AMD Hints At Improved Software, Development Tools, and Linux Support In Hawaii

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AMD 2013 A and E-Series Kabini and Temash Mobile APUsA few months back, AMD announced that it had lured Raja Koduri back from Apple and installed him as the new Corporate Vice President of its Visual Computing division. Koduri was a long time AMD employee who left for Apple, but came back to AMD at a relatively tumultuous time. Why someone as prominent as Mr. Koduri would leave the most valuable company in the world for a struggling AMD had many people scratching their heads. But at AMD’s GPU Tech event currently taking place Hawaii, Raja explained why he came back and also hinted at some upcoming technology, which should be revealed soon.

AMD's Chris Hook Introducing Raja Koduri At Diamond Head

Raja claimed he came back to AMD due to the excellent IP the company has in its repertoire and due to the good people and culture at the company. He dismissed much of the recent doom and gloom—directed at both AMD and the PC market in general--and claimed AMD is poised for a comeback in his opinion. He also said it is his goal to better intermingle AMD’s hardware and software development teams as R&D budgets for software development have swelled in recent years.

AMD's Raja Koduri, Corporate Vice President of Visual Computing

While speaking at the event, which went down at the Diamond Head state monument, Raja also dropped a few hints about improving AMD’s software and drivers to address issues and improve the user experience for CrossFire and Eyefinity users, and said that Linux users would be happy with some upcoming news as well. Raja also quickly mentioned that AMD’s got some new tools in the works for game developers too, which would ease development on next-gen consoles (which use AMD hardware) and the PC and help the devs to leverage all of the features and capabilities of AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture.

Other than the few hints we’ve mentioned, there weren’t any juicy scoops to disclose, but stay tuned to HotHardware for more tomorrow. AMD will be Live Streaming an event in which many more details will likely be revealed.

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I won't believe this until I can play my xbox live games with Catalyst 13.4 and newer software/drivers. I really miss plating minesweeper, solitaire and mahjong on Windows 8.

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Same day nVidia says they will improve their linux support also. hah

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ECouts replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 12:47 AM

How about some improved hardware?

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Atticus14 replied on Wed, Sep 25 2013 12:49 AM

The rush toward better linux support may be due to SteamOS. If it's going to be successful Valve needs them to deliver.

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mhenriday replied on Thu, Sep 26 2013 9:19 AM

I, for one, would very much like to see improved AMD support for GNU/Linux systems ; perhaps then I could consider dropping an AMD graphics card into one of my boxes. Interestingly enough, the distros I run work just fine with my Nvidia cards (the latest a GeForce GTX 660), despite Linus' famous middle finger....


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