Items tagged with Kaveri

AMD has just announced a new processor that will sit atop the leaderboard when it comes to FM2+ processors. The new processor, the A10-7870K APU, is priced at a respectable $137 and will be available beginning June 2. Before we start getting into the meat of this announcement, we must clear up a bit of confusion that is surrounding this release. AMD has given the A10-7870K the codename of Godavari, however, it is actually a light refresh of the existing Kaveri core meaning that it’s still using that microarchitecture along with a 28nm manufacturing process. With that out the way, let’s look at the A10-7870K for what it really is — a higher clocked version of the existing A10-7850K. You still... Read more...
AMD updated its family of Kaveri-based A-Series APUs for desktop systems today. We first took an official look at Kaveri back in January, when we evaluated the A8-7600 APU. That particular APU is being re-launched today at a new price point, but AMD is also introducing a couple of new APUs as well, namely the A10-7800 and the A6-7400K. As their names suggest, the A10-7800 is a somewhat higher-end APU than the A8-7600 we initially evaluated, and the A6-7400K is a lower-end variant with fewer cores. We’ve got an A10-7800 in hand and have run it through an array of benchmark to show you what its performance looks like in comparison to a few competing chips... AMD Kaveri Update: A10-7800 APU... Read more...
AMD updated its family of Kaveri-based A-Series APUs for desktop systems today. We first took an official look at Kaveri back in January, when we evaluated the A8-7600 APU. That particular APU is being re-launched today at a new price point, but AMD is also introducing a couple of new APUs as well, namely the A10-7800 and the A6-7400K. As their names suggest, the A10-7800 is a somewhat higher-end APU than the A8-7600 we initially evaluated, and the A6-7400K is a lower-end variant with fewer cores. The Updated AMD Kaveri-Based APU Line Up - Find Them At Amazon The complete breakdown of AMD’s updated A-Series APU line-up is listed for you here. As you can see, the A10-7800 has 12 total compute... Read more...
AMD has had a tough time competing with Intel on the desktop lately, but when it comes to mobile technology, in the notebook arena, performance, value and power efficiency are measured against a very different yardstick.  That's not to say that CPU throughput and IPC isn't important in a notebook, not by a long shot, but multimedia performance in these highly integrated designs can matter much more than desktop designs where discrete graphics engines are easily accommodated. Back in January of this year, we covered AMD's launch of their Kaveri core-based A8-7600 APU.  Targeted for desktops and with integrated AMD GCN graphics on board, Kaveri also had a number of optimizations and enhancements... Read more...
AMD has had a tough time competing with Intel on the desktop lately, but when it comes to mobile technology, in the notebook arena, performance, value and power efficiency are measured against a very different yardstick.  That's not to say that CPU throughput and IPC isn't important in a notebook, not by a long shot, but multimedia performance in these highly integrated designs can matter much more than desktop designs where discrete graphics engines are easily accommodated. Back in January of this year, we covered AMD's launch of their Kaveri core-based A8-7600 APU.  Targeted for desktops and with integrated AMD GCN graphics on board, Kaveri also had a number of optimizations... Read more...
It's taken some time for hardware to gain an edge over software, and now that it's happened (for the most part, anyway), we're seeing a shift in the market place towards smaller computing devices. The mini PC movement has already begun, and whereas it may not have been possible to build a handheld-sized system capable of running all your programs smoothly, such a luxury has become a reality, which in turn is leading to unique form factors and configurations. One example is the Tango PC, billed as the "world's smallest most powerful PC." Tango PC's crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo has already been successful, with the project raising more than its $100,000 goal with 14 days still remaining.... Read more...
AMD has released its annual earnings report, and the news for the chipmaker is mixed but looking up. For the year, AMD saw revenue drop 2% from 2012 (from $5.42 billion to $5.3 billion), but the company had a solid fourth quarter in 2013 with $1.59 billion revenue which marked a 38% year-over-year jump from 2012. Much of that revenue came from sales of Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4. (Lest anyone forget that both of those very popular consoles run on AMD semi-custom hardware, that was a big win for the company.) AMD says that altogether, the Microsoft and Sony sold 7 million gaming consoles in two months. In addition, AMD did well in its Graphics and Visual Solutions... Read more...
