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AMD-AMMIT! Hundreds face axe at chip maker as PC, graphics crash

Following a grim earnings report on Thursday, AMD has announced a restructuring plan that includes axing seven per cent of its workforce by the end of the year. The plan will see AMD issuing layoff notices to about 710 employees worldwide, and is expected to cost the chipmaker $57m in severance payments. "While decisions that …
Neil McAllister, 17 Oct 2014

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
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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
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Fusion motherboards beat AMD chips to market

AMD's desktop-bound A-Series Fusion APUs (accelerated processing units) haven't yet officially hit the streets, but that hasn't stopped manufacturers from punting motherboards intended for them. Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte have each announced mobos based on AMD's A75 chipset (née Hudson D3), with FM1 sockets ready to accept AMD's A- …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jun 2011

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 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
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AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

It’s fair to say that Intel has the very high end desktop processor market pretty much to itself, however, it’s a different story in the lower end of the food chain. Although Intel – through the sheer number of different processors it offers – seems to have it all its own way, AMD does make a good fight of it at a number of …
Simon Crisp, 28 Jun 2012
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AMD: Windows-8-on-ARM app compatibility is relative

The matter of whether existing Windows applications will run on Windows 8 on ARM – putting them on tablets – has been kicked back and forth a lot this year. Intel this spring pointed out that Windows applications running on x86 for PCs won't run on Windows 8 on ARM. Intel senior vice president Renée James, speaking at an …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Sep 2011
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AMD aims at big data crunchers with SeaMicro SM15000

Earlier this week, ahead of the kickoff of the Intel Developer Forum, cheeky AMD launched its next generation of microservers sporting both Intel and AMD chips and a revamped SM15000 chassis that links storage arrays directly into the system "Freedom" interconnect fabric at the heart of the SeaMicro system it acquired earlier …

'Super-secret' debugger discovered in AMD CPUs

A hardware hacker has discovered a secret debugging feature hidden in all AMD chips made in the past decade. The password-protected debugger came as a shock to reverse-engineers who have hungered for an on-chip mechanism for performing conditional and direct-hardware breakpoint operations. Although AMD has built the firmware- …
Dan Goodin, 15 Nov 2010
AMD Llano vs Intel Sandy Bridge

AMD Llano vs Intel Sandy Bridge

At first glance, AMD's 'Llano' CPU and Intel's 'Sandy Bridge' second-generation Core i platform look like blood brothers. They combine the CPU, a GPU and a memory controller all on a single 32nm die. So how do these laptop chips stand up against each other? To find out, we asked HP to send us two 15.6in Pavilion dv6 laptops, …
Leo Waldock, 03 Oct 2011
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IBM beefs System x with latest Intel, AMD chips

IBM's high-end System x line has been updated with the faster x64 processors from both Intel and Advanced Micro Devices. IBM has also updated the Opteron processors used in its BladeCenter blade servers as well. The "Dunnington" Xeon 7400 series chips were launched last September, sporting four-core and six-core variants aimed …
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Without Meyer, what will AMD do next?

Things seemed poised to turn around for AMD in 2011. But the abrupt departure of CEO Dirk Meyer on Monday afternoon – at the exact same time that rivals Intel and Nvidia ceased their hostilities and a week after Nvidia jumped into the processor racket – indicates that AMD's board of directors sees challenges that aren't obvious …
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Atop chief accused of selling stolen AMD chips

AMD has accused the chairman of Atop, a Taiwanese electronics firm, of masterminding the theft and re-sale of 60,000 dud chips earlier this year, according to police sources cited by local media. Atop chairman Chen Yue-han denies the allegations, Chinese-language newspaper the Liberty Times reports, by way of DigiTimes. The …
Tony Smith, 08 Mar 2005
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Dell embraces AMD chips for courtroom duty?

