Sees Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) improvements as key to achieving target “25x20”
Advanced Micro Devices earlier this year got slapped with a shareholder class action lawsuit for allegedly overstating the sales prospects of its first generation Llano APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) — chips that house the GPU and CPU on the same die —between October 27, 2011 and October 18, 2012. However, the company, which is confident that it did not commit any violations of Federal Securities Laws in making those statements, does not plan to abandon the practice of making positive statements about the future of its APUs anytime soon. The company is now saying its APUs could end up becoming 25x more power efficient than they currently are by 2020.
Future APUs will feature a "dramatic" improvement in energy efficiency
According to AMD, there are 3 billion PCs and 30 million computer servers that use more than 2.5 percent of all energy consumed. With that in mind, AMD today went public with a goal to deliver a 25x improvement in the energy efficiency of its Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) by 2020. If AMD is able to reach its goal, it would represent a significant improvement over the 10x gain in energy efficiency it achieved during the past 6 years.
Today's a big day for AMD, and perhaps the start of a new era. That's because AMD just introduced the world to its new 2014 lineup of performance mobile APUs, codenamed Kaveri, which will slip into power efficient laptops and high-end notebooks. The new mobile APUs also represent the debut of AMD's Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture for mobile devices.
Remember being introduced to Beema and Mullins? You're forgiven if you don't recall -- the introduction came last year during AMD's Developer Summit event. At the time, AMD said it planned on making the mobile parts available before Computex 2014, and holding good to that promise, AMD has officially launched its 2014 low power and mainstream line of APUs formerly known by their codenames Beema and Mullins.
Amended agreement includes $50 million in additional purchase commitments
AMD bumped up its purchase commitments with GlobalFoundries in 2014 by about $50 million. Under terms of the amended Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA), AMD expects to pay $1.2 billion in all this year, though what's interesting is that the deal is no longer limited to traditional CPUs and APUs; it now includes GPUs and semi-custom game console chips, such as those found in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4.
It's on like Donkey Kong between AMD and Intel in the low-cost computing space. In the blue corner is Intel with its Bay Trail platform, and in the green corner is AMD, which just introduced its AM1 platform featuring a socketed quad-core or dual-core Kabini SoC. Put another way, take a Kabini APU and combine it with a socketed FS1b motherboard with a pin-grid-array (PGA) and you have the AM1 platform.
The analytical folks at Jon Peddie Research (JPR) say there's evidence to show the graphics market may have bottomed out and is now slowly recovering, though cautioned it's still a bit premature to make any concrete determination. That said, graphics shipments increased 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, which is the second quarter in a row that shipments have been up sequentially.
The boys and girls at AMD officially launched the company's 2014 A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) with integrated Radeon R7 graphics. You know the parts by their codename "Kaveri," which AMD says is representative of a major architecture improvement. Kaveri sports completely redesigned cores, new Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, new accelerators, and enhanced power management on a new 28nm manufacturing process.
Double the performance with AMD’s security processor in tow
Bye-bye Kabini and Temash. Hello Beema and Mullins. Those are the names for AMD’s two new mobile APUs announced at the APU13 Developer Summit. The promises are lofty: twice the performance per watt and PC gaming in a tablet.
Following up last week's unveiling of AMD's A10 6790K APU, the Sunnyvale chip designer has settled on a suggested price point for the new part. In addition, AMD added prices for its FX-9370 and FX-9590 processors for the AM3+ platform, plus shaved in the neighborhood of 13 percent off the price of three existing A6 and A8 Series APUs, bringing each one down to below $100.