Nvidia may not be talking about its GeForce Partner Program, but AMD has gone from silent to proactive in less than 24 hours. Hours ago Scott Herkelman, Corporate VP and General Manager of AMD Radeon Gaming, addressed AMD resellers via Twitter, not only acknowledging the anti-competitive tactics Nvidia has leveraged against them, but inviting others to share their stories.
These new laptops combine the processing power of Intel's Core processors with AMD's Vega graphics.
You may recall that Susquehanna chip analyst Christopher Rolland yesterday downgraded shares of Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to "Negative" from Neutral, after concluding the stock is at risk from its reliance on blockchain and crypto-currencies for some large portion of its revenue. AMD today is refuting that contention.
Advanced Micro Devices, Intel's main rival in computer microprocessors, said a report earlier this month alleging that its chips have widespread, fundamental vulnerabilities greatly exaggerated the severity of the threat.
Just months after Meltdown and Spectre were disclosed to the public, security researchers have uncovered another set of critical processor vulnerabilities. This time Intel owners can breathe easy, these exploits are unique to AMD's processors, including its latest Ryzen chips.
Microsoft is adding support for AMD's FreeSync displays to its Xbox One X and Xbox One S consoles soon. The upcoming Xbox spring update already includes 1440p support on the Xbox One S and Xbox One X for monitors, but the addition of FreeSync will allow compatible displays to sync refresh rates with Microsoft's consoles.
HP let the cat out of its own bag with an update to its Warranty Support web pages, where it detailed 68 new AMD Ryzen/Vega-powered laptops. The leak comes shortly after Dell's announcement of new Ryzen/Vega laptops, and it almost makes one wonder if HP added the warranty support entries as a way to stoke the mobile AMD hype train. However, the company has yet to make any formal product announcements.
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SK Hynix has just made their next generation GDDR6 memory available to customers which can include graphics card manufacturers such as Nvidia and AMD.
Christopher Rolland of Susquehanna today writes that chip makers Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) probably had much better sales of graphics chips, or GPUs, than the companies predicted, last quarter, driven by their use in mining the Ethereum blockchain.
When Intel and AMD announced they'd be cooperating on a new CPU with an Intel processor paired with an AMD GPU, it was easy to see who the loser was going to be. Nvidia has a dominant overall position in the GPU market, including the types of all-in-one and small form factor systems that might opt for one of Intel's new CPUs with Radeon RX Vega graphics rather than an Intel CPU with Nvidia GPU. Now, there's hints that Nvidia is planning to respond with a new GPU iteration of its own: The GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q.
Microsoft has paused distributing its Meltdown and Spectre security updates for AMD machines after reports of PCs not booting. Microsoft's support forums have been full of complaints from PC owners with AMD processors, and the software giant has acknowledged the issues today. Microsoft is blaming AMD's documentation for the unexpected problems.
Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) continue to respond to reports today of a chip flaw in Intel's parts that could pose security risks. To recap, an article overnight by The Register said the company has a flaw in its chips that it is working to address. The report pressured Intel shares today, even though Intel refuted what it called "inaccurate media reports."
AMD has had a fantastic past year. Its desktop-grade Ryzen microprocessors were successful in grabbing some x86 PC market share from Intel, which, in turn, nudged AMD back into profitability. And this might just be the start of the smaller chip-maker's newfound sales momentum. Advanced Micro Devices is readying up to launch a Ryzen Refresh line-up in the first quarter of 2018 on a slightly improved 12nm node.
AMD's Navi has been of interest to AMD fans since it first popped up on roadmaps, with hints of a next-generation memory subsystem and a "scalability" option that might be similar to the modular GPU designs that Nvidia is supposedly considering for its own products.
AMD announced it has landed Baidu as a customer and partner. It's a significant win for AMD; Baidu doesn't really have a US presence, but it controls 76% of the PC search market in China and 82% of the mobile and tablet markets.
Atari was set to kick off a crowdfunding campaign today on Indiegogo for its Ataribox, a PC tech-based game console powered by a custom AMD processor with Radeon graphics, running Linux. The company even sent out a reminder this past Monday, saying it will offer a limited number of discounted units when preorders go live. But then this morning Atari put the word out that it's delaying the launch. Why? That's a good question.
