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GPU 14 Product Showcase Coverage Wednesday, 25 September 2013 13:16 And at 2:59 Central time we start the GPU 14 livestream from AMD out in Hawaii!      This is not a launch day, but a look at what is to come in the weeks ahead for AMD's R9 and R7 GPU 14 line up live from Hawaii.  
CoolerMaster CM Spawn Saturday, 22 January 2011 18:13   Earlier this year we took a look at CoolerMaster's Inferno MMORPG mouse and now we're looking at CoolerMaster's new product, Spawn, geared towards first-person shooters.
Cooler Master CM Inferno Review Saturday, 01 January 2011 17:36   The mouse is the bread and butter and ultimate tool for anyone who plays games on the PC. Over the past dozen years there's been an explosion in shapes and sizes of it and for all different utilities. It's evolved quite nicely from a few buttons and a mouse ball to lasers, lights, and more buttons than most people would ever know what to do with. That, however, is not the case for gamers. Cooler Master has a new mouse out specifically built for MMORPGs that are so popular, the Cooler Master Inferno.

On the eve of AMD's GPU 14 announcement PC Power Play talks to Nvidia's Tony Tamasi.

 

Tamasi: It’s no longer possible for a console to be a better or more capable graphics platform than the PC. I’ll tell you why. In the past, certainly with the first PlayStation and PS2, in that era there weren’t really good graphics on the PC. Around the time of the PS2 is when 3D really started coming to the PC, but before that time 3D was the domain of Silicon Graphics and other 3D workstations. Sony, Sega or Nintendo could invest in bringing 3D graphics to a consumer platform. In fact, the PS2 was faster than a PC.

Now I agree that consoles will never be faster, but to say the PS2 was faster than the PC is laughable.  The PS2 came out in 1999.  I had my 3dfx based Diamond Monster 3D in 2006 when it came out.  Voodoo 2 came in 98, SLI meant my 2 Pure 3D cards blew everything else away.  There was a reason why my friends wanted to play Tomb Raider on my PC, and not on console.

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AMD will be livestreaming from Hawaii their GPU 14 product showcase.  You can see the stream here on Youtube.

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Forbes has interviewed AMD Corporate VP and GM Matt Skynner.

 

“Couple years ago when we saw how the console thing was gonna shake out, we thought how can we leverage this to a better Radeon gaming solution across other markets, also. As you know when consoles are first launched, games are first developed on console and then ported to PC. Because it’s our architecture there, it’s easier to port the games. And because they’re first developed on our hardware, there should be a performance advantage. They should run better on our hardware. So if we can create that performance advantage on the PC, from a graphics point of view, then we can give our customers a better gaming experience and grow our market share.”

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PowerColor has announced that they have patented a Double Blades cooling solution for their Radeon GPU product line up.

 

The “Double Blades” derived from its fan outlook, this exclusive design adds an extra fan blade attaches to the original one; the extra fan can absorb airflow into the centre, and increase up to 20% airflow compared to the traditional thermal design, even can prevent the dust depositing at the bearings and the bottom of fan, prolonging the life cycle of the thermal, also video card.

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─ AMD FirePro M4100 professional graphics deliver exceptional performance, found in the HP ZBook mobile workstation ─


Sunnyvale, Calif. —9/10/2013
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the HP ZBook 14 Mobile Workstation will feature AMD FirePro™ M4100 professional graphics, giving outstanding OpenCL™ performance powered by award-winning AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. The new thin and light mobile workstation with an optional touch screen interface is ideal for product development, mechanical computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering, as well as for artists, video editors, photographers and designers – a wide set of users of professional applications who require true mobility.

“Together, AMD and HP offer workstation users industry-leading technologies in a portable design that deliver users next-generation, powerful mobile graphics processors for exceptional workstation performance,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics at AMD. “Designed for the enhancements of Windows 8, the new HP mobile workstation combines with AMD FirePro M4100 to deliver superb workstation functionality on the go.”

“As the world becomes more mobile, HP’s challenge is to continue to provide reliable, high-performance technology that professionals can take anywhere,” said Jeff Wood, vice president, Worldwide Product Management, Commercial Solutions Business Unit, HP. “When combined with professional graphics from AMD, the addition of the HP ZBook 14 to our industry-leading line of Z Workstations provides professionals with reliable workstation performance in a thin and light form factor.”

