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Recently, a smattering of products based on Zacate and its lower-power cousin, Ontario, have since begun trickling out to retail and we’ve gotten our hands on two of them for some in-house testing. Although they are based on the same AMD E-350 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), the Gigabyte E350N-USB3 and Zotac Zbox Blu-Ray AD03 Plus are two very different products. The Gigabyte E350N-USB3 is a mini-ITX mobo featuring an E-350 APU targeting the DIY crowd, while the Zotac Zbox is a sleek, highly-integrated, full-featured HTPC... AMD Fusion Hits Retail: Zotac and Gigabyte E-350s Tested... Read more...
We have been hearing about AMD’s Fusion initiative for what seems like an eternity. In fact, some of the very first posts regarding Fusion hit this site of ours way back in 2006. Many things have happened within AMD since those early announcements and rumors began swirling, most notably AMD’s acquisition of ATI.  However, it was only recently that AMD’s efforts with Fusion have actually beared fruit; at least fruit that’s ready for public consumption. Over the last few months especially, AMD has once again begun aggressively talking up Fusion and showing off a number of Fusion-based products, targeted at various price points and market segments. It was back in November... Read more...
We think J. Geils Band said it best, love stinks.  You know the deal; you love her, but she loves him, and he loves somebody else... you just can't win.  Well, our pals at AMD are there for us it appears.  We're the sensitive type here at Team HH and when the chips are down, apparently they've got our back.  Like a trusty ol' Wingman, they were ready today with some sweets and note of encouragement.  And hey now, perhaps a little hook-up with a cute little Southern Belle they know of in the family, down deep in the heart of TX?  Say no more!  We're feeling a bit more chipper already! High res available, for the steamy, naughty details... Instead of love, perhaps... Read more...
It's still January, and AMD is still focused on Fusion. There's no question that the APU is a huge step forward for the company, and in the never-ending battle with Intel, this kind of leap could be just what the doctor ordered. Today, AMD announced availability of the updated AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Software Development Kit (SDK) v2.3 with full support for the first AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units, OpenCL 1.1 and AMD's Radeon HD 6900 GPU range. The AMD APP technology enables AMD GPUs and CPUs to work together to run many demanding computing tasks faster than possible with just the CPU alone.The updated (v2.3) SDK (which was previously known as the ATI Stream SDK) enables... Read more...
AMD's Fusion APU launch was just huge for the company. It's a technology that they have been talking about for years now, and it has finally come to fruition. So it's okay if even weeks after launch, the company is still gloating about what their APUs are capable of. We'll cut 'em some slack -- it's a momentous month, and it's fair to bask in the glory a little longer. The company is now talking up the power saving nature of the new Fusion APUs, which can reduce carbon footprint by up to 40% versus prior generation products. The new AD E-350 APU is at the heart of the example, and it's being compared to the AMD Athlon Neo II dual-core processor in a recent carbon footprint study. The research... Read more...
Oh, the places Fusion will go. Or, the APU, at least. AMD's Fusion launch earlier this year has us more than eager to see companies embrace it. The Atom platform has needed real competition for years, and we're hoping that Fusion will be the product that finally offers it. But there's a much larger market out there than just the netbook and mobile notebook crowd. AMD's new Embedded G-Series platform is said to be the world's first and only APU for embedded systems, which integrates a new x86 core with a GPU and DirectX 11 support. The new Embedded G-Series is based on Fusion technology, and AMD claims that this solution will deliver a delivers a complete, full-featured embedded platform and using... Read more...
This afternoon, AMD announced that its current CEO, Dirk Meyer, would be resigning immediately. Dirk, who took the helm of AMD on July 18, 2008, has guided the company through the difficult 18 months since. As AMD's Board of Directors notes, "Dirk became CEO during difficult times.  He successfully stabilized AMD while simultaneously concluding strategic initiatives including the launch of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, the successful settlement of our litigation with Intel and delivering Fusion APUs to the market." What makes this situation unusual are all the things AMD doesn't say. The press release neither gives reason for Meyer's departure nor explains why Dirk is being ousted immediately after launching... Read more...
