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Industry vet Buxton retires from AMD 'not from life'

AMD European channel director Andrew Buxton is planning to grow old disgracefully after retiring from the CPU and GPU maker. For nearly three decades the man has fought the fight against Intel, starting in 1985 as a field sales engineer. "29 years was enough and it is time to work for myself. I am retiring from the IT industry …
Paul Kunert, 08 Apr 2014

AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014

AMD's 64-bit ARM-based server chips, code-named "Seattle", will come to market late this year – but don't expect to see them wrapped up in any SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems at launch. "We've reached a significant milestone in our ambidextrous strategy," said AMD CEO Rory Read, using the company's term for its two-fisted x86 …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2014

AMD teases workstation pros with 16GB FirePro W9100 graphics card

AMD has been showing off a new monster graphics card that it hopes will be one in the eye for Nvidia – and secure its fortunes in the face of a dwindling PC market. AMD W9100 AMD's new power card for the 4K set (click to enlarge) The new W9100 carries whopping 16GB of DDR5 memory with a bandwidth of about 320GB/s, and can …
Iain Thomson, 26 Mar 2014

AMD starts year, checks watch, hurries out Warsaw Opterons

Chip fiddler AMD has delivered two new Opteron chips for data centers keen on getting their mits on low-cost servers built to Facebook's "Open Compute" design. AMD's new 16-core Opteron 6370P AMD's new Opteron 6370P – 16 cores, no waiting (click to enlarge) The new Opteron 6300 chips, code-named Warsaw, were announced by …
Jack Clark, 22 Jan 2014

AMD demos 'Berlin' Opteron, world's first heterogeneous system architecture server chip

AMD will give the first public demo of its second-generation Opteron X-Series server processor, code-named "Berlin", at the Red Hat Summit in San Francisco on Wednesday. The company tells The Reg that the demo will consist of X2100 Series Opteron running a Linux environment based on the Fedora Project. Berlin is not one of your …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Apr 2014

AMD posts $1.4bn in sales, beats Wall Street moneymen's predictions

AMD has announced its financial results for its first fiscal quarter, and the chip designer handily beat analysts' expectations in both revenues and the all-important – to the Wall Street moneymen, at least – earning per share (EPS). On both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis – which excludes one-time items* – AMD reported revenues of $1 …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Apr 2014

AMD unveils Godzilla's graphics card – 'the world's fastest, period'

AMD has unveiled a massively powerful, water-cooled graphics card that it says "manhandles today's and tomorrow's games in maximum settings at 4K resolution." AMD R9 295X2 graphics card with cooling system Two fans and a closed-loop cooling system keep the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 from melting down "The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2014

AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop

AMD has migrated terabytes of information from an Oracle Database installation to an Apache Hadoop stack, claiming Oracle's pricey software was suffering from scaling issues. The chip maker's chief information officer, Jake Dominguez, revealed further details of the transfer in a chat with The Reg. "Within the common Oracle …
Jack Clark, 24 Mar 2014

AMD will fling radical 'Kaveri' chips onto streets in January

The desktop version of AMD's next-generation accelerated processing unit, an APU code named "Kaveri", will hit the streets on January 14, the company announced at its developers conference, APU13, in San José, California, on Monday evening. AMD's upcoming 'Kaveri' processor - overview Kaveri: AMD's next big thing incorporates …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Nov 2013

Players, insert coin: PlayStation 4, Xbox One top up AMD's coffers

AMD's provision of processors for Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 consoles appear to have worked its magic on the chip maker's bottom line. The company's revenue for its fourth quarter of 2013 came in just above analysts' estimates, and significantly above its earnings for the same quarter in its previous fiscal …
Rik Myslewski, 21 Jan 2014

AMD avoids a red-ink-stained quarter for once, market says 'meh'

Perennial chip challenger Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has posted a profit for the third quarter of 2013, a turnaround that has failed to excite investors. The good news is that AMD hauled $US1.46bn through the door during the quarter, which means it was in the black by $95m, or 0.06 per share, according to generally-accepted …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2013
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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

AMD today rolled the dice on a risky proposition: enthusiasm for ARM-powered servers in the data center. The announcement fleshes out what the vendor outlined last June. It's an idea that looks high-risk from several angles: the number of server vendors in the word has just shrunk again with Big Blue exiting the x86 server …

AMD fools Wall Street, posts smaller loss than expected

A day after its competitor Intel posted financial results for its most recent quarter that came in slightly below analyst's estimates, AMD bucked that disappointing trend – but it's not quite out of the woods yet. AMD reported its second quarter results on Thursday after markets closed, and reported a loss of $0.09 per share ( …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Jul 2013