Of all the rumors that swirled around Kaveri before the APU debuted last week, one of the more interesting bits was that AMD might debut GDDR5 as a desktop option. GDDR5 isn't bonded in sticks for easy motherboard socketing, and motherboard OEMs were unlikely to be interested in paying to solder 4-8GB of RAM directly on to their own motherboards to support AMD's chip. Such a move would shift the RMA responsibilities for RAM failures back to the board manufacturer. Given the limited upselling capabilities and low market share AMD currently enjoys, it seemed unlikely that Sunnyvale would consider such an option. A deep dive into Kaveri's technical documentation, however, shows that AMD did indeed... Read more...
Both Intel and AMD have quite successfully combined CPU and GPU engines onto single chips, but up to this point they have tended to work as autonomous islands. The CPU and GPU share some resources, but not a single memory pool. That changes today though, with the official launch of AMD’s Kaveri-based APUs, the first APUs to truly support heterogeneous computing. Kaveri combines AMD’s latest Steamroller CPU microarchitecture with a GCN-based graphics engine, with up to 512 stream processors. Peak CPU clocks will vary depending on model, but the graphics clock maxes out at 720MHz. These AMD desktop-targeted APUs will carry TDPs of 45W – 95W. AMD Kaveri A8-7600 APU Review The GCN-based... Read more...
Way back in 2006, after the ATI acquisition, AMD laid out its Fusion initiative and future plans to integrate a CPU and GPU onto the same processor die. The ultimate goal of Fusion was to seamlessly combine CPU and GPU resources into a single, cohesive compute engine equally adept at handling serial and highly parallel workloads. At the time, the idea seemed ambitious, but history has shown that more and more external resources have consistently been brought onto the CPU die (memory controllers, IO hub, etc.) and graphics would be no different. Since then, both Intel and AMD have quite successfully combined CPU and GPU engines onto single chips, but up to this point they have tended... Read more...
We had the opportunity to attend AMD’s press conference last night at the Consumer Electronics Show, where Lisa Su, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of AMD Business Units, talked about the company’s upcoming Kaveri APU and the new Apple Mac Pro, which features AMD FirePro graphics.   Kaveri APU Presentation     Apple Mac Pro with AMD FirePro AMD also talked about Project Spark, its holodeck-like Surround House where the company demonstrated gesture controls, surround computing, the capabilities of it FirePro graphics, and AMD's TrueAudio Technology. Also making an appearance at the event was Star Trek TNG's LeVar Burton who had a chance to talk about some... Read more...
Today is a big day for AMD. If you follow the company at all, you're probably aware that there's a new APU from AMD waiting in the wings. Today, AMD is disclosing more information about Kaveri, the first APU to support heterogeneous computing. Kaveri also includes a new CPU core, codenamed Steamroller, and the largest GPU we've seen in an integrated processor to date. This chip is particularly important for AMD because its the first major architecture update for AMD's big core program since Bulldozer launched in 2011... AMD CES 2014: Kaveri APU Is Imminent... Read more...
Today is a big day for AMD. If you follow the company at all, you're probably aware that there's a new APU from AMD waiting in the wings. Today, AMD is disclosing more information about Kaveri, the first APU to support heterogeneous computing. Kaveri also includes a new CPU core, codenamed Steamroller, and the largest GPU we've seen in an integrated processor to date. This chip is particularly important for AMD because its the first major architecture update for AMD's big core program since Bulldozer launched in 2011. This new APU includes the TrueAudio technology that AMD launched earlier this year with its Hawaii graphics cards, up to four Steamroller cores, and a total of 512 GPU... Read more...
There's a great deal riding on the launch of AMD's next-generation Kaveri APU. The new chip will be the first CPU to incorporate significant architectural changes to the Bulldozer CPU AMD launched two years ago and the first chip to use a graphics core derived from AMD's GCN (Graphics Core Next) architecture, which debuted on the desktop two years ago as well. A strong Kaveri launch could give AMD back some momentum in the enthusiast business -- and that's something the company could use. Now, leaked slides point to a Kaveri APU that's coming in hot -- possibly a little hotter than AMD anticipated. Kaveri's Steamroller CPU core separates some of the core functions that Bulldozer unified and should... Read more...