Cars have been "just cars" for an awfully long time. It's 2012, and we still feel that we're a century or more away from having surroundings like that of The Jetsons. But slowly, cars are becoming more and more advanced. Microsoft's SYNC system started things off a few years ago, and companies have obviously looked at that in order to copy that setup somewhat. Consumers are becoming more and more demanding when it comes to having technology within the vehicle, and while iPod playback and Bluetooth support is a great start, it won't be enough much longer. MOG, which currently hosts an on-demand music service, is now looking to spread their services into the automotive realm. The new platform is... Read more...
Call if a Fusion frenzy if you want (just don't confuse it with the launch title for the Xbox), because Acer's new Aspire One 522 is equipped with an AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). As a result, Acer says the Aspire One 522 is "ready for a next generation user experience and amazing HD Internet multimedia performance." Sounds groovy, and so does the overall spec sheet. The Aspire One 522 boasts AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics, which Acer claims will have no trouble slicing and dicing HD video with the latest graphics goodies, like DirectX 11, 1080p video output (via HDMI), and real-time image processing with auto color and contrast adjustment, and edge sharpening. Other features include... Read more...
One of the common concerns among users of AMD’s previous-generation mobile platforms is that they tend to run relatively hot in comparison to many of Intel’s offerings. And we’re not necessarily talking just about chip temperatures either, but rather the heat that radiated out to the notebook’s or netbook’s keyboard and chassis that could be felt by end users on their laps, hands, etc. Throughout the design phase of their next-gen Fusion-based mobile platforms, though, AMD was very mindful of power consumption—and hence thermal output—and at CES they are running an interesting demo that shows just how cool a trio of Brazos-based notebooks and netbooks... Read more...
VIA Technologies formally announced that its new dual-core, 40nm Nano X2 processors have been released. At present, processors are available to motherboards and OEMs, with systems available in Q1 of 2011. VIA will most likely have at least a few motherboards and notebooks/netbooks on display at CES, but the company has yet to name any major partners for these products. "The VIA Nano X2 processor arrives at a time when software architectures are now optimized for multi-thread computing," commented Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. "Improvements in semi-conductor fabrication means we can now double the number of processor cores while maintaining the same low energy... Read more...
We know it's hard to stay on the cutting edge of technology, particularly if you're trying not to go broke while doing it. But Zotac is definitely not waiting around for anyone with their latest release. It feels like just yesterday that we sat down and tested out a Blu-ray equipped HTPC from this very company, and now -- just months later -- a successor is being unveiled. The new Zbox AD03 series is yet another slim, sleek HTPC line of machines that have Blu-ray capabilities. But the major change here is the use of AMD's E-350 APU platform. That's right, Fusion! Already we're seeing Fusion used in new, strange places, and we have to confess that we love it. There's a 1.6GHz APU (dual-core) at... Read more...
At CES today, AMD will both launch its first Fusion Application Processors (APUs) and discuss the new platform's design wins. According to the CPU manufacturers press release, desktop, notebook, and netbook systems should be available now, with tablets and embedded options launching before the end of Q1 2011. "We believe that AMD Fusion processors are, quite simply, the greatest advancement in processing since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. "In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that... Read more...
It's official. Finally. The AMD Fusion APU era has begun, and it couldn't have possibly come at a better time. Intel has been able to capitalize in recent years, particularly with their Atom platform, due to having no real, shipping competition from AMD. But now, the war really begins. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, AMD officially announced a new class of accelerated processor that combines more compute capabilities than any processor in the history of computing. That's their wording to describe Fusion, a new range of Accelerated Processing Units. This new Fusion core incorporates a multi-core x86 CPU and a DirectX 11-capable discrete-level GPU into a single die. It's the... Read more...
The mystery! The intrigue! The suspense! It's all a part of AMD's latest thriller. It's coming to select cinemas near you soon, and it involves something pretty special: Fusion. AMD's Fusion APU has been making the circles for some time now, combining the power of a CPU and a GPU into one power plant. What's in store for consumers? Hard to say for sure, but CES 2011 should spill quite a few beans this week. Will Brazos change the computing universe? Will AMD have Intel running for the hills? Press play on the video below for the teaser of the year. At least so far in the year.... Read more...
