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Fudo over at The Inquirer reports that high-ranking ATI insiders are confirming that AMD will retain the ATI brand name for the next few years. Since AMD's acquisition of the company, the industry has run rampant with rumors that AMD would be discarding the ATI brand name though opting to keep the Radeon designation for GPU's. Should ATI's name remain in the industry, it will certainly make it easier for the company to continue selling chipsets for the Intel platform. Were AMD to discard the name and use "AMD" across all divisions, the days of seeing an ATI chipset for the INtel platform would be nothing more than a fond memory. Then again, Intel... Read more...
AMD ISSUES STATEMENT ON DELL DECISION TO BROADEN AMD PROCESSOR-BASED SERVER OFFERINGS AND EXTEND INTO AMD PROCESSOR-BASED DIMENSION DESKTOP PCs SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 17, 2006 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) released the following statement today regarding the Dell Inc. announcement that it intends to expand its relationship with AMD. In addition to a 4P AMD Opteron(tm) processor-based server, Dell plans to offer a 2P AMD Opteron processor-based server later this year and deliver AMD processor-based Dimension desktop PCs next month. "Dell's wider embrace of AMD processor-based offerings is a win for Dell, for the industry, and most importantly for Dell customers," said Marty Seyer, AMD senior... Read more...
When we asked AMD and ATI some questions about their impending merger, at one point we asked if there were any special plans in motion that would impact the mobile space in particular. The response we got what somewhat vague at the time, but some more details are emerging. According to this story on the INQ, AMD and ATI plan to integrate some low-power chipsets and discreet graphics processors into AMD's Turion mobile platform in an attempt to take on Intel's popular Centrino brand. "AMD'S BID to take on Intel's extremely successful Centrino platform will get a boost thanks to ATI's expertise in mobile computing. The chip maker's Turion 64 and Turion X2 CPUs may be good step forward... Read more...
The Inquirer reports that AMD is declaring that they have successfully had native quad-core processors tape-out and that the chips are targeted for a Q2 07 release. Known throughout the industry as the "K8L" architecture, these new quad-core CPU's will be compatible with all dual-core DDR2 Opteron motherboards. In stark contrast to AMD's native quad-core approach, Intel's "Kentsfield" architecture basically connects two native dual-core processors on the same package. Time will tell which approach will provide the best overall performance, though we will only have to wait until the end of the year to see how Intel's Quad-Core processors perform. "For new designs,... Read more...
DigiTimes reports that the highly publicized AMD notebooks which will be brought to market by Dell later this year will in fact be equipped with ATI graphics chipsets. At this time, it is not known how much influence AMD's recent acquisition of ATI had upon the decision to use Radeon Mobility GPU's. Interestingly enough, comments have been made surrounding NVIDIA's financial reports which would seem to indicate that these AMD-based Dell notebooks will actually be using NVIDIA's nForce chipsets. Could we end up seeing an AMD notebook from Dell which uses an NVIDIA chipset and an ATI GPU? With the notebooks slated to launch in late October or early November, we will know for certain... Read more...
The guys over at the Tech Report put AMD's new energy efficient X2 3800  up against Intel's Core 2 E6300. Both of these processors have low power draw, are cheap, and are at the bottom of their respective product lines. Those of you who are thinking about putting together a SFF or HTPC box should pay attention. "The Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Energy Efficient Small Form Factor, meanwhile, has a different mission in life. It's not bad on the desktop, with a WorldBench score better than a Pentium D 960 and decent performance in today's games. But the EE SFF can't keep up with the E6300 on the performance front, and it's not much of an overclocker, either. Instead, the EE SFF would... Read more...
AMDZone has a summary of Carmack's two hour heart-to-heart at Quakecon.  In that time he gave his thoughts on a broad range of industry topics, from Physics Cards, Multi-Core CPUs and the ATI/AMD merger to name a few.   "Multicore/multithreading he does believe that there is more benefit to it than widening SIMD. He sees the end to the great CPU clock up, and that threading is the way to go. They have had success to using threading with graphics renderer, but can improve it. Sound is another good possibility. The process of multithreading is difficult, but there are benefits. But when you can only thread 20% of a game you do not get a huge increase in peformance. Multicore... Read more...