AMD announces 'world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU'

AMD has announced what it dubs "the world's first commercially available 5GHz CPU," the FX-9590. "The new FX 5GHz processor is an emphatic performance statement to the most demanding gamers seeking ultra-high resolution experiences including AMD Eyefinity technology," wrote AMD client-products headman Bernd Lienhard in a …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2013
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AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

LibreOffice, the open source office suite created by disaffected Oracle developers, has signed up Advanced Micro Devices to the free software cause and plans to add the chip company's GPU acceleration system to the code base. The Document Foundation (TDF), which produces LibreOffice, already has Intel on-side for silicon and …
Iain Thomson, 03 Jul 2013

Cash-strapped AMD drills for green gold in Lone Star State

Processor bakery AMD will sell off and lease back its offices in Austin, Texas, to raise $164m in much-needed cash. The chipmaker will sign a 12-year lease on the "Lone Star Campus", with an optional extension clause if the firm decides to stay on at the location. It's not the first time that AMD has shifted some real estate to …

Hey coders – get a sense of hUMA: AMD to free GPU from CPU slavery

AMD is to manufacture microprocessors that connect their on-board CPU and GPU components more intelligently than ever before. The upcoming chips will utilise a technique AMD calls Heterogeneous Queuing (hQ). This new approach puts the GPU on an equal footing with the CPU: no longer will the graphics engine have to wait for the …
Tony Smith, 22 Oct 2013

AMD lawsuit claims spying ring took secrets to Nvidia

AMD is suing four former managers for intellectual property theft, claiming that they set up a spying ring within the company before jumping ship and joining its rival, Nvidia. "This is an extraordinary case of trade secret transfer/misappropriation and strategic employee solicitation," reads AMD's court filing in Massachusetts …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jan 2013

AMD's beating HEART of Internet of Things: 64-bit ARMs head for gadgets

AMD has announced the roadmap for a chunk of its business that's critical to its effort to "transform" the company from its dependence on PCs and x86 servers: the embedded market. Perhaps one indication of AMD's aggressiveness can be deduced from the code names of its next four embedded parts – they're all named after birds of …
Rik Myslewski, 10 Sep 2013

AMD's chip-supply reassessment leads to big quarterly losses

AMD has released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, and as expected, the numbers aren't pretty. In early December, AMD slashed its Wafer Supply Agreement with its chip-baking partner, Globalfoundries, and warned investors that it was going to take a sharp hit due to that action. They were right. If that …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jan 2013

AMD's newest chip: Another step toward 'transformation'

AMD has added a new low-power chip to its embedded lineup in its ongoing effort to transform from a maker of client and server chippery into a company that earns 40 per cent or more of its revenue from embedded and "semi-custom" chips. "We're filling out the family," Arun Iyengar, VP and general manager of AMD's Embedded …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Jul 2013

AMD posts mediocre numbers, cites 'difficult market environment'

AMD released its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013, which bracketed the Wall Street moneymen's predictions with revenues a tad higher than forecast and the all-important earnings per share (EPS) a tad lower.* For the quarter, AMD's EPS number came in at negative $0.19 on revenues of $1.09bn, the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2013

Nvidia, AMD tout 12GB GPUs for supers ... But ONE question remains

The battle of the big-memory GPU cards targeted at HPC and the data center is now well underway, with AMD having unveiled its FirePro S10000 12GB Edition card, and Nvidia announcing its 12GB Tesla K40 GPU accelerator card today. Nvidia Tesla K40 GPU card Nvidia Tesla K40 ... Double your pleasure, double your GDDR5 memory ( …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Nov 2013

AMD details new low-bucks, high-oomph graphics cards

AMD has announced more details on some members of the two new series of Radeon graphics cards it introduced as last month came to a close – the R7 and R9 lines – each based around the company's Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and Mantle low-level API optimizations, and introducing AMD TrueAudio technology. The cards aren't …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Oct 2013
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AMD's SeaMicro: 'We're the mystery vendor behind Verizon's cloud'

Verizon's ambitious new cloud services sit on an undisclosed number of 512-core SeaMicro appliances from AMD, casting doubt on the conventional belief that clouds can only be made of pizzabox servers provided by low-cost suppliers. AMD announced the collaboration on the SM15000 appliances on Monday, and the partnership …
Jack Clark, 07 Oct 2013