Dell has begun to offer AMD Athlon processors via its online store. But the decision has many people scratching their heads. Why would a computer maker with such a staunch Intel-only stance offer chips that can't even slot into its own products? And why would it fail to promote this change in policy if it's actually trying to …
Ashlee Vance, 09 Nov 2005
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AMD spins The Foundry, no thanks to apathetic investors

It's officially splitsville for AMD and its chip-making business. Yesterday, AMD shareholders gave final approval to spin the company's debt-dependent semiconductor unit into The Foundry Company, placing it under the wing of Abu Dhabi investors at the Advanced Technology Investment Company. By all means, it's a radical shift in …
Austin Modine, 20 Feb 2009
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AMD shoots low and wide with Opteron 4100s

The x64 server chip refresh cycle may feel done, but there's still one more to go to finish the work that Intel and Advanced Micro Devices started in March. AMD is getting ready to launch its "Lisbon" Opteron 4100 processors, which are slated for delivery sometime in the third quarter. When the twelve-core "Magny-Cours" Opteron …
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AMD talks energy with 'Llano' cores

While Intel is talking up its "Westmere" CPUs and their graphics co-processing, which puts a 45 nanometer graphics chip and memory controller inside the same chip package as a two-core Core processor implemented using 32 nanometer processes, rival AMD wants to change the subject to a truly integrated, single-chip CPU/GPU …
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Taiwan police seize suspect chips

Taiwan police raided the premises of Atop Electronics on 8 March, seizing 75,000 'suspect' AMD CPUs and 25,000 fake STMicroelectronics flash memory chips, local paper the Liberty Times reports, via Digitimes. The AMD CPUs are said to be worth TWD600m ($19.4m) and the ST chips worth TWD200m ($6.45m), the paper added, citing …
Drew Cullen, 10 Mar 2005
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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

The Osborne 1 – the first mass-market portable computer – turns 30 years old this month. And what better way to celebrate than by tearing one apart? One problem: I couldn't get my hands on an original Osborne 1. But I was able to tear into the next best thing: the slightly remodeled follow-on to the original, also known as the …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Apr 2011
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Intel used rebates to freeze out AMD, EC docs show

The European Competition Commission has released more of the evidence that lay behind its decision to fine Intel over a billion euros for abusing its market position and undermining competion in the chip market. The Commission quoted emails from Dell executives which made clear that its rebates from Intel were conditional on it …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2009
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AMD foundry spin-off breaks $4.2bn ground

Global Foundries*, the chipmaker spun-off by AMD earlier this year, announced on Friday that it had broken ground on its $4.2bn manufacturing facility in upstate New York. The huge plant bucks the growing trend for chips to be manufactured in Asia, and it's a significant gamble for Global Foundries and its prime investors: AMD …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Jul 2009

Toshiba gives price-cutting AMD the nod

Toshiba is to start shipping laptops with AMD processors, effectively bringing to an end its exclusive partnership with Intel. The computer giant said it will add AMD microprocessors and graphics chipsets in up to 20 per cent of its Satellite laptop models. It's a move that could bring significant savings for Toshiba which …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 May 2007

Intel chastises AMD for 'scorched earth' anti-trust attack

Intel continues to paint AMD as an annoying, over zealous whiner, as the two companies' anti-trust battle makes its protracted way to court. At present, Intel and AMD are arguing over who should be interviewed for this case. AMD wants to depose 206 executives from Intel and then 280 more people from the chipmakers' customers. In …
Ashlee Vance, 18 May 2008

AMD launches Phenom brand

AMD has launched the Phenom FX, X2 and X4 processor families - well, the name at least - pledging to ship the chips formerly known informally as the 'star' line in the second half of the year. Right now, AMD isn't saying much about Phenom, preferring to stress that it comprises "true" quad-core designs, unlike its arch-rival's …
Tony Smith, 14 May 2007
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Sledgehammer core could extend to all AMD chips

A student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado has written a preview of AMD's Sledgehammer which outlines its architecture and future, and poses intriguing questions on future directions in the x86 market. Tom Kerrigan says that the available information on the 64-bit Sledgehammer, which AMD hopes …
Mike Magee, 03 May 2000
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USB Bug found with fast AMD chips, Win98SE

People with AMD microprocessors running at clock speeds over 350MHz and who use Windows 98 Second Edition need a workaround if they're using USB devices. The Microsoft support site, which has a specific page on the problem here, is offering a downloadable file which it claims will solve the problem. According to the site, people …
Mike Magee, 24 Oct 1999
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Dell hooks up with AMD