AMD'S 50X15 INITIATIVE EXPANDS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN UGANDA - AMD shows power of the ecosystem approach; Teams with more than 15 organizations to narrow the digital divide in Africa - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 4, 2006 - A consortium led by AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched three digital inclusion programs in schools in and around Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. As part of the 50x15 Initiative, AMD is collaborating with the Ugandan Government, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and 13 additional organizations as part of the company's commitment to connect 50 percent of the world's population to the Internet by the year 2015. Led by African Heads of State and the African... Read more...
Your best friend Guttersnipe made some alarming predictions over at the Inquirer yesterday. While we think there's certainly a bit of truth spun in between this vicious thread, we'd suggest you read through this post with more of an entertainment value mind-set.  Sure, logically one would assume there will be a bit of workforce consolidation between the two companies, there's no big surprise there but the Inq boys sure do like to take things over the top.  It's all good... just consider the source.  And NO that's not a dig on our buds at the Inq.  ;) "What's been very amusing for the last 10 years, however, is how naive and disingenuous hardware sites... Read more...
Later on this year, Dell is expected to launch a plethora of AMD powered notebooks, using AMD's Sempron, Athlon 64, and Turion 64 x2 processors. Dell already has AMD based servers on the market, and AMD based desktops are expected to show up are September. "The first AMD-based models, which will likely be launched in late October or early November, will be 15.4-inch notebooks manufactured by Quanta Computer for the consumer notebook market, the sources said. Then, Dell will introduce 17-inch AMD-based models at the end of the year, the sources added."... Read more...
Intel has gotten a lot of good press lately in regard to their new family of Server, Desktop, and Mobile processors based on the Core Microarchitecture, but it wasn't enough to stop AMD's momentum in the server space.  C|Net is reporting that AMD has grabbed 26% of the server market thanks to the continued success of the Opteron. "Advanced Micro Devices is still making strides in the server market at Intel's expense as the larger company waits to see if a new processor can reverse its slide. AMD on Monday said it increased its share of the x86 server processor market to 25.9 percent, a number confirmed by Mercury Research's Dean... Read more...
If you've jumped on the Socket AM2 bandwagon and are looking to upgrade from AMD's stock CPU cooler, the crew at [H]Enthusiast have a round-up posted today that will be of interest. They take a look at a handful of AM2 compatible coolers from Scythe to Zalman, and two unit stood out from the rest. "So you've got a new AM2 based machine and you want to keep it cool, but you don't know what heatsink to use? We didn't either, so we tested seven coolers from six different companies to find out. Rather than just show you a graph with a bunch of temperatures we also take into account ease of installation, perceived noise levels and price. This way you can make an informed decision about which... Read more...
AMD teams up with Telmex to provide affordable internet connectivity throughout Mexico - Telmex Internet Box is affordable, easy-to-use solution for citizens of Mexico - Sunnyvale, Calif. - July 31, 2006 - Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) today announced nationwide availability of the Telmex Internet Box Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) for citizens across Mexico. Developed by AMD, the Telmex Internet Box provides an increasingly broad range of customers with a complete Internet experience, including hardware, software, Internet service and support. "Telmex is committed to bringing technology to the social sectors of Mexico with the highest needs," said Andres Vazquez del Mercado, director... Read more...
By now, we've all seen how Conroe performs. However, all the Conroe reviews circulating around the 'net have been centered around 32-bit applications where the Conroe is clearly king. Some people have taken note of this and many concerns about Conroe's 64-bit performance have been raised. The guys over at X-bit take a look at how the Conroe matches up to AMD in the 64-bit arena in an attempt to find some answers. "At the same time I would like to point out that it looks like Athlon 64 processors ensure higher performance increase when switching to 64-bit work mode. The average performance improvement we have seen from Athlon 64 FX-62 equaled 16%, while Core 2 Extreme X6800 demonstrated... Read more...
