After years of designing chips exclusively around x86 architecture, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) is now waving around an ARM license that it intends to use to build 64-bit ARM-based processors for the server market, the Sunnyvale chip designer announced. The first of these will be 64-bit multi-core System-on-a-Chip (SoC) parts optimized for energy efficient servers found in large data centers.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) recently unveiled new FM2-based A Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units), and as you know, that usually means a price cut for existing chips. Indeed that's the case, according to DigiTimes, which claims to have heard from un-named sources entrenched in the motherboard business that previous generation APUs about to about receive some sweet price reductions. Let's have a look.
Chip designer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on late Thursday warned investors that its third-quarter revenue will probably dip 10 percent from the previous quarter because of sluggish demand and a consumer preference towards tablet PCs. After hearing the news, AMD's stock took a beating, dropping below $3 per share to the lowest it's been in three years. The stock dipped even further today and is currently trading at around $2.86.
Look out Intel, because Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) also intends to wrestle ARM in the mobile space. The Sunnyvale chip designer just unveiled a new Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) designed for performance tablets and small form factor (SFF) PCs, the AMD Z-60. It's a low power chip that promises all-day battery life along with "stunning graphics" and support for the latest Windows 8 applications, AMD says.
In what's being described as "just the beginning of Intel's effort in the tablet market," the world's largest chip maker unveiled its Atom Z2760 processor (codenamed Clover Trail) for Windows 8 tablets. According to Intel, the spunky Atom chip allows for the thinnest, lightest tablets built on the company's architecture -- as thin as 8.5 mm and 1.5 pounds -- and lends itself to long lasting battery life, enough to watch 10 hours of local HD video.
If you just assumed your next high-powered gaming notebook would sport Ivy Bridge inside, you should take a gander at MSI's new GX60 notebook. This thing sports a potent AMD foundation consisting of a quad-core A10 series "Trinity" processor (A10 4600M) flanked by a Radeon HD 7970M GPU. On paper, it's a solid looking one-two punch, and just the beginning of what appears to be a well-rounded gaming laptop.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor player, wasted no time in talking about its energy-efficient Haswell microarchitecture at Tuesday's Intel Developer's Forum (IDF). Haswell is positioned to be Intel's Ivy Bridge successor, and it will bring significant power savings to the PC party, with some chips sipping a mere 10 watts of power. With Haswell, PC makers will continue to push the envelope with thinner and increasingly powerful notebooks and tablet PCs.
Having debuted late last year with 2nd generation Intel Core processors, ultrabooks moved to 22nm Ivy Bridge chips back in June. But all along, it has been said that ultrabooks will truly come into their own when Intel launches Haswell, its first true system-on-a-chip (SoC). The launch of Ivy Bridge’s successor is still far off, but we will soon have a fair idea of what Intel has in store for us.
AMD's newly appointed CTO Mark Papermaster provided the public with its first glimpse of its upcoming Steamroller x86 CPU core. Steamroller represents the third generation of AMD's Bulldozer architecture, succeeding Piledriver (second generation) with improved parallelism, increased performance, and more instruction cache, which will lead to 30 percent fewer cache misses and a 20 percent reduction in mistaken branch predictions.
Samsung today took the mobile world by storm by introducing its new Exynos 5 Dual SoC (System-on-Chip) manufactured on a 32nm High K/Metal Gate process. It features the world's first ARM Cortex A15 dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and is capable of driving WQXGA (2560x1600) displays, paving the way for a new generation of tablets that trump the much hyped Retina display on Apple's third gen iPad device.