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AMD released video of sending the Kaveri mobile part up to the edge of space by balloon. Sadly they did not overclock it up there.
To celebrate the introduction of its new 2014 AMD Performance Mobile APUs designed for ultrathin and high-performance mobile PCs, AMD launched its all-new enthusiast-class Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for notebooks (formerly codenamed "Kaveri") to the edge of space, symbolically expanding the physical environment of mobile computing in parallel to how AMD expanded the performance envelope of mobile computing through its new APU design. The new mobile APUs mark the debut of Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Mantle gaming support for mobile devices, establishing these APUs as AMD's most advanced mobile computing technology to-date.
Moosburg, Germany, near Munich, was the lift-off site for a 2 meter wide AMD-branded, helium-filled balloon containing a new AMD A-Series APU for notebooks, which reached the heights of 36,240 meters (118,900 feet) before floating gently back to earth 1hour and 47 minutes later. The balloon also included a payload container equipped with HD cameras and an advanced GPS system, to capture images and video of the journey from the APU's perspective and track the balloon's location.
New AMD Embedded G-Series processors selected by HP and Advantech for thin client and industrial solutions
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Computex 6/4/2014
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced new x86 AMD Embedded G-Series system-on-chip (SoC) and central processing unit (CPU) solutions for embedded applications, including early adoption by HP for thin client deployment in healthcare, finance, education and retail, as well as Advantech for industrial applications in rugged environments.
The new product families expand upon the high-performance, low-power capabilities of the award-winning AMD Embedded G-Series platform, bringing high performance and integrated security with enterprise-class error-correction code (ECC) memory support, dual- and quad-core variants, and a discrete-class GPU and I/O controller on the same die. The new G-Series processors are pin-compatible across the AMD G-Series SoC and CPU family for ease of scalability among embedded applications, including communications and networking infrastructure, industrial control and automation (IC&A), thin clients, gaming machines, and digital signage.
“The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family is one of the most widely adopted platforms in the history of AMD Embedded Solutions, and AMD brings even more capabilities, experiences and ecosystem support with these new offerings,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “The new SoC and CPU additions further our commitment to provide embedded design engineers with the highest levels of power efficient graphics and compute capabilities in the market, along with a pin-compatible and secure product portfolio to maximize their software and board-level investments.”
AMD Embedded G-Series SoC Solutions (Previously Codenamed: “Steppe Eagle”)
The new AMD Embedded G-Series SoC is an ideal fit for rugged and harsh environments, including IC&A applications with offerings for ultra low-power solutions down to 5 watts TDP with configurable TDP (cTDP) features, to high-performance deployments with up to 53 percent more overall performance compared to previous G-Series SoC solutions1. Advantech’s new industrial-grade Mini-ITX motherboard AIMB-225 employs quad- and dual-core AMD Embedded G-Series SoC processors, resulting in ultra low power consumption and advanced graphics performance for rugged applications such as ATMs, kiosks, automation, medical equipment and gaming machines.
Processors in the new AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family now include enhanced security features, with the AMD platform security processor (PSP) built upon the ARM TrustZone® architecture, and are designed to protect against malicious access to sensitive data and operations at the hardware level, making them an ideal fit for cloud-based thin client solutions.
“There is a growing need for more advanced embedded solutions in healthcare, finance, education and retail services,” said Jeff Groudan, worldwide director, Thin Client product management, HP. “The AMD G-series SoC provides HP thin clients with enhanced security, value and unmatched performance.”
AMD Embedded G-Series CPU Solutions (Previously Codenamed: “Crowned Eagle”)
As datacenters continue to scale up to meet the demands brought by the cloud and the proliferation of devices, cost and energy efficiency aspects become ever more critical. IT organizations are looking to consolidate their processing capabilities onto a uniform architecture that delivers high performance at low costs and low power. With 64-bit processing based on dual- or quad-core x86 CPU architecture, the new AMD G-Series CPUs are ideally suited for networking and communications infrastructure applications. The new AMD G-Series CPUs deliver 1.2 – 2.0 GHz and a robust feature set, including integrated PCI-E Gen 2.0, USB3.0, SATA ports, and single-channel DDR3-1600 memory with ECC support.
An on-chip PSP offloads Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) functionality, which facilitates control and data plane functionality, resulting in cost-optimized, fan-less security appliances, storage controllers and Network Attached Storage appliances. The integration of a wide variety of peripherals, combined with the ability to deliver 34 percent more CPU-centric performance-per-dollar than competing Intel solutions2, makes the new AMD G-Series CPU an ideal choice for control plane applications on router and switch line cards.
New Features, Benefits and Support
Integrated security solution: By combining its breadth and decades of market experience with ARM TrustZone® architecture, AMD is creating a new generation of secure computing capabilities for digital content, data, e-commerce and trusted client-to-cloud interactions. The AMD PSP is built upon the TrustZone® architecture and designed to protect against malicious access to sensitive data and operations at the hardware level based on open standards and interoperable APIs.
Increased performance-per-watt: The AMD Embedded G-Series SoC provides advanced power management features, including cTDP, increase the performance-per-watt efficiency of the platform 96 percent compared to the previous platform3.
Pin compatibility: With the introduction of the new AMD G-Series SoC and CPU solutions, AMD embedded customers can now create common boards across the entire AMD G-Series SoC family to migrate designs between solutions for hardware, software and board-level scalability by leveraging existing hardware and software investments.