Dell has done what many thought impossible and broken its Intel-only stance. The company today announced that it will pick up AMD's Opteron processor for use in servers - a move reported first by The Register earlier today. The Opteron embrace ends years of speculation about when Dell would finally give in and pick up AMD as a …
Ashlee Vance, 18 May 2006

McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets

Signature-based malware identification has been around since the dawn of the computer security industry, but McAfee has said it's dumping the system – or rather, adapting it – in an upgraded security suite which will (it claims) virtually eliminate susceptibility to botnets. McAfee's malware signature database has grown to over …
Iain Thomson, 26 Feb 2013
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AMD ups market share

AMD has increased its market share to almost 15 per cent compared to just over 10 per cent last year. Figures from Context Research show 14.8 per cent of desktop computers sold through dealers in the third quarter of 2005 were powered by AMD chips. That compares to AMD's market share of just 10.5 per cent in the same period …
John Oates, 08 Nov 2005
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AMD buys (a little) breathing room with Shanghai

Today, x64 chip maker Advanced Micro Devices will launch its "Shanghai" quad-core Opteron processors for servers and workstations, concurrent with its annual financial analyst day meeting and ahead of schedule by AMD's reckoning. The new chip - which offers more computing power, less heat dissipation, and better bang for the …
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Dell Falls for AMD - analyst

Forget a four-way flirtation. Dell is set to go the whole hog with AMD, according to a new report from Merrill Lynch. The financial analyst firm has Dell shipping PCs and notebooks with AMD Inside during the fourth quarter. Such a move would build on Dell's decision in May to add AMD's Opteron chip as an option for high-end, …
Ashlee Vance, 19 Jul 2006

Intel, AMD squeeze other x86 chip makers

AMD increased its share of the x86 processor market during Q3 2006, it has emerged. But fanboys hoping AMD's gain came at arch-rival Intel's expense will be disappointed: the chip giant's market share also rose sequentially. No, it's the lesser players who took the hit during Q3, according to figures posted by market watcher …
Tony Smith, 01 Nov 2006

AMD accused of patent violation

US chip-related intellectual property company Opti has accused AMD of infringing three of its patents, all centring on techniques microprocessors can use to predict cache memory access requirements. Opti's lawsuit, filed with the US District Court for the Eastern Texas, claims AMD is shipping CPUs that use such techniques and …
Tony Smith, 17 Nov 2006

Dell to betray Intel with AMD mobile chip embrace - analyst

Dell's embrace of AMD processors will turn from myth to reality by March, according to a financial analyst. Dell will begin by slotting AMD's chips into its notebook product line and then "likely" move to use AMD chips in servers and desktops as well, American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman said in a fresh note to …
Ashlee Vance, 31 Jan 2006
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New Intel, Motorola, AMD chips face off

The fur should be flying at this year's International Electron Device conference in San Francisco on 12 December as rivals AMD/Motorola and Intel climb atop the soapbox to present details of their rival 130nm processes in back to back presentations. Chipzilla's batting first at 1510 on the 12th, with AMD/Motorola following …
Andrew Thomas, 27 Nov 2000
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Intel reels in Cray's supercomputer interconnect biz

Intel really is taking networking and system interconnects very seriously, and is buying the interconnect hardware business from massively parallel supercomputer maker Cray for $140m. The move is something of a surprise to us outside of Cray, Intel, and the government supercomputer labs that pay the bills at the supercomputer …

AMD: We're not dead yet

AMD executives have tried to assure the world that the company's future is sunny, despite a few gray clouds of late, presenting the first ever benchmarks for its highly anticipated Barcelona chip, announcing plans for two new core designs, and saying that next-generation manufacturing technologies are proceeding on schedule. At …
Dan Goodin, 26 Jul 2007
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AMD wants Intel evidence from 30 firms

Chip maker AMD has won the backing of a Delaware court to preserve evidence held by third parties which may be relevant to its ongoing legal battle with Intel. The chip firm went to court in Delaware for Motion for Leave to Serve Document Preservation Subpoenas which was granted. This allows them to ask 30 named companies to …
John Oates, 04 Jul 2005

