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Desktop videoconferencing may not be the most exiting thing in the computing universe, but there's no question that it's a booming business, and AMD's interested in getting a piece of that pie. The company just announced an investment in ViVu, as part of the AMD Fusion Fund program. That's set up to make strategic investments in companies that are "developing unique, digital consumer and professional experiences that take advantage of the power of the innovative AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) products." ViVu is a pioneer in the delivery of HD-quality video content to some of today's most popular devices, through its patented MXTP technologies. According to the release: thanks to... Read more...
From June 13 - 16, 2011, the first AMD Fusion Developer Summit, or AFDS, is being held at the Maydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Washington. According to AMD, attendees of the inaugural AMD Fusion Developer Summit “will have direct access to pioneers in heterogeneous computing, software developers, and top minds at AMD for learning opportunities and open dialogue on heterogeneous computing and the enhanced performance and processing efficiencies it enables.” Sound like fun? It sure does to us and we’d love to take a few of you along with us, so AMD has made it possible for team HotHardware to bring along 60 of our friends to the very first AFDS! Before we explain how to grab... Read more...
We expected AMD to talk about its upcoming Llano platform at the Computex trade show in Taiwan, and the chip maker didn't disappoint. AMD also talked about its Bulldozer platform that has enthusiasts chomping at the bit, saying the first Bulldozer products will ship in the third quarter of this year. But then, seemingly out of nowhere, AMD held up an engineering chip it's calling 'Trinity.' Trinity will be AMD's first Bulldozer-based APU. AMD was short on details, but speculation is that Trinity will probably sport eight cores and be compatible with the AM3+ socket. (Image Credit: computerbase.de) The name 'Trinity' has everyone wondering if there's any significance to the designation. One theory... Read more...
Wow. Big numbers out of the AMD camp, and we have to think that Intel is taking them seriously. Reportedly, AMD has sold through five million Fusion chips. For a company that just started shipping these things in volume at the start of this year, that's a mega milestone -- particularly in an economy where netbook sales are flagging. But with costly CULV machines seeming too expensive for what you get, the idea of buying a Fusion-based rig is very appealing. Each one that we have tested here has impressed us, and we've known since Fusion's launch that Intel's Atom finally had a real competitor. Raymond Dumbeck, product marketing manager for AMD's mobile products, was quoted as saying that AMD... Read more...
MSI's X-Slim lineup garnered industry-wide praise when launched a couple of years ago, and now the line-up is stepping up to Fusion. The X-Slim X370 is the company's newest ultraslim machine, and while it doesn't look too different than X-Slim machines of the past, the internals are definitely deserving of a closer look. The X370 is powered by a dual-core E-350 Accelerated Processing Unit, and it's joined by a very nice list of extras... MSI X-Slim X370 13.4" Fusion Powered Ultraportable Review... Read more...
There was a period of time last year where it seemed like every other ultraportable was based on Intel's CULV platform. At the time, we figured that was just the way it was going to be for a while with ultralight notebooks. But then, AMD finally got around to shipping some Fusion based APUs. And since then, the mobile space has been hopping with new activity. Consumers have never had such a wealth of notebook options to choose from, and with Fusion, prices are remaining reasonable and battery life is improving too. MSI's X-Slim lineup garnered industry-wide praise when launched a couple of years ago, and now the line-up is stepping up to Fusion. The X-Slim X370 is the company's... Read more...
Jon Peddie Research has released its Q1 2011 estimates, and the figures don't favor Nvidia. The research firm tracked strong gains for Intel and AMD (in terms of volume). AMD's total share of the GPU market rose to 24.8 percent, up from 21.5 percent a year ago (a gain of 24.8 percent total).  Intel came in at 54.4 percent, 9.7 percent higher than its Q1 2010 total of 49.6 percent. Both companies' gains were at the expense of Team Green—Nvidia's share of the market fell from 28 percent to 20 percent—a significant decline. This loss of share partly reflects NV's decision to exit the integrated chipset market, but it's also an ominous sign of things to come. Sandy Bridge and Llano,... Read more...
AMD has released its Q1 financials, giving us a look into the company's execution through what is normally considered a down quarter, as well as an opportunity to judge the impact of Brazos on the company's bottom line. The results are quite good relative to AMD's financial performance these past few years. The company reports revenue of $1.61B (up two percent from Q1 2010), a net income of $510 million, and an operating income of $54 million. AMD, therefore, is in the black—even if just barely. According to acting CEO Thomas Seifert, Llano is "the most impressive processor in history." Overall sales in Q1 were driven by demand for Llano products. "First quarter operating results were highlighted... Read more...