Open-source Linux development: As a gold-level member of the Yocto Project™, a Linux Foundation Collaboration Project, and as part of a recent multi-year agreement with Mentor Graphics, embedded systems developers now have access to customized embedded Linux development and commercial support on the AMD G-Series family through Mentor Embedded Linux and Sourcery™ CodeBench, as well as no-cost Mentor Embedded Linux Lite.
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AMD is launching something at the edge of space. A new APU is the guess. ifitcanreachspace.com has a timer with less than 10 hours left on it. Also there is a twitter hashtag to follow. Stay tuned for details later today.
Videocardz has rumored specs for the Radeon R9 M295X. Its code named Tonga, and should come in mobile and desktop variants due to a lower power envelope.
Tonga is not only a mobile chip. Actually, the first time we heard about Tonga was about desktop graphics card. It’s no secret now, that a new model will be added by AMD very soon. Since Tonga has worse specs than Tahiti (at least on paper), we assume it won’t be using R9 280 series nomenclature. Instead, it should land somewhere in-between Curacao R9 270X and Pitcairn-based R9 280. Radeon R9 275X sounds reasonable.
Yesterday Dice patched Battlefield 4 with about a 500mb patch on the PC that included amongst other things Mantle multi GPU improvements. We tested at Game Republik last night for a few rounds, but that focused on the new High Frequency Network update. Certainly those settings seem helpful in close quarters combat. Multi GPU Mantle improvements of course means Crossfire frame pacing issues. It also has to be asked if it will help out on 4K displays that split panels to reach that resolution. I would expect it does.
• Improved/reduced explosion induced camera shake
• Character collision improvements
• Fix to reduce object damage mismatch between client/server.
• Fix explosion packs not being able to be shot sometimes
• Improvements for client side packet loss
• Client crash fixes
• AMD Mantle multi-GPU improvements
• Carrier Assault game mode reports bug fix
• High Frequency Network update
- Added High frequency “bubble” updating player movement, stance, rotation, damage and projectiles at a separate rate on foot and in vehicles
- Added option to control client side update rate setting
AMD has released Catalyst 14.6 beta. Its mostly a Watchdogs release, but it also adds Mantle to Enduro mobile, and has some new features for Eyefinity. Windows 8.0 users must upgrade to 8.1 for this and future Catalyst releases.
Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst™ 14.6 Beta Driver for Windows
Watch Dogs performance improvements
AMD Radeon R9 290X - 1920x1080 4x MSAA – improves up to 25%
AMD Radeon R9290X - 2560x1600 4x MSAA – improves up to 28%
AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 92% scaling
Murdered Soul Suspect performance improvements
AMD Radeon R9 290X – 2560x1600 4x MSAA – improves up to 16%
AMD Radeon R9290X CrossFire configuration (3840x2160 Ultra settings, MSAA = 4X) - 93% scaling
AMD Eyefinity enhancements:
Mixed Resolution Support
A new architecture providing brand new capabilities
Display groups can be created with monitors of different resolution (including difference sizes and shapes)
Users have a choice of how surface is created over the display group
Fill – legacy mode, best for identical monitors
Fit – create the Eyefinity surface using best available rectangular area with attached displays.
Expand – create a virtual Eyefinity surface using desktops as viewports onto the surface.
Eyefinity Display Alignment
Enables control over alignment between adjacent monitors
Driver detects layout of extended desktops
Can create Eyefinity display group using this layout in one click!
New user controls for video color and display settings
Greater control over Video Color Management:
Controls have been expanded from a single slider for controlling Boost and Hue to per color axis
Color depth control for Digital Flat Panels (available on supported HDMI and DP displays)
Allows users to select different color depths per resolution and display
AMD Mantle enhancements
Mantle now supports AMD Mobile products with Enduro technology
Battlefield 4: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1366x768; high settings) – 21% gain
Thief: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; high settings) – 14% gain
Star Swarm: AMD Radeon HD 8970M (1920x1080; medium settings) – 274% gain
Enables support for Multi-GPU configurations with Thief (requires the latest Thief update)
AMD AM1 JPEG decoding acceleration
JPEG decoding acceleration was first enabled on the A10 APU Series in AMD Catalyst 14.1 beta, and has now been extended to the AMD AM1 Platform
Provides fast JPEG decompression
Provides Power Efficiency for JPEG decompression
Running Watch Dogs with a R9 280X CrossFire configuration may result in the application running in CrossFire software compositing mode
Enabling Temporal SMAA in the AMD Catalyst Control center under a CrossFire configuration when playing Watch Dogs will result in Flickering
AMD CrossFire configurations with Eyefinity enabled will see application stability with BattleField 4 or Thief when running Mantle
Catalyst Install Manager text is covered by Express/Custom radio button text
Express Uninstall does not remove C:\Program Files\(AMD or ATI) folder
Forbes talks about Watch Dogs, and how close work between the developer and Nvidia may mean bad news for Radeon owners.
“Gameworks represents a clear and present threat to gamers by deliberately crippling performance on AMD products (40% of the market) to widen the margin in favor of NVIDIA products,” Hallock told me in an email conversation over the weekend. But wait, it stands to reason that AMD would be miffed over a competitor having the edge when it comes to graphical fidelity and features, right? Hallock explains that the core problem is deeper: “Participation in the Gameworks program often precludes the developer from accepting AMD suggestions that would improve performance directly in the game code—the most desirable form of optimization.”