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AMD 32GB GPU

AMD announced Friday a 32GB FirePro W9100 workstation graphics card. The card, says AMD, has been built to help with “large-asset” workflows and will be ready later this quarter. Also, the chip firm has introduced the FireRender plug-in for Autodesk 3ds Max, which it said supports Ultra HD workflows and photorealistic rendering …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2016
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The Steve Jobs of supercomputers: We remember Seymour Cray

Before Steve Jobs, there was Seymour Cray – father of the supercomputer and regarded as something close to a God in the circles he moved in. Jobs’ Apple Computer is reputed to have bought one of Seymour’s massive machines back in the day: a Cray, to design the brand-new Macintosh personal computer. This would have been a …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2015
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AMD rattles Nvidia's cage with hardware-based GPU virtualization

VMworld 2015 AMD has used the VMworld conference in San Francisco this week to take wraps off a new, hardware-based GPU virtualization tech for virtualized workstations. Known as the AMD Multiuser GPU, the chipmaker claims it can allow up to 15 virtualized desktops to share a single graphics processor without any loss of performance. The …
Neil McAllister, 01 Sep 2015

Pray for AMD

We were warned, but AMD's second-quarter results were still a shocking bloodbath, with revenue that missed analysts' estimates and came in even lower than the chipmaker's own revised guidance. Last week, we were cautioned to expect AMD's revenue for the period ending on June 27 to be down 8 per cent sequentially, contrary to …
Neil McAllister, 16 Jul 2015
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AMD looks at sinking sales, gulps: It's worse than we thought

Struggling chipmaker AMD warned investors on Monday that its second-quarter results, which are due to be announced on July 16, will be lower than previously expected. During a conference call with financial analysts at the end of the company's previous quarter in April, AMD chief financial officer Devinder Kumar said he …
Neil McAllister, 06 Jul 2015

JavaScript CPU cache snooper tells crooks EVERYTHING you do online

Four Columbia University boffins reckon they can spy on keystrokes and mouse clicks in a web browser tab by snooping on the PC's processor caches. The exploit is apparently effective against machines running a late-model Intel CPU, such as a Core i7, and a HTML5-happy browser – so perhaps about 80 percent of desktop machines. …
Darren Pauli, 21 Apr 2015

Remember SeaMicro? Red-ink-soaked AMD dumps it overboard

Tattered AMD says it's done with its SeaMicro server division, following a grim quarter that saw the ailing chipmaker weather losses beyond the expectations of even the gloomiest of Wall Street analysts. In guidance issued alongside AMD's earnings report for the first quarter of its fiscal 2015, CFO Devinder Kumar said the …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015

Judge greenlights class-action suit accusing AMD of securities fraud

A US federal judge has given the green light for a class-action lawsuit accusing AMD of securities fraud over the chipmaker's alleged failure to inform investors of problems with its manufacturing. The suit, first filed in January 2014 and amended in June of that year, accuses AMD of willfully misleading investors by …
Neil McAllister, 01 Apr 2015

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

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

RSA 2013 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

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 …
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2012
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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 …
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AMD and Intel mainstream desktop CPUs

Review 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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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 …
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Intel stretches HPC dev tools across chubby clusters

SC11 Supercomputing hardware and software vendors are getting impatient for the SC11 supercomputing conference in Seattle, which kicks off next week. More than a few have jumped the gun with product announcements this week, including chipmaker Intel. No, Intel is not going to launch its "Sandy Bridge-EP" Xeon E5 processors, which …
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AMD Llano vs Intel Sandy Bridge

Review 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

Now Windows 8 goes into the ring to face Apple's iOS

Analysis Does Windows 8 mean Microsoft can finally close the technology and credibility gap with Apple, putting a touchable mass-market version of Windows on tablets? Less than 24 hours after Microsoft released an incomplete preview of Windows 8, some say "yes". Apple ushered in the post-PC era, but Windows 8 is the post-post PC era, …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Sep 2011
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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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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 …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jun 2011
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GlobalFoundries shuffles top brass

Advanced Technology Investment Company – the moneybags of the Abu Dhabi government that bought foundries from Advanced Micro Devices in 2008 to become a player in chip manufacturing – is shuffling its top brass as it prepares to pump more money in the business and knock its foundries into shape. The executive changes at ATIC …
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Apple reportedly plans ARM shift for laptops

Apple may - and we emphasis that last word - have decided to transition its laptops from Intel processors to ARM-based CPUs Intel certainly has a fight on its hands in the media tablet market, currently dominated by ARM chippery, but does it need to worry about the laptop space too? It will if the allegation about Apple, made …
Tony Smith, 06 May 2011
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Naked at 30: Osborne 1 stripped to its chips

Photos 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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Without Meyer, what will AMD do next?