AMD adds open source driver support for next card launch

Ahead of the launch of its Radon HD 8800 graphics cards, AMD has put drivers for the cards into the open source world via the Mesa graphics library. Noticed by Phoronix, the driver is simply described as a candidate for the Mesa 9.1 branch, adding support for Oland chips, and is signed off by AMD’s Alex Deucher. The HD 8800 …
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AMD pins future growth to embedded marketplace

AMD has announced a new range chips for embedded devices, and said it hopes that 20 per cent of its revenues in Q4 2013 will come from that market, rather than the 5 per cent currently. Embedded chips are one prong of AMD's new pitchfork of profitability along with servers and ultra-low power tablet chips. The chip giant is …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2013

AMD bites bullet, slashes chip orders

The slumping PC market has put the hurt on AMD to the extent that the struggling chipmaker has sharply reduced its Wafer Supply Agreement (WSA) with its chip-baking partner, GlobalFoundries. AMD estimates that it will purchase $115m worth of wafers from GlobalFoundries this quarter under the amended WSA. The previous agreement …
Rik Myslewski, 07 Dec 2012

AMD releases new 'Elite' laptop chips

AMD has released its latest A-Series laptop chips, codenamed "Richland" and replacing the "Trinity" chips released last spring. Is it a giant leap from Trinity to Richland? Well, no, but the new chips are clearly a step forward – if, in some cases, only incrementally. Before we dig into Richland's upgrades, a refresher course …
Rik Myslewski, 12 Mar 2013

ARMed warfare on the server: Intel versus AMD plus world?

Underdog, disrupter and casualty – AMD’s been on a rollercoaster ride in its battle against Intel. AMD rose on the strength of its 64-bit, x86-compatible server processors as Intel was penalised on Itanium; Intel re-bounded with the Xeon E5 as AMD got dragged down by IT spending cuts and problems with its Barcelona Opterons. …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Oct 2012

AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough

AMD has released details on its implementation of The Next Big Thing in processor evolution, and in the process has unleashed the TNBT of acronyms: the AMD APU (CPU+GPU) HSA hUMA. Before your eyes glaze over and you click away from this page, know that if this scheme is widely adopted, it could be of great benefit to both …
Rik Myslewski, 01 May 2013

AMD is 'transforming', will be profitable this quarter, says CEO Read

AMD has entered phase two of its "restructure, accelerate, and ultimately transform" realignment project, says company president and CEO Rory Read, who sees brighter days ahead. "With our restructuring complete, our focus in the second half of the year is on continuing to accelerate our business," Read told the analysts and …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jul 2013

AMD lowers revenue expectations in run up to Q3 report

AMD has announced lowered expectations for its third-quarter financial results, with revenues declining 10 per cent from the previous quarter, down from the 1 per cent – give or take 3 per cent – that it had previously projected. "The lower than anticipated preliminary revenue results are primarily due to weaker than expected …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Oct 2012
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Red-faced chip-fryer AMD pulls blog offline after hackers munch 32KB

AMD's blog was taken offline after a hacker broke into the chipmaker's site and lifted a small number of user credentials. Black hat hacking crew r00tbeersec subsequently uploaded 189 usernames, a similar number of email addresses and and what seems like PHPass-hashed passwords, which it claims were swiped from AMD's WordPress- …
John Leyden, 20 Aug 2012
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AMD snubs hackers' tiny package, will fix raided blog

AMD hopes to heave its blog back online soon after hackers broke into the site. The chip fryer downplayed the attack, and said a small number of encrypted account passwords were lifted. The records were subsequently dumped online in a 32KB file by the blog raiders. Nonetheless AMD has reset its scribes' login credentials as a …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2012

AMD taps gamer and ex-Nvidia exec to run its channel

Chip-maker Advanced Micro Devices continues to rejigger its executive team to reflect changes it is making in its business to attack new markets and get its channel partners peddling current and future products. On Monday, the company said in a statement that it had tapped Roy Taylor to head up its global channel sales. Taylor …

AMD posts $157m loss, will lay off 15% of workers this quarter

One week ago, AMD warned investors that its financial results for its third quarter of 2012 were going to be worse than it had previously estimated, with revenues down about 10 per cent from the previous quarter rather than the 1 per cent, plus or minus 3 per cent, that they had forecasted earlier. They were spot on – not that …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2012
The Roadrunner two-socket, Open Compute motherboard designed by AMD and friends

Financial firms start lining up for AMD Roadrunner systems

For more than a few large-scale data center operators and supercomputer centers in the world, AMD's Opteron processors are still an important part of their infrastructure. But over the past few years, as Intel has got its Xeon act together and AMD has had some issues (to put it politely) the tier-one server makers have not …

