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Intel's overall revenues continue to be excellent, but the company's report was marred by the continuing slump of Atom sales. Intel's Atom business slumped 32 percent year on year, total revenue in that segment was just $269 million in the third quarter. Sales have reportedly taken a hit from the increasing popularity of tablets and by manufacturers turning to AMD. Digitimes reports that vendors have looked to Sunnyvale to boost sales as the company's APUs are cheaper and offer better performance. Other companies are bumping up netbook features and moving to 12" screens while keeping a $399 price point. A quick check of Newegg implies that Intel doesn't have too much to worry about at this juncture.... Read more...
Earlier this year, Intel unveiled its plan to redefine the concept of a PC around an ultra thin-and-light chassis reminiscent of the Macbook Air and with a standard CPU TDP of just 15W. OEM reactions to the CPU giant's attempt to reinvent the personal computer have been mixed. For all the platform's theoretical advantages, price has been a major concern; the Macbook Air's $999 base price is nearly double the average selling price of a PC laptop. Historically, PC buyers have balked at the high price tags attached to then-current thin-and-light notebooks--such products may have niche value, but the idea of launching mainstream products built around the concept has made more than a few companies... Read more...
Multiple bits of CPU data have crept out from under the woodwork in the last few days; here's a roundup of what's making the rounds. On the AMD side of the equation comes a rumor that the company is about to stop producing Phenom II X2 and X4 processors in favor of moving consumers along to the Fusion-based A8 hardware. Currently, the two APU's in stock at NewEgg--the A8-3650 (2.6GHz, $119) and the A8-3850 (2.9GHz, $139) offer significantly slower CPU cores than the Phenom II X4 955 BE (3.2GHz, $119) and Phenom II X4 965 BE (3.4GHz, $134) they'd replace. TechEye, which relayed the rumor from Kitguru, claims that: "So far no one can think of a reason to restart the X2 and X4s" and implies AMD... Read more...
AMD's second-quarter results showed a small decline in sales revenue, but according to Mercury Research, a drop in ASPs year-on-year hid the smaller company's market share gains. AMD's total share of the x86 industry stood at 19.4 percent in Q2, up from 17.8 percent a year ago. Intel is estimated to have held 79.9 percent in Q2 2011, down from 81.3 percent last year. Dean McCarron of Mercury Research attributes AMD's gains to a mixture of low pricing on its older products and strong demand for the newer Fusion parts. The Llano APU has gained ground rapidly in mobile, which has long been a weak spot for AMD; historically, even when the company had strong desktop and workstation/server hardware,... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and a Half Geeks, Dave, Iyaz and Marco discuss Samsung's Droid Charge 4G Verizon LTE smartphone, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 560 GPU, the MSI Slim X370 AMD Fusion Powered Notebook, Nintendo's draconian EULA for the Gameboy 3DS and hints about our next contest and killer gaming rig give-away... Show Notes: 01:10 - Samsung Droid Charge 4G Verizon Smartphone Review 04:39 - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Debuts: ASUS and MSI 07:21 - Nintendo's 3DS EULA Raises Privacy, Content Ownership Concerns 11:32 - MSI X-Slim X370 Fusion Powered Ultraportable Review 15:51 - Contest Hints - A new gaming rig is coming soon.... 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...
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'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...
Swirling around inside MSI's newest Wind U270 notebook is AMD's "Zacate" E-350 dual-core processor. Zacate is the codename, of course, the E-350 being AMD's first fully integrated CPU-GPU combination, otherwise known as an APU, or Accelerated Processing Unit. And if you're stockpiling buzzwords, go ahead and add "Fusion" to the mix, which is AMD's marketing moniker for these parts. So we know the Wind U270 sports an E-350 processor inside, but what else is it packing? Take a look: 12.1-inch HD (1366x768) LED backlit display AMD Radeon HD 6310 discrete graphics 250/320GB hard drive 1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0 4-in-1 media card reader Stereo speakers 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, Gigabit... 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...
It's been a few weeks since Intel first announced that it was temporarily halting Sandy Bridge shipments to repair a chipset issue. At the time, we speculated that Intel's problems could improve AMD's quarter; a new ad campaign from the smaller manufacturer is proof that Sunnyvale agrees. Industry sources tell us that Intel's shipping difficulties have resulted in demand for AMD products. The company isn't offering specific figures at this point but expects to see some opportunity as a result.  We can't comment on what that means for Q1 revenue but it should be a major plus, though when AMD gave guidance last month it indicated Q1 would generally follow seasonal trends. AMD's ad... 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...
Both TSMC and GlobalFoundries have released new information on their respective plans for the next few years. TSMC has announced its intention to double its 2011 R&D capital expenditure to $700 million, while it simultaneously spends $7.8B over the next year in order to increase its manufacturing capacity by approximately 20 percent. This is presumedly over and above what the company has spent thus far on constructing its new "gigafab" foundry, Fab 15. TSMC began work on Fab 15 last summer, but the plant isn't scheduled to come online until 2012; TSMC is most likely building out capacity at an already established plant. TSMC's production growth over the past few years. Information provided... 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...
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...
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...
Welcome to the inaugural episode of “Two and a Half Geeks”, our re-vamped, weekly video podcast. In addition to our new look (which is still being tweaked!), in this episode we talk about the performance of AMD’s upcoming Zacate APU and Woz’s “quote” that Android is going to rule the world. We also go hands on with one of Apple’s new Macbook Air systems and discuss hacking the recently released Microsoft Kinect... Show Notes: 00:30 - AMD Zacate E-350 Processor Performance Preview 03:36 - Apple Co-Founder Delcares Android the Eventual Winner in Smartphone Wars 06:31 - MacBook Air Preview 09:13 - DIY Kinect Hacking Guide Released 11:27 - "Name our Webcast"... Read more...
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