The SiSoftware database is revealing an entry of an AMD processor for which the GPU has 28 compute units and 2 GB of memory. The processor could be the desktop equivalent of Raven Ridge.
AMD's next generation Ryzen 2 CPUs are set to debut on the 12nm process technology in the first quarter of 2018. The new lineup comprised of 2000 series Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Ryzen 3 2000 microprocessors is said to bring higher clock speeds and better overclockability to the table in addition to support for faster DDR4 RAM.
At Qualcomm's conference on Tuesday, AMD's corporate vice president and GM Kevin Lensing made a surprise guest appearance, announcing that the two companies were working together to power a new line of HP and Asus PCs, powered by Snapdragon 835. The Always Connected PCs are powered by gigabit LTE, to stay connected without relying on Wi-Fi.
AMD reentered the high-end graphics card market earlier this year when it launched Vega, its highly anticipated attack on NVIDIA's dominance. The RX Vega 64 and RX Vega 56 caught up to NVIDIA in terms of performance, but they used far more power than comparable NVIDIA products, which had been on the market for over a year. Vega was a catch-up play from AMD, not the home run that investors were hoping for.
Advanced Micro Devices, with the launch of Ryzen Mobile, is completing what can only be called a revolutionary year for the company.
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The "light but mighty" (in speed and capacity) laptops from Dell, HP and Microsoft seem to me to be very expensive because Intel sells processors at premium prices. Now that AMD has produced Ryzen chips, can you foresee if and when these makers will produce desirable laptops with cheaper AMD chips?
It has been quite some time since we uncovered the first evidence of the first AMD-powered Chromebook and we are still waiting to see the materialization of said device. Over a year in the works, the AMD platform on Chrome OS is still very much alive and moving forward.
Tesla is getting closer to having its own chip for handling autonomous driving tasks in its cars.
They just had another launch event and in the last 6 months it seems like AMD has had one launch event after another. And AMD is still not done for the year! This week AMD launched the Ryzen Pro processor for commercial desktops.
Advanced Micro Devices has agreed to pay out US$29.5 million to settle a class action lawsuit its shareholders filed after the disastrous Llano chip rollout.
Microsoft described Scorpio, the SoC inside its Xbox X One. Scorpio packs 7 billion transistors with 6 TFlops graphics performance in a 359-square millimeter chip made in a 16FF+ TSMC process. The chip, designed in partnership with AMD, also packs eight x86 cores running at 2.3 GHz and sharing 4 Mbytes L2 cache.
Advanced Micro Devices, in releasing the Zen architecture and the Ryzen product family for consumer PCs, started down a path of growth in the processor market that it had been absent from for a decade.
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It is increasingly looking like the future belongs to artificial intelligence. Two of the hottest stocks in that industry are Nvidia and AMD. The strength of those stocks is largely attributable to the excitement around the artificial-intelligence capabilities of their processors.
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AMD's new Ryzen processors offer quite a bit of bang for your buck, and have been a hot ticket item for the last few months. Unfortunately, scammers will find a way to take advantage people's eagerness to get their hands on a product no matter what. Reports from at least two users have indicated that counterfeit AMD Ryzen processors are being sold by Amazon or Amazon retailers, and the processors customers are receiving aren't even made by AMD at all.
During California's Gold Rush, it was often the sellers of pickaxes and shovels who made the most money. In the frenzy to get rich quick from cryptocurrencies, some investors are calling computer chipmakers the modern-day equivalent.
The effects of the most recent cryptocurrency mining phase are having a direct impact on various markets, most notably on the GPU product lines from Nvidia and AMD.
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With Intel's Core X-Series and AMD's Ryzen, the competition in high-end desktop CPUs is starting to solidify. When it comes to GPUs, Nvidia's GeForce GTX offerings are currently at the top of the heap, and gamers are awaiting AMD's next generation Vega GPUs to arrive to complete the competition in graphics as well.