AMD FirePro M4100 benefits:

OpenCL Support: AMD is an early supporter of OpenCL and uniquely positioned in this industry to offer a complete acceleration platform for OpenCL applications. AMD works closely with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and their products, such as Adobe Premiere® Pro CC and Autodesk® Maya®, to deliver powerful solutions based on AMD FirePro for professionals in media and entertainment as well as CAD/CAM/CAE.
Productivity: Featuring AMD’s GCN Architecture, AMD FirePro M4100 graphics are built for performance supported by high-quality software drivers that are finely tuned to work optimally with leading workstation applications.
Intelligent Power Features: AMD’s Enduro™ Technology allows AMD FirePro M4100 graphics to optimize battery life. The power features are inherently dynamic, delivering instant performance when needed and adjusting GPU requirements when in idle mode.
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New AMD A-Series APU delivers entry-level quad-core performance plus AMD Radeon HD graphics for tablets, hybrids and small-screen touch notebooks


SAN FRANCISCO —9/11/2013
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new addition to its 2013 Elite Mobility processor family, expanding the options available for anyone seeking crystal-clear HD entertainment, power efficiency, and accelerated performance in small screen touch notebooks, tablets, and hybrids. The AMD Elite Quad-Core A4-1350 accelerated processor is the second quad-core accelerated processing unit (APU) in this category, with an estimated average power at or below 3 watts for many common use cases1. The new APU is expected to begin shipping to customers in October, 2013. Other AMD Elite Mobility APUs are available in systems today, including the HP Pavilion11 TouchSmart and the Acer Aspire V5.

“Following the tremendous reception from customers to the launch of our 2013 Elite Mobility APUs, we are excited to strengthen our portfolio with the addition of the A4-1350,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president, AMD Client Business Unit. “With quad-core performance, AMD Radeon™ HD graphics and long battery life, the A4-1350 is an ideal solution for new form factors like hybrid and convertible PCs.”

Delivering high-quality HD media and gaming experiences in small-screen touch and emerging form factors elevates AMD Elite Mobility APUs to a class of their own. Available in dual- and quad-core configurations, the series combines “Jaguar” x86 central processing unit (CPU) cores with Graphics Core Next AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series graphics. Key performance metrics for the AMD Elite Mobility family include:

Up to 172 percent more CPU performance-per-watt and up to 212 percent better graphics performance-per-watt than the previous generation2,3;

Up to 12 hours of resting battery life4;
Up to 45 percent longer battery life and nearly five times more GPU performance than the competition5, 6.
Elite User Experiences from AMD
In addition to its unique performance capabilities, the AMD A4-1350 APU is expressly designed to not only support media- and graphics-intensive workloads, but also a range of connectivity and user interface options that enhance the PC experience, including:

AMD Radeon™ Graphics with DirectX® 11.1 support — Enjoy discrete-level performance for crisp & sharp photos, movies and games.
AMD Dock Port — Use up to four external monitors and sync to other devices through a single connection.
AMD AllDay™ Power — Stay unplugged with long battery life.
AMD Start Now technology7— Boot up or resume from hibernate in seconds.
Availability and Technical Details
The AMD A4-1350 APU is expected to begin shipping to customers in October 2013 for use in small-screen touch notebooks, tablets, and hybrids 13-inches and below. Technical details for this new processor are as follows:

APU Model AMD Radeon™ Brand TDP CPU Cores CPU Clock (Max/Base) AMD Radeon™ Cores GPU Clock (Max/Base) L2 Cache Max DDR3
A4-1350 HD 8210 8W 4 1.0 GHz 128 300MHz 4MB DDR3-1066
Along with 2013 Elite Mobility APUs, two other families complete the 2013 AMD Mobility APU line-up:

The 2013 AMD Mainstream APU (codenamed “Kabini”) - the first and only quad-core x86 SoC solution for entry-level and small screen touch notebooks;
Low power and standard watt versions of the 2013 AMD Elite Performance APU (formerly codenamed “Richland”) - offer the best graphics and compute in a performance APU for premium ultrathin, traditional and performance notebooks.
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Mutual support for open standards enables creative pros to tap AMD App Acceleration, powering breakthrough features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, SpeedGrade CC and Media Encoder CC


AMSTERDAM —9/12/2013
— IBC 2013 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that its collaboration with Adobe has reached a new milestone in the drive to deliver faster and more sophisticated professional video workflows. The two companies’ leadership in OpenCL™ acceleration means that video and film professionals, as well as enthusiasts, can take full advantage of the massively parallel compute power of AMD APUs, Radeon™ graphics, and AMD FirePro™ professional graphics in their everyday and more compute-intense workloads. New breakthrough features and efficient workflows announced by Adobe for Adobe® Premiere® Pro CC, Adobe SpeedGrade® CC, and Adobe Media Encoder CC exploit AMD App Acceleration via OpenCL and deliver streamlined, leading edge support for Blackmagic Design and Vision Research Phantom® cameras.

“AMD and Adobe are answering the call of creative professionals working in a wide range of workflows and environments,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president, Strategic Alliances & Platform Enablement, AMD. “By working together using open standards, we are tapping AMD’s impressive multi-core and parallel processing capacity to provide the accelerated performance needed to bring a new class of breakthrough software tools to Adobe Creative Cloud™ users. This makes it possible for pros to confidently tackle projects at every level, whether the final destination is a smartphone, 4K projection, or anything in between.”

