Items tagged with Llano

AMD's John Freuhe posted a blog entry yesterday detailing the company's first efforts to deploy Fusion-style APUs in a server environment. Penguin Computing has built and installed a cluster of 104 Infiniband-linked servers, each powered by a Llano A8-3850 processor. The company claims that the single-socket, 2U server offers unique advantages thanks to the Fusion architecture's onboard GPU. With the Altus 2A00, Penguin is the first to bring AMD’s unique APU capabilities to the HPC community,” says Phil Pokorny, CTO Penguin Computing. “We are extremely proud of our successful... Read more...
This week has been a good news / bad news for Sunnyvale--but the bad, at least, was somewhat expected. The company gave notice today that its third quarter revenue would be lower than expected, with estimated quarterly income up 4-6 percent from Q2 levels. That's significantly less than AMD's original projection of ~10 percent, plus or minus two percentage points. The company's notice comes a month after rumors began that Bulldozer shipments might be delayed due to manufacturing problems. AMD announced it was shipping its server CPU, Interlagos, for revenue several weeks ago, but that announcement... Read more...
AMD and Intel are both preparing to launch new CPU architectures between now and the end of the year, but rumors have surfaced that suggest the two companies may delay their product introductions, albeit for different reasons. Taiwanese site DigiTimes refers to various unnamed "PC Players" who have apparently reported that Intel may push back the introduction of its Ivy Bridge processors from the end of 2011 to late Q1/early Q2 2012. Ivy Bridge is a 'tick' in Intel's tick/tock model; the 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge that's scheduled to incorporate an improved DX11-capable graphics core, support... Read more...
AMD has just announced availability of the new AMD A6-3500 APU for desktop systems, bolstering its current line-up of Llano-based Accelerated Processing Units with a more affordable model targeted at budget conscious, mainstream system builders. Unlike the first A8 and A6 APUs to hit the scene, which sport four execution cores, the new A6-3500 combines only three x86 CPU cores with 320 Radeon cores, and has a suggested retail price of $95.00. According to AMD, the A6-3500 APU will be available for purchase immediately through system builders and online retailers.     AMD Expands... Read more...
Earlier this year, Intel unveiled its plan to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air and with a standard CPU TDP of just 15W. OEM reactions to the CPU giant's attempt to reinvent the personal computer have been mixed. For all the platform's theoretical advantages, price has been a major concern; the Macbook Air's $999 base price is nearly double the average selling price of a PC laptop. Historically, PC buyers have balked at the high price tags attached to then-current thin-and-light notebooks--such products may have niche value, but the... Read more...
A few weeks back, AMD officially launched their Llano-based A-Series Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs, in both desktop and mobile flavors. If you’re unfamiliar with Llano, it’s AMD’s mainstream, low-power APU that fuses four x86 cores with a DX11-class graphics processor on a single piece of silicon. The current flagship APU in the desktop line-up is the A8-3850, which hums along at 2.9GHz, with 400 active Radeon cores, that operate at 600MHz. The A6-3650 we’ll be showing you here is built using the same piece of silicon, but this lower-end A6-series part clocks in... Read more...
A few weeks back, AMD officially launched their Llano-based A-Series Accelerated Processing Units, or APUs, in both desktop and mobile flavors. At the time, we covered the high-end variants of both A-Series offerings; our coverage of the desktop version A8-3850 APU and its companion chipsets is posted here and the mobile A8-3500M is detailed here. If you’re unfamiliar with Llano, we suggest perusing those two articles as they go into much more detail than we will in this piece. We won’t rehash many of the architectural details, but just for a quick refresher, Llano... Read more...
Multiple bits of CPU data have crept out from under the woodwork in the last few days; here's a roundup of what's making the rounds. On the AMD side of the equation comes a rumor that the company is about to stop producing Phenom II X2 and X4 processors in favor of moving consumers along to the Fusion-based A8 hardware. Currently, the two APU's in stock at NewEgg--the A8-3650 (2.6GHz, $119) and the A8-3850 (2.9GHz, $139) offer significantly slower CPU cores than the Phenom II X4 955 BE (3.2GHz, $119) and Phenom II X4 965 BE (3.4GHz, $134) they'd replace. TechEye, which relayed the rumor from Kitguru,... Read more...
AMD's second-quarter results showed a small decline in sales revenue, but according to Mercury Research, a drop in ASPs year-on-year hid the smaller company's market share gains. AMD's total share of the x86 industry stood at 19.4 percent in Q2, up from 17.8 percent a year ago. Intel is estimated to have held 79.9 percent in Q2 2011, down from 81.3 percent last year. Dean McCarron of Mercury Research attributes AMD's gains to a mixture of low pricing on its older products and strong demand for the newer Fusion parts. The Llano APU has gained ground rapidly in mobile, which has long been a weak... Read more...
AMD released its results for Q2 2011 today and the news was generally good, though not as strong as investors might have preferred. Sales revenue was $1.57B, down two percent from Q1 and five percent year-on-year. AMD notes that Q2 was a 13 week quarter as opposed to the 14-week Q1, but that's not something that hurt Intel's results. Operating income was $105 million, up from $54M in Q1 and down from $125M, year-on-year. The company reports that customer and OEM response to the Llano and Brazos APUs has been excellent, and the two platforms already account for more than 50 percent... Read more...
Windows 8's primary feature (at least thus far) is its ability to run on ARM processors and, by extension, its tablet-centric UI. According to analyst firm IHS-iSuppli, official Windows support will give the ARM architecture the ability to do what no other CPU design has ever done: break the x86 monopoly. "Starting in 1981, when IBM first created its original PC based on Intel’s 8088 microprocessor, the X86 architecture has dominated the PC market," said Matthew Wilkins, principal analyst of compute platforms for IHS. “Over the next generation, billions of PCs were shipped based on... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Dave, Iyaz and Marco talk about AMD's Llano A8-3850 APU for the desktop, Dell's Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop, Acer's Iconia Tab A500, and our recent SATA III SSD Round-Up with drives from OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, and Crucial, we have a little fun showing off an old Intel add, and we dropped a few hints about an upcoming system giveaway... Show Notes: 01:13 - AMD A8-3850 Llano APU and Lynx Platform Preview 04:06 - Alienware M14x Gaming Laptop Review 08:12 - SATA III SSD Round-Up: OCZ, Corsair, Patriot, Crucial... Read more...
With Bobcat and Llano launched, AMD has one more major product overhaul set for this year. The company's Bulldozer CPU will launch in the next few months, and after years of waiting, enthusiasts and IT industry analysts are both curious to see what AMD has in its high performance pipeline. A Turkish website, Donanim Haber, recently got its hands on what they claim is a Bulldozer FX processor--but while we're going to talk about the site's findings, we'd recommend readers take them with some caution. The new octal-core processor is an AMD FX-8130P running at 3.2GHz base speed, what's reported as... Read more...
AMD's Llano has now debuted in both mobile and desktop flavors to generally strong approval. While CPU performance significantly lags Intel's, Llano's GPU (officially labeled as the Radeon HD 6550D) steamrolls Intel's integrated Sandy Bridge in virtually every gaming benchmark. The two chips take a markedly different approach to CPU/GPU communication; said differences have a very real impact on performance results. Over at Real World Technologies, David Kanter has compared and contrasted the differences in how Sandy Bridge and Llano manage CPU/GPU intercommunication. As he writes: "The most novel... Read more...
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