AMD's 'Revolution' will be televised ... if its CPU-GPU frankenchip Kaveri is a hit

AMD has released its long-awaited Kaveri processor, the first accelerated processing unit (APU) to incorporate both on-die CPU and GPU cores in a heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) with a shared memory architecture. AMD Kaveri - overview Behold Kaveri, in which CPUs and GPUs are equal 'compute unit' partners (click to …
Rik Myslewski, 14 Jan 2014

AMD alllllmost promises profitability by year end

AMD, slapped around by what CEO Rory Read and other corporate honchos like to refer to as "the challenging macro environment," looks to regain profitability in the second half of this year. On a conference call with analysts and reporters after announcing its weak financial results for its fourth quarter of 2012, AMD CFO …
Rik Myslewski, 23 Jan 2013
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AMD shutters German Linux lab, gives devs the axe

Struggling chipmaker AMD has shut down its Dresden, Germany-based Operating System Research Center (OSRC), handing pink slips to most of its Linux kernel developers in the process. Rumors of the site's closure had been bouncing around the open source community for several days, owing in part to ominous posts to Linux kernel …
Neil McAllister, 07 Nov 2012
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AMD palms PCs with LiveBox miniature desktop

AMD is making a splash at Computex this week with its own mini PC setup, the AMD LiveBox. Powered by one of AMD's X86-based Fusion chips, the LiveBox boasts 1GB of RAM and Radeon HD 6200 graphics. The model on display features 64GB of SSD storage, which can be expanded through the Box's memory card reader. One standout feature …
Caleb Cox, 08 Jun 2012
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CFO Seifert finds AMD's executive exit door, walks through it

The personnel changes in AMD's executive suites continue with the resignation of the company's CFO, Thomas Seifert, on Monday. "Seifert's departure is not based on any disagreement over the company's accounting principles or practices, or financial statement disclosures," the company assured investors in a statement announcing …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Sep 2012

AMD's three new low-power chips pose potent challenge to Intel

AMD is showing off its latest round of APUs – accelerated processing units that combine compute and graphics cores on the same slice o' silicon – that it hopes will be reinforcements in its battle for the consumer market against its main competitor, Intel, especially at the low-power end of the market. "We're working to position …
Rik Myslewski, 23 May 2013

AMD said to hire JPMorgan Chase to explore its options

Well, that didn't take very long. Reuters reports that chipmaker AMD is doing the old "exploring its options" routine, and has hired investment bankers at JP Morgan Chase to help it do that exploring. According to the report – which cites the usual "sources familiar with the situation," and in fact says it has three different …
The Register breaking news

Moles say Sony eyeing AMD for PlayStation 4 chips

Sony seems set to switch graphical allegiances for its PlayStation 4 console after erstwhile AMD staffers hinted that the processor designer may be heavily involved in the next-generation console's development. The PlayStation 3 currently utilises GPU technology from graphics guru and AMD arch-rival Nvidia, former AMD employees …
Caleb Cox, 23 Feb 2012
The four-socket Moonshot server card from HP using the Opteron X chip

AMD chalks up Opteron X design win on HP Moonshot hyperscale system

Hewlett-Packard is making no promises about when it will be delivered, but the company is showing off a multiple-node server cartridge for its "Redstone" Moonshot 1500 chassis using the "Kyoto" Opteron X processor from Advanced Micro Devices. More precisely, Andrew Feldman, general manager of the server business unit at AMD, has …
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AMD smacked by channel slump in Q2

The bean counters at AMD have done a first pass on the company's second quarter, and it is not looking so good. The company said in a statement after Wall Street called it a day on Monday that revenues in the second quarter ended in June would fall by approximately 11 per cent sequentially from the first quarter. AMD had …
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AMD launches Android app store for Windows PCs

AMD has launched a new web portal designed to connect users with applications and games to run on their AMD-powered Windows PCs – including some 675,000 Android apps, thanks to a partnership with virty Android vendor BlueStacks. Announced on Thursday, AMD AppZone is a showcase for software that has been optimized for AMD Radeon …
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2012

As promised, AMD posts disappointing financial results

AMD has released its financial results for its second quarter 2012, and as they had warned earlier this month, revenues dipped by 11 per cent from the previous quarter, hitting $1.41bn. "Overall weakness in the global economy, softer consumer spending and lower channel demand for our desktop processors in China and Europe made …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jul 2012