AMD is headed to CES 2011 to celebrate the launch of the Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) and are inviting 20 Hot Hardware readers that will be in Las Vegas on the evening of Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 to join them! The party will include comic actor Joel McHale, known for his role as Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy series Community and as host of The Soup which airs on the E! network. Warming up the crowd will be Austin soul singer, Brother Magnum. The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. If you will be in Las Vegas on Tuesday January 4th, 2011 and you and a guest want to be a part of this fun event, please send your name and your guest’s name to AMDCES2011@bitecommunications.com.... Read more...
When we covered AMD's Analyst Day last week, there was a slide in Emilio Ghilardi's presentation that we didn't cover, but in retrospect , probably should have. Amid the usual slides of various supporting OEMs there was an unmentioned, unremarked Apple slide. When later asked if this should be taken as confirmation of a product launch, agreement, or future partnership, AMD said no. An increasing amount of evidence suggests that the two companies really might be working together on a future project—provided AMD didn't just blow its own foot off. According to Fudzilla, AMD and Apple will announce a deal in 2011 with Apple adopting next-generation 28nm Krishna processors. There's also mention... Read more...
Last week we brought you a detailed overview of AMD's first ever, fully integrated CPU-GPU combination born out of the company's "Fusion" technology initiative.  Dubbed the first ever APU or Accelerated Processing Unit, AMD's claimed goal is to offer a more balance and efficient low power platform for thin and light notebooks and netbooks.  The CPU codename is "Zacate" and the new mobile platform AMD has been developing, is internally referred to as "Brazos".  But we're sure you're not here to read buzz words and code names. The data we shared with you last week was pretty much everything we knew, short of performance metrics.  We know, no fun at all. AMD wanted that... Read more...
Last week we brought you a detailed overview of AMD's first ever, fully integrated CPU-GPU combination born out of the company's "Fusion" technology initiative.  Dubbed the first ever APU or Accelerated Processing Unit, AMD's claimed goal is to offer a more balance and efficient low power platform for thin and light notebooks and netbooks.  The CPU codename is "Zacate" and the new mobile platform AMD has been developing, is internally referred to as "Brazos".  But we're sure you're not here to read buzz words and code names. The data we shared with you last week was pretty much everything we knew, short of performance metrics.  We know, no fun at all. AMD wanted that... Read more...
Fusion has been a long time coming for AMD but it looks as if they may well have chosen the perfect entry point to release their first generation APU from the starting block.  The market is currently in what seems like a complete frenzy for anything to do with ultra-portable computing, from ultra thin and light notebooks, to netbooks and tablet PCs.  Consumers can't seem to get enough of the thin and sexy stuff and with AMD's first Fusion release, they've certainly chosen the right product segment to attack with a new low power processor.   Back in the September time frame, we gave you a quick look at AMD's upcoming processor codenamed Zacate.  Targeted at light mobile platforms,... Read more...
"Fusion." We've heard that word from the good folks at AMD for what seems like an eternity, to be perfectly honest.  Fusion is AMD's marketing moniker for the company's next generation of integrated processors with on-board graphics -- a "fusion" of the CPU along with the GPU into what AMD now affectionately calls an "APU" or Accelerated Processing Unit.  Fusion has been a long time coming for AMD but it looks as if they may well have chosen the perfect entry point to release their first generation APU from the starting block.  The market is currently in what seems like a complete frenzy for anything to do with ultra-portable computing, from ultra thin and light notebooks, to netbooks... Read more...
AMD always hosts an event in the shadow of Intel's Developer Forum, so it wasn't surprising to hear the company was demoing its upcoming Zacate processor this week. Zacate is the codename associated with AMD's 18W dual-core APU and will target the $500 notebook market. The second chip, Ontario, is a 9W APU that'll chase after Atom's business. According to AMD's Director of Fusion Marketing, John Taylor, Zacate-class APUs are ideal platforms for what he calls "no-compromise cloud computing." Why's that? He's glad you asked. Increasingly, we go online for collaboration and social interaction...Nowhere is this more evident than on social networking sites. These sites...often requir[e] quite a bit... Read more...
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