year.... Read more...
To anyone following the processor wars and PC landscape as a whole, it probably won't come as much surprise that Advanced Micro Devices, a chip designer headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, is reportedly planning to slash its workforce by around 5 percent. That works out to about 500 employees.The last official count from AMD had the company employing 9,469 workers. According to Bloomberg, the forthcoming layoffs are part of a restructuring plan. AMD is looking to streamline its multi-faceted operations and cut costs as it continues to lose market share to rival Intel, the largest semiconductor player in the world.On its next financial report, AMD will record charges of around $42 million... Read more...
Investors seem intrigued by the idea that Microsoft might be interested in acquiring Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), hence a modest surge in AMD's stock price. Shares of AMD spiked 14 percent to $2.10 with a lot of trading activity on Friday after reports of Microsoft's possible interest hit the web.In case you started the weekend early and ducked out of the Internet on Friday, news and rumor site Fudzilla said it heard from "industry sources" that talks between Microsoft and AMD about a buyout had become serious and that the discussion has been an ongoing thing for a while now. The news spread like wildfire.What makes the report even more interesting is AMD's recent decision to split its graphics... Read more...
AMD today added a third card to its Fury line that's arguably the most intriguing of the bunch, the Radeon R9 Nano. True to its name, the Nano is an incredibly compact card, though don't be fooled by its diminutive stature. Lurking inside this 6-inch graphics card is a Fiji GPU core built on a 28nm manufacturing process paired with 4GB of High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). Did you catch that we said this is a 6-inch card? It's a full 1.5 inches shorter than the Fury X, and unlike its liquid cooled sibling, there's no radiator and fan assembly to mount. This is important because AMD is pitching the Radeon R9 Nano as the fastest mini ITX graphics card on the block, and when you're dealing with mini ITX... Read more...
You may have noticed that the bigger the graphics card, the better the performance. It's not a hard and fast rule, though it often applies, or at least it used to. AMD is taking a big step towards reversing this trend of increasingly large graphics cards with the forthcoming release of its Radeon R9 Nano.The Radeon R9 Nano is based on AMD's Fiji GPU, same as found in the Radeon R9 Fury X and the "most complex and highest performance GPU" AMD has ever built, according to AMD CEO Lisa Su. It also uses AMD's fancy High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) architecture, which is a new type of memory chip with low power consumption, ultra-wide communication lanes, and a new vertically stacked configuration that... Read more...
It seems like we went for years without any real kind of innovation in the monitor market. For the longest time, if you wanted a high-end display, you shopped IPS panels topping out at 30 inches with a 2560x1600 resolution. And these days? You have monitors like the new ASUS MG278Q, a 27-inch WQHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate AMD's fancy FreeSync technology. This isn't a monitor that's aimed at graphics professionals. Instead, ASUS is targeting gamers with a TN panel that sports a low 1ms response time (gray to gray). Other features include a 2560x1440 resolution via DisplayPort and HDMI (or 1920x1080 at up to 120Hz via HDMI-2), 100,000,000:1 dynamic contrast rato, 350cd/m2 brightness, and... Read more...
Earlier this week, XFX sprung a leak which revealed its Radeon R9 390X graphics card to all. But as we all sit around eagerly awaiting the arrival of Fiji-based Radeons, this card unfortunately didn’t fit the bill. The R9 390X is little more than an R9 290X “Hawaii” re-badge with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. But for those of us that are still holding out hope for some fresh Fiji info, there’s an abundance of supposedly confirmed specifications for what will be AMD’s most powerful graphics card to date. Fiji will initially be available in both Pro and XT variants with the Fiji Pro dubbed “Fury” and Fiji XT being dubbed “Fury X.” To get a taste for how potent these news chips are, take a look at the alleged... Read more...