Analysis 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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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

'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
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Dell pays $100m to settle accounting fraud charges

Dell has agreed to pay $100 million to settle US Security and Exchange Commission charges that it failed to disclose information to investors and used fraudulent accounting practices to give the false impression it was meeting Wall Street earnings targets. Separately, Michael Dell – the company's founder, chairman, and CEO – …
Cade Metz, 22 Jul 2010
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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" …
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Forget the GPad - is Google building a server chip?

So, Google borged a mystery chip designer that was working on "some kind of server," and the web is convinced the Chocolate Factory is merely interested in using this all-star startup to build a GPad. How quickly the web forgets that Google is the world's fourth-largest server maker. According to a New York Times source " …
Cade Metz, 22 Apr 2010
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Toshiba intros consumer desktop replacements

Toshiba has introduced a quartet of new Satellite laptops if hopes will tempt with their big screens and extended keyboards. Top of the list is the A660, which sports a 16in, 1366 x 768 display, a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, up to 8GB of memory and up to 640GB of hard drive storage. It has Harman Kardon …
Tony Smith, 16 Apr 2010
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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 …

Cray has ups and downs in Q3

High-end parallel supercomputer maker Cray, which has been trying for the past year to round out its business by peddling entry-level HPC gear, is still not quite making it up in volume. But some big deals and system upgrades, as well as an expanding custom engineering business and the entry-level HPC product line are making …
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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 …
John Oates, 21 Sep 2009
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ATIC ponies up $3.9bn to buy Chartered

First AMD's foundry biz, and now Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing. Who will be next? The Emirate of Abu Dhabi has lots of money, lots of sand, and lots of hydrocarbons that can presumably be made into nanotubes and other future computing technology when oil becomes scarce enough that carbon computing might be …
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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
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Iran's nuke boffins prefer Opteron baby supers

So what technology does Iran's Aerospace Research Institute use to help it develop rockets that will presumably be used to give it the capability to launch nuclear weapons? Why, the same exact technology that boffins the world over have chosen to do their sometimes nefarious research, of course. Last December, according to a …
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IBM BladeCenters still touring Shanghai as Istanbul beckons

While the six-core "Istanbul" Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices were launched yesterday, not every vendor is ready on day one to get the chip into existing or new products. This seems to be the case with IBM today as it tweaks its BladeCenter boxes that support Intel's quad-core "Nehalem EP" Xeon 5500s, which were …
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EU case relies on dodgy evidence: says Intel

Intel's general counsel has made a spirited defence of the company and accused the European Competition Commission of relying on dodgy evidence and ignoring documents which contradicted its case, after receiving a record fine for anti-competitive practices. Bruce Sewell, Intel's general counsel, said in a statement: "We take …
John Oates, 13 May 2009
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Intel hit with largest ever EU fine

The European Commission has found Intel guilty of anti-competitive behaviour and fined it over a billion euros. The Commission has ordered the chip giant to refrain from any equivalent practises in the future. It ruled the firm damaged competition by excluding rival AMD from markets. Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes said …
John Oates, 13 May 2009
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EU circulates 'draft' Intel verdict, readies fine

The European Commission has sent a draft verdict on the Intel case to member states' competition authorities for their consideration. The 500-page document suggests we could have an official verdict in weeks. The briefing for national authorities will be followed by meetings to debate the size of the fine Intel would pay and …
John Oates, 23 Apr 2009
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Flash mem giant Spansion slashes 35 per cent of staff

Flash memory maker Spansion is cutting approximately 3,000 jobs, or 35 per cent of its workforce. Most of the cuts will come at the company's manufacturing sites, as it works to restructure itself amidst a sinking economy. "The global recession is forcing us to make this very difficult decision in order to bring our costs in …
Cade Metz, 24 Feb 2009
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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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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 …
Austin Modine, 20 Feb 2009
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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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Rackable stays horizontal with x64 servers

Rackable Systems might be a niche player in the server racket, but the company's server engineering has allowed it to stay in business since 1999 and still, in many ways, set the pace for density in the data center. Today, the company revved its 2U rack servers, dubbed the C2005. Unlike the commercial blade server and chassis …
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NEC, Appro ink supercomputing pact

Sometimes, when you want to take down a big kill, it takes more than one wolf to do the job. And so it is with specialists in the supercomputing market who are trying to make a stand against the incumbent and much richer general purpose server makers who have the lion's share of sales in the HPC space. One such specialist, …
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Media companies urge judge to activate Intel's anti-redaction machine

AMD vs Intel The Register has joined several other news organizations in a bid to make court records related to AMD's ongoing anti-trust lawsuit against Intel public. Earlier this week, Situation Publishing - The Register's publisher - and the New York Times, Washington Post and Dow Jones & Co. filed a motion telling a Delaware court that …
Ashlee Vance, 21 Aug 2008

AMD Radeon HD 4850 and 4870

Review 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