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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.... 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... 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... Read more...
After being poked at for having such staggered driver releases, it appears that AMD is done messing around. A mere two weeks after the company released its 15.9 Catalyst driver, it's hitting us with 15.10. As with the previous driver, this one is also considered a beta. Given the short period of time between these latest driver releases, 15.10 doesn't bring too much to the table. The lone performance enhancement hits Ashes of the Singularity, a game in which AMD has been shown to offer superior performance over NVIDIA. Given that, it's no surprise that the company's continuing to refine things... Read more...
In case it hasn't been noticeable enough, within the next few months, virtual reality is going to hit the market hard. The most anticipated headsets, such as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, are set to come out in early 2016, and it's expected that a bevy of content will stream out to the market at the same time. While there's still much up in the air with regards to pricing and availability, we'll no doubt be learning a lot more about that before the end of the year. To have a good gaming experience in general, a good gaming PC is needed. But when VR is concerned, that reality is amplified. You need... 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... Read more...
AMD has today announced a brand-new series of APUs that it targets at business use. Called AMD PRO, these A-series chips are designed to offer great performance and the dependability business environments require. A major focus of AMD PRO is rock-solid Windows 10 support. While overall, Windows 10 support is going to be expected, AMD is making a major commitment to make sure that when businesses roll out a new fleet of laptops with Microsoft's latest OS, it's going to be as stable as can be, and also offer important features businesses want, such as refined control over their company-issued machines.... Read more...
We learned late last week that the beta launch for the hugely anticipated Star Wars Battlefront will drop on October 8. That means just one thing: both AMD and NVIDIA have scrambled to get their engineering teams to churn out optimized drivers. As it so happens, AMD is the first out the door with one. This isn't a huge surprise, though, as the company seems to be keeping well in tune with the game's developers. This past summer, during the company's Fury family reveal, it helped wrap the event up with an exclusive trailer for Battlefront. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if AMD announced a... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware’s Two and a Half Geeks, Marco, Paul and Dave discuss AMD's small but powerful Radeon R9 Nano, the Alienware X51 R3 SFF console-killing PC, the Intel-powered ASUS ZenPad S 8 tablet, hint at an upcoming giveaway. and lots more... Show Notes: 01:45 - AMD Radeon R9 Nano Review13:14 - Alienware X51 R3 Review22:00 - ASUS ZenPad S 8.0 Review28:35 - High Schooler Arrested For Homemade Clock That Looks Like a Bomb39:46 - Logitech MX Master Mouse46:19 - Upcoming Giveaway Hints... Read more...
AMD has just lost another one of its great employees, legendary chip designer Jim Keller. Interestingly, AMD managed to lure Jim back to its stable just over three years ago, and at that time, it felt like the burst of hope we needed that AMD would in fact become competitive in the CPU market again. Well, that hope isn't quite waned because of Jim's departure, because he was brought on to help with AMD's next-gen Zen architecture, which has yet to be released. That's due next year and could very-well prove to be a very competitive offering. At least, we sure hope so, because AMD is long overdue... Read more...
Information about the AMD Radeon R9 Nano has been trickling out for months. Even before it was officially shown off at a swank event adjacent to E3 earlier this summer, some pictures and preliminary details regarding the R9 Nano leaked to the web. Since its official unveiling, we’ve also revealed a plethora of information about the latest Radeon R9 300 series and the other products in AMD’s current line-up—the Radeon R9 Fury and Fury X—that are powered by the same Fiji GPU as the Radeon R9 Nano. And yet, the diminutive card still has a bit of mystique around it and the hardware community at large... 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... Read more...
If you thought that news of Windows 10 downloading in the background without your knowledge was the biggest bombshell to come out of Redmond, Washington today, then you’re sorely mistaken. A very interesting rumor is making the rounds that has the possibility to send shockwaves through the entire computing industry. Microsoft is reportedly in talks to acquire AMD, which would make things quite interesting not only in the CPU sector (where AMD has played second fiddle to Intel for years), but also in the graphics sector (where AMD dukes it out with NVIDIA). For all its efforts to stand up to Intel... Read more...
If there’s one constant in the tech industry, it’s change. Well-rounded and highly sought after executives come and go, either moving from between tech firms or departing the industry altogether to pursue other interests (ahem, Steve Ballmer). Even tech companies themselves go through a metamorphosis of sorts, as we’ve seen a once powerhouse in the graphics industry, 3Dfx, become swallowed up by its fiercest rival, NVIDIA. Chipmaker AMD would later go on to acquire ATI — a pairing at the time that seemed a bit odd to many industry observers. AMD has once again come to a crossroads with respect... Read more...
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