Someone at XFX screwed up and posted a press image of the company's forthcoming Radeon R9 390X graphics card on the product page for its Radeon R9 290X Double Dissipation Edition card. The slip up wouldn't be all that egregious for XFX, except that the leaked photo all but confirms the Radeon R9 390X will be a refresh of the 290X.While nearly all of the specs aren't visible in the press image, you can make out that it will ship with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. If that stands true, then the 390X won't be using AMD's Fiji GPU, as those graphics cards are limited to 4GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM).Also shown in the pic is that the 390X will come bundled with Dirt Rally and use the same cooler as the... Read more...
AMD on Thursday introduced the world to its A10-7870K APU, otherwise known as Godavari, though it's actually a light refresh of the existing Kaveri core. Codenames aside, the A10-7870K APU is a compelling option with a slight speed bump in clock frequency over the A10-7850K (3.9GHz to 4.1GHz versus 3.7GHz to 4.0GHz) and a big bump in the graphics core clock speed (866MHz versus 720MHz). If you're thinking about picking up the chip when it becomes available in June but don't know if it will work in your in your Gigabyte-brand FM2+ motherboard, you can put your mind to rest -- it will. It doesn't matter which specific model you own, Gigabyte says that its entire lineup of FM2+ boards... Read more...
AMD has just announced a new processor that will sit atop the leaderboard when it comes to FM2+ processors. The new processor, the A10-7870K APU, is priced at a respectable $137 and will be available beginning June 2. Before we start getting into the meat of this announcement, we must clear up a bit of confusion that is surrounding this release. AMD has given the A10-7870K the codename of Godavari, however, it is actually a light refresh of the existing Kaveri core meaning that it’s still using that microarchitecture along with a 28nm manufacturing process. With that out the way, let’s look at the A10-7870K for what it really is — a higher clocked version of the existing A10-7850K. You still... Read more...
AMD this afternoon kicked off is first Financial Analyst Day in three years. During the hiatus, AMD has had a change of leadership (former CEO Rory Reed parted ways and was replaced by Dr. Lisa Su) and the company has seen its market share erode in the processor and GPU markets — the downturn in the PC market has been especially tough for AMD. On the x86 side, AMD is pushing forward with the 2016 launch of processors based on its new Zen core. We briefly touched on Zen last week when slides leaked to the Internet, but AMD’s Mark Papermaster was on hand to give us some more juicy details on what to expect. For starters, Zen-based processors will bring with them a significant boost in absolute... Read more...
Holy 14nm, Batman! If the slides that have been appearing online are real, it looks like AMD will soon announce a new lineup of CPUs based on 14nm technology. The leaked roadmap slides appear to show AMD’s plans for both mobile and desktop processors in 2016.On the mobility side of things, AMD appears to have three new 14nm SoCs planned: Bristol Ridge, Basilisk, and Styx. The Bristol Ridge line will feature as many as four Zen CPU cores and will be the go-to for mainstream/performance devices. Basilisk and Styx, on the other hand, will be low- and ultra-low power units, respectively. Styx will usher in K12 microarchitecture. For desktops in 2016, AMD appears to be looking at 14nm all the way,... Read more...
Thanks to Kenny Rogers, every gambler now knows, 'You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em, know when to walk away, and know when to run'. Heeding that advice, AMD is exiting the dense server systems business, effectively folding its hand on SeaMicro, which it acquired three years ago for $334 million.AMD made the news public on Thursday when delivering its fiscal first quarter financial results. The Sunnyvale chip designer posted a net loss of $180 million on revenue of $1.03 billion, the latter of which is down 17 percent sequentially and 26 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago when it posted a profit of $49 million."Building great products, driving deeper customer... Read more...
There's an old adage that says you have to spend money to make money, and if that's truly the case, AMD better think long and hard about its investments, or lack thereof. According to a Chinese-language report, the Sunnyvale chip designer's quarterly R&D spending has declined since 2012 and is at the lowest level since 2004. Prior to that, AMD's spending was flat through 2011 before dipping down to $238 million, which is how much it spent on R&D last quarter. Meanwhile, rival NVIDIA has switched places with AMD over the past several years and has increased R&D spending to $348.25 million. That works out to about 31 percent of its revenue, versus AMD's 20 percent.Image... Read more...
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