In the second week of August, Lenovo will become the first top-tier PC manufacturer to provide AMD based computers to large businesses in the United States, reports eWEEK.com. "Lenovo will position its new ThinkCentre A60 desktop to large businesses, a market that other top-tier manufacturers have yet to openly target with AMD-processor systems in the United States." Currently, PC makers only offer a few AMD-based systems in the United States and these are usually targeted at small businesses, although there is nothing stopping larger businesses from buying these machines.... Read more...
Once you've read our interview with AMD regarding the company's proposed merger with ATI, head on over to GD Hardware and see what some of the other major players in the industry have to say.  Some good information here. "We've been asking lots of questions from Industry folks for their take on the recent ATI/AMD merger announcement. We have comments from NVIDIA, Intel, id Software, Gas Powered Games, VoodooPC and Industry analyst Jon Peddie."  ... Read more...
Hello All.  We spent some sit-down time with a few folks close to the AMD and ATI merger, asked some probing questions and received some insightful answers in return. We dug in deep with AMD specifically and learned all there is to know currently and even got a hint of what the future might hold for the dynamic duo (no pun intended), now joined as one. Here's a snip... "In June at our analyst day in Sunnyvale, AMD introduced "Torrenza" and reinforced our commitment to an open architecture for third-party innovation. In the near term, 2007, we should be able to deliver new customer-centric, unified solutions for key market segments like mobile and commercial. For these market segments... Read more...
     Rumors have been circulating for weeks, but yesterday the two companies involved made it official. AMD and ATI announced that the two companies planned to merge in a deal worth approximately $5.4 billion dollars. The quote below from the initial press release reveals some of the combined entity's vision of the future... "On July 24, 2006, AMD and ATI announced a plan to join forces, in a transaction that will combine AMD's technology leadership in microprocessors with ATI's strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result is a processing powerhouse: a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its... Read more...
DigiTimes has managed to sit down with AMD's EVP Henri Richard to hear his comments regarding the company's recent acquisition of ATI. In short, it appears as though AMD sees several aspects of the industry which they needed to focus their attention on and be sure to participate in to remain a successful company in five years. Unfortunately, AMD did not have the means or ability to produce products in those areas. Fortunately, ATI managed to have a foot in several of those doors and the acquisition of the company will allow AMD to participate in markets which it otherwise have never been exposed to. Love it or hate it, you can't deny that this turn of events will certainly result... Read more...
Get 'em while they're HOT, new price cuts on Athlon 64 processors, Dual-Core and others, announced today!  Scroll down the page for that Energy Efficient 4600 at $276 - tasty. Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (socket AM2 only) $301 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (Energy Efficient*) $276 Athlon 64 X2 4600+ (socket AM2 and 939) $240 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (Energy Efficient*) $215 Athlon 64 X2 4200+ (socket AM2 and 939) $187 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Energy Efficient*) $176 Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (socket AM2 only) $152... Read more...
All of the rumors that have been circulating these past few weeks seem to have been true.  The official announcement of a merger of AMD and ATI is posted on both companies' respective websites. Major news here folks... "On July 24, 2006, AMD and ATI announced a plan to join forces, in a transaction that will combine AMD's technology leadership in microprocessors with ATI's strengths in graphics, chipsets and consumer electronics. The result is a processing powerhouse: a new competitor, better equipped to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers in commercial and mobile computing segments and in rapidly-growing consumer electronics segments. The transaction, valued at US... Read more...
By now you've probably heard all the buzz going on around the rumored AMD buy-out of ATI. CNN Money has a quick-take on the deal, which supposedly clocks in at a neat round number of about $5.5 Billion. Advanced Micro Devices, the No. 2 supplier of computer processors, is close to a deal to buy graphics chip maker ATI for $5.5 billion, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Any such deal would shake up the processor industry, which is witnessing a battle over market share between AMD and larger rival Intel... While some may look at this move as a bit over-priced or perhaps even overzealous, I'd offer a perspective to the contrary. Intel has enjoyed the advantage of,... Read more...
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