Dell launches AMD-based desktops

Dell has announced its first desktop PCs based on AMD chips. Both machines are pitched at entry-level business and mainstream consumer buyers. dell dimension c521 amd-based desktop pc The Dimension C521 and E521 are both offered with a variety of Sempron, Athlon 64 and Athlon 64 X2 processor options, all of which clip into …
Tony Smith, 14 Sep 2006
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Microsoft ARMs Windows for iPad assault (allegedly)

Microsoft is set to unveil a new incarnation of Windows that runs on ARM chips, according to a report citing two people familiar with the company's plans. Bloomberg reports that Redmond will announce an ARM-friendly version of Windows early next month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. According to Bloomberg's …
Cade Metz, 21 Dec 2010
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Supplies of Intel, AMD chips improving

Shortages of both Athlon and Coppermine Pentium III processors are decreasing, according to PC vendors close to the companies' plans. But there is still lack of supply on some parts, while smaller system integrators are likely to suffer the most across all processor speed ranges. Supplies of Intel Celerons at 500MHz and 600MHz …
Mike Magee, 04 May 2000

Dell refreshes AMD chip rumor with 'possibility' upgrade

Why should 2006 be any different from 2005, 2004 or 2003? That's right. It's Dell using AMD chips rumor time once again. It took less than two weeks for 2006 to be pumped full of the same rampant speculation that has followed the Dell and AMD non-relationship. As usual, Chairman Michael Dell lands at the center of the rumor …
Ashlee Vance, 10 Jan 2006
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Domino Dell denies it will use AMD chips

Fevered speculation that Dell, a major distributor of Intel technology, might be the last domino to fall to AMD with its Athlon microprocessor, was dampened down by an executive at the PC firm late yesterday. Kevin Rollins, a vice chairman at the Dull Corporation, told the Reuters wire that the reports were not true. He …
Mike Magee, 07 Apr 2000
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AMD CPUs to sport anti-fake holograms

AMD has become the latest chip maker to stamp its wares with a holographic stamp in a bid to beat processor pirates. The move, announced yesterday, follows the seizure two weeks ago of 60,000 dud AMD chips, originally due for destruction but rebadged without the company's permission in order that they might be sold as fully …
Tony Smith, 11 Jan 2005

AMD Radeon HD 4850 and 4870

The new AMD 'RV770' graphics chip that lies at the heart of Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 owes a great deal to the 'RV670' that we saw in HD 3850 and 3870. It uses the same 55nm fabrication process and continues to support DirectX 10.1, but the transistor count has risen from 666m to 956m. That’s a 44 per cent increase in the number …
Leo Waldock, 23 Jul 2008
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VIA ups AMD chipset FSB to 1GHz

VIA this week launched its latest chipset for AMD processors, upgrading its current K8T800 product to support a 1GHz HyperTransport-based frontside bus speed. AMD chips already support the 1GHz FSB, but still work with the older 800MHz bus. VIA is essentially catching up with the CPUs. The new part, the K8T800 Pro, also boosts …
Tony Smith, 07 May 2004
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NEC rejects AMD subpoena demands

NEC has hit back at AMD's attempt to subpoena the computer maker to provide evidence in the chip maker's antitrust case against its arch-rival, Intel. NEC this week filed with the US District Court of Delaware a series of formal objections to the various subpoenas issued earlier this month by AMD lawyers against its …
Tony Smith, 29 Jul 2005

AMD confirms 90nm CPUs ship

AMD has begun shipping its Oakville 90nm low-power Mobile Athlon 64 processor to paying customers, the chipmaker said yesterday, confirming earlier reports that it has begun 'revenue shipments' of its 90nm CPUs. Making Oakville available to customers fulfils AMD's promise to deliver revenue shipments of 90nm products in Q3 2004 …
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2004
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IBM using AMD in its servers?

A recent posting on a Yahoo! message board has sparked a rumour that IBM is planning to use AMD chips in its new server. An IBM executive was flying back from Germany and got into a conversation with an interested party, apparently a 102 year old man called Sevnotrump. During the conversation the IBM exec let it slip that the …
Lucy Sherriff, 26 Feb 2001