At APU13 today, AMD announced a full suite of new products and development tools as part of its push to improve HSA development. One of the most significant announcements to come out the sessions today-- albeit in a tacit, indirect fashion, is that Kaveri is going to pack a full 512 GPU cores. There's not much new to see on the CPU side of things -- like Richland/Trinity, Steamroller is a pair of CPU modules with two cores per module. AMD also isn't talking about clock speeds yet, but the estimated 862 GFLOPS that the company is claiming for Kaveri points to GPU clock speeds between 700 - 800MHz depending on whether or not the CPU's performance is considered within that 862 GFLOP figure.... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks Webcast, Iyaz, Dave and Marco discuss our hands and eyes-on time with the Oculus Rift, highlights from our Intel Developer's Forum coverage, Intel's Bay Trail Atom SoC, Apple's iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c announcements, give a sneak peek at a Haswell-based Intel NUC small form factor PC and more! Show Notes: 00:59 - Hands and Eyes On The Oculus Rift VR System 06:05 - IDF 13 Highlights: Broadwell, Kaveri, and More 12:34 - Betting On Bay Trail: Intel's Atom Overhaul Tested  20:22 - Apple Officially Unwraps Plastic iPhone 5C, Aluminum iPhone 5S, and iOS 7 31:37 - Intel Haswell-Based NUC Sneak Peek... Read more...
Although IDF13 is a decidedly Intel-centric event each year (obviously), it doesn’t stop numerous companies from camping out at nearby venues to steal away travelling tech journalists for a few moments of face time. Traditionally, AMD is one of those companies, and as you have probably guessed by now, we stopped in to see what AMD had on display.     As expected, AMD’s numerous demos all featured various APUs, which powered a number of notebooks, 2-in-1 devices, tablets, and AIO systems. Most of the rigs had been previously released, but we did catch a glimpse at an upcoming, touch-enabled MSI notebook and an MSI-built tablet as well that should be hitting the... Read more...
The story around AMD's upcoming Kaveri continues to evolve, but it's increasingly clear that the chip won't be available for retail purchase this year. If you recall, AMD initially promised that Kaveri would be available during 2013 and even published roadmaps earlier in May that show the chip shipping in the beginning of the fourth quarter. This was always surprising, but AMD adamantly stuck to the published roadmap and the Q4 2013 availability. Or at least, they did. What the company is saying now, in the wake of a rather confused DigiTimes story (more on that in a moment) is that while Kaveri will ship to customers (read: OEMs) in late 2013, it won't actually hit shelves until 2014. Whether... Read more...
This news has been a long time coming. It's been six years since Intel first began talking about Atom. When it was initially announced, the 45nm, in-order core, based on the Bonnell microarchitecture, was a new product from the ground up. It drew on Intel's expertise in other areas and shared some design elements with the original Pentium, but Atom was its own unique design. And for more than half a decade, Intel has kept that same design. Let's put that in perspective. In the desktop world, we were talking about Windows Vista, Core 2 Duo, and AMD's original Phenom. The Phenom II "Shanghai" refresh was still nine months away, Hector Ruiz was still CEO of AMD. In smartphones, the Cortex-A8 --... Read more...
For the past five years -- and it'll have been nearly six years by the time these new Atom CPUs come to market -- Intel has focused on improving power consumption, improving power consumption, and improving power consumption. Dual-core variants appeared on the desktop in fairly short order, and clock speed nudges have only bumped performance slightly higher. On the one hand, this has paid off tremendously. As someone who spent several weeks with an Intel-powered Gingerbread phone, I can honestly say that yes, you can put an Intel smartphone in your pocket, it works just fine, and battery life is decent. But there's no hiding the fact that Intel's Atom architecture is getting long in the tooth.... Read more...
AMD's upcoming Kabini SoC sits at the heart of the PlayStation 4, the next-generation Xbox 720 (unofficially), and is central to the company's tablet and laptop plans for 2013. It's also a key component of Sunnyvale's new embedded strategy, which is part of what makes the new crop of embedded products AMD announced today rather interesting. The new SoCs run the gamut from 9W - 25W and the majority are quad core. The new embedded chips are as follows: GX-420CA (quad-core, 2.0GHz, Radeon 8400E @ 600MHz, 25W TDP) GX-415GA (quad-core, 1.5GHz, Radeon 8330E @ 500MHz, 15W TDP) GX-217GA (dual-core, 1.65GHz, Radeon 8280E @ 450MHz, 15W TDP) GX-210HA (dual-core, 1.0GHz, Radeon 8210E @ 300MHz, 9W TDP) GX-416RA... Read more...
AMD announced its earnings today, with figures that generally reflected to poor state of the entire PC industry. Normally, this is where I'd delve into those figures and run the numbers. Not this time. AMD's conference call and Q&A session were interesting enough that the company's Q1 performance can be dealt with relatively quickly. The PC market was awful. AMD lost money. The company has enough cash on hand (thanks to selling its HQ in a lease-back arrangement) to make it through the second quarter. Computing solutions revenue really did take a hammering this quarter, falling to $751M (down nearly 40% year-on-year. The company didn't dwell on that fact, but  it's not a sustainable... Read more...
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