What began as a trickle -- as AMD finally introduced a shipping version of the long-awaited Fusion platform -- has turned into a steady stream, and we're definitely excited to see APUs, as AMD calls the product, finally making an impact. AMD had played up the idea of an Accelerated Processing Unit for years, and now, it's clearly a reality. Lenovo's ThinkPad X120e, which we reviewed a few months ago, instantly became one of our favorite ultraportables, and now HP has what appears to be a rival machine, of sorts. The HP Pavilion dm1z is an 11.6" machine, that is a touch larger than the myriad 10" netbooks already on the market, and honestly, we're struggling with what to classify this machine... Read more...
At this point, there's no shame in saying it: the floodgates have opened up for AMD's Fusion. What began as a trickle -- as AMD finally introduced a shipping version of the long-awaited Fusion platform -- has turned into a steady stream, and we're definitely excited to see APUs, as AMD calls the product, finally making an impact. AMD had played up the idea of an Accelerated Processing Unit for years, and now, it's clearly a reality. Lenovo's ThinkPad X120e, which we reviewed a few months ago, instantly became one of our favorite ultraportables, and now HP has what appears to be a rival machine, of sorts. The Pavilion dm1z is an 11.6" machine, that is a touch larger than the myriad 10" netbooks... Read more...
AMD is hosting its first AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS) this year, from June 13-16. The conference will focus on OpenCL and Llano's performance capabilities under various related usage models. Sunnyvale is billing the event as a chance to participate and learn from experts, all in accordance with the company's belief that: "the computing industry is quietly undergoing a revolution bigger than any change it has seen since the semiconductor was first introduced: the rise of GPUs and APUs." Llano's die (rotated 90, in this case. The DX11 cores are to the left and occupy a significant chunk of the die overall. One interesting twist is that the keynote address will be given by Jem Davies, currently... Read more...
Earlier this year, we gave you a taste or two of what AMD's new Fusion APU-based Brazos platform has in store for notebooks and netbooks.  We've since then followed-up with a review of retail shipping product and as we reported, we were genuinely impressed yet at again at what AMD's budding Fusion line-up had to offer.  These low power devices were all well and good, as they say, for those of you looking for something in an ultralight mobile platform, but what about something with a bit more muscle -- say in a quad-core variant perhaps?  It appears we're going to see what AMD is packin' in this area very soon.  Today in a blog post, AMD confirmed that their Llano APU is indeed... Read more...
Some might argue that the netbook's heyday is over, but there's still a growing number of them finding the market. In fact, we'd argue that the netbook may be on the rebound, thanks largely to AMD's Fusion platform. While Intel's Atom was revolutionary for its time, the chip never seemed to improve quickly enough. Even new Atom CPUs feel sluggish, and thanks to Fusion, Intel's in a spot now where they simply need to step up if they plan on matching pace. Dell's shown support for AMD in the past, but they're one of the last major companies to buy into Fusion; but hey, better late than never! The Inspiron M102z laptop has started to appear on Dell's international sites, which usually means that... Read more...
AMD's Fusion platform is easily one of our favorite silicon innovations, and compared to the Atom, we see lots of performance reasons to choose AMD. Now, MSI is issuing two new machines based on that very platform, one laptop and one desktop. First, the former. The CR650 media notebook is one of the few 15.6" notebooks out there shipping with Fusion, which proves that the dual-core Zacate E-350 APU is powerful enough to push machines that are larger than just the average netbook. The E-350 also includes AMD's Radeon HD 6310 discrete-class graphics, DirectX 11 support, MSI's own Turbo Battery+ power-saving technology (up to 6 hours of life), an HDMI output, a 720p HD webcam, and a 15.6" panel.... Read more...
When you finally ship a product you've been teasing for years, you can brag a little. It's okay. No one will be upset. In fact, we're still pleased that AMD finally came through with Fusion, and if they now need to gloat a bit on how much everyone likes it, well...go ahead! After the Fusion APU found its way into a number of nettops and notebooks earlier this year, and now it seems that leading ODMs are flocking to the company to follow suit. To date, nearly 24 unique ODM whitebook and high definition PC (HDPC) designs based on the AMD C- and E-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) are expected to be available for distribution and purchase in the first half of the year, and that's not too... Read more...
Well, this isn't completely unexpected. Fusion-io, a company that has been on a rapid growth pattern for years now in the flash storage market, has just reached the end of their term as a privately held company. Or, they will soon. Today, the outfit announced that it has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for a proposed initial public offering of shares of its common stock. This is the same company for which Steve Wozniak (Apple's co-founder) is acting in an advisory role has just issued their intentions to go public, and that could mean very big things ahead. As of now, there has been no decision made as to the quantity of shares,... Read more...
Sure, it's partially gloating, but it's also factual, and it speaks volumes about the bright future ahead for AMD's long-awaited Fusion platform. Consumers have literally waited years for Fusion to become a reality, and now that the Zacate APU is finally shipping in notebooks, it's still tough to believe this is all really happening. And now, AMD is making big wins in the software space; a vital warzone that you simply have to have support in if you want to gain overall market traction. The company announced this week growing support from the PC software community with more than 50 mainstream applications currently accelerated by the new AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units. Leading... Read more...
MSI always seems to make a splash at CeBIT, and this year is no different. The company is using the trade show to launch a slew of new machines, including a handful of All-in-One PCs. The 24" AE 2410, the 22" AE 2210, AE 2211 and AE 2240, as well as the 20" AE 2050 and AE 2070 are the latest Wind Top AE models, and they all utilize Intel's newest 2nd-gen Core processor family. If Intel isn't your cup of tea, AMD's new Fusion platform can also be ordered up, with all of the models 22" and up having THX TruStudio Pro audio and a 1080p panel. You'll also find goodies like USB 3.0 and "5.1" channel surround sound, but evidently MSI is waiting until after the show to get down to the specifics. We'll... Read more...
In this latest episode of Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz, and Marco discuss the upcoming OCZ Vertex 3 solid state drive based on SandForce’s SF-2000 series controller, the AMD Fusion-based Lenovo ThinkPad X120e ultraportable, Apple’s new Sandy Bridge-based Macbook Pros with Intel’s new ThunderBolt interconnect technology, and AMD’s recent disclosures regarding their upcoming 8-Core Bulldozer-based processors. We also pepper in a few reader questions and plug our current system giveaway, which is in its final days... Show Notes: 00:49 – OCZ Vertex 3 SF-2000 based SSD 03:55 – Lenovo ThinkPad x120e AMD Fusion Based Ultraportable 06:50 – Apple’s new... Read more...
By now most of you probably know that AMD’s Fusion technology bakes a CPU and GPU into one single piece of silicon.  And while we have already reviewed the E-350 APU by its lonesome, we've been patiently waiting for a system builder to integrate the chip into a retail-ready, ultra-portable notebook. Lenovo has become one of the first to do so, offering two configurations of the new ThinkPad X120e: a $399 build with the E-240 APU, and a $579 build with the E-350 APU, 4GB of RAM and a roomy 320GB (7200RPM) hard drive. Both use an 11.6" display and ship with Windows 7... Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Review: AMD Fusion Infused... Read more...
It's good to see that AMD's Fusion technology is finally shipping. The convergence of the CPU and GPU has been looming for some time now, and while there have already been a few CPU / GPU hybrids available form the likes of Intel, the thought of having another low-power, economical to produce, cutting edge CPU / GPU combo on a mobile platform is particularly exciting.  Over the course of the past 2-3 years, we've critiqued most of the major ultraportables and netbooks to hit the market. The vast majority of them relied on Intel's Atom, which has always been somewhat underpowered in most of its incarnations. The two areaa that Intel did trump AMD on the netbook front,... Read more...
In this episode of Two and a Half Geeks Dave Iyaz and Marco discuss the AMD's new Fusion low power processor in new retail-ready products the Boxee Box's latest updates NVIDIA's upcoming Kal-El quad-core Tegra mobile processor for tablets and handsets and OCZ's new blazing fast Vertex 3 Pro SSD. Show Notes: 00:50 - AMD Fusion Hits Retail: Zotac and Gigabyte E-350s 03:44 - NVIDIA Demos Next Generation "Kal-El" Quad-Core Tegra Mobile Processor 06:31 - OCZ Vertex 3 Pro SandForce SF-2000 Based SSD Preview 09:24 - Boxee Box Preview 13:44 - Chillin' Out With The HH Community Sweepstakes!... Read more...
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