Today’s announcement builds on developments that were revealed by AMD and Adobe at NAB 2013 and received enthusiastically by users in June 2013. At that time the companies delivered enhanced OpenCL support through the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, which enables professionals to optimize their Adobe Premiere Pro CC workflows by providing the acceleration needed for real-time effects, color grading, multi-format and compositing support.

“We are in the business of empowering all creative professionals, whether the project is the next global blockbuster or the passion of a lone independent producer,” said Simon Williams, director of Strategic Relations at Adobe. “The team at AMD shares that vision with Adobe and it is reflected in the workflows they have helped make available to Adobe Creative Cloud users. The highly productive collaboration between Adobe and AMD continues to deliver tremendous benefits to the creative community at a remarkable pace.”

Attendees at IBC 2013 will see further demonstrations highlighting Adobe innovations that use OpenCL acceleration to benefit from the power provided by AMD graphics processors, including

Advanced features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC: OpenCL-enabled acceleration yields a smoother, more fluid experience when using the new professional features in Adobe Premiere Pro CC. OpenCL makes it possible to balance the tasks between CPUs and GPUs for optimal performance.
Streamlined workflow with Adobe SpeedGrade CC: The new Direct Link Color Pipeline in SpeedGrade enables users to open Adobe Premiere Pro CC projects directly in SpeedGrade to do color grading and then go directly back to Adobe Premiere Pro CC for additional edits. With the ability to also playback and execute enhancements on all OpenCL-accelerated edits and effects, this streamlined workflow eliminates time-consuming intermediary steps of rendering out the Adobe Premiere Pro project and then importing the flattened file. The new Lumetri deep color engine is now optimized using OpenCL acceleration to support real-time performance within SpeedGrade.
Expanded Adobe Media Encoder CC functionality: Now Adobe Media Encoder CC can provide users with a more streamlined workflow by directly opening Premiere Pro projects. OpenCL enables Adobe Media Encoder CC users to now leverage the Mercury Playback Engine, independent of Adobe Premiere Pro CC, and take advantage of AMD GPU acceleration to reduce CPU demand and enable faster transcoding for all of their media conversion needs. This is further enhanced by the ability to apply effects, including color grading, from within Adobe Media Encoder CC rather than having to go to Adobe Premiere Pro.
Both AMD (Stand 7.H35) and Adobe (Stand 7.G27) will showcase the complete range of OpenCL accelerated and enhanced video workflows at the IBC 2013 Exhibition, September 13-17 at the RAI Amsterdam. Visitors will be able to see demonstrations and experience first-hand the performance available across a broad range of workstations available for any budget.

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Read about how the AMD and Adobe Collaboration Brings Groundbreaking New OpenCL-Accelerated Features to Adobe® Creative Cloud™ on AMD Blogs.
For information about the new features that are coming soon to video apps in Adobe Creative Cloud, visit Adobe at IBC.
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eFinance Hub reports that AMD is being booted from the S&P 500 and put i the S&P MidCap 400.

 

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) will be eliminated from S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) on Sept. 20. The action was revealed by S&P Dow Jones Indices. It came a day after Hewlett-Packard was eliminated from the list of 30 stocks that include the Dow Jones Industrial Average. AMD will be transferred to the S&P MidCap 400.

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AMD extends ambidextrous strategy to embedded customers becoming the first to offer choice of ARM or x86 SoC, APU or CPU options coupled with industry-leading AMD Radeon graphics


SUNNYVALE, Calif. —9/9/2013
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today disclosed its roadmap for the fast-growing embedded computing market, as it becomes the first company to offer both ARM and x86 processor solutions for low-power and high-performance embedded compute designs. The new lineup includes two best-in-class x86 accelerated processing units (APUs) and central processing units (CPUs), a first look at a high-performance ARM system-on-chip (SoC) and a new family of discrete AMD Embedded Radeon™ graphics processing units (GPUs) expected to launch in 2014. These additions provide the embedded industry’s engineering community with more choices to match their exact design needs, and are designed to offer improvements in performance-per-watt and performance-per-dollar. Together with the recent launch of the award-winning AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family that set a superior bar for performance-per-watt low-power multicore APUs, these latest additions to the embedded product roadmap further signify a strategic push by AMD to focus on the high-growth embedded market.

The embedded systems market is vast and forms the underpinning for the Surround Computing era. This market is comprised of different segments of which intelligent embedded devices – those enabled with high-performance microprocessors, IP connectivity, and high-level operating systems – are quickly becoming the most significant. A recent VDC Research report indicates the market for CPUs in traditional and intelligent embedded systems will grow 36 percent from roughly 330 million units in 2013 to more than 450 million units by 2016 with x86 and ARM architectures accounting for 82 percent of the total addressable market (TAM)1.

“AMD is committed to providing the embedded community with the solutions required to succeed in today’s transformative market as it continues to expand at an unprecedented rate,” said Arun Iyengar, vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “There are different customer needs in different segments of this market -- from low-power to high-performance, Linux to Windows, x86 to ARM -- and now with our upcoming product portfolio, we are addressing them by providing embedded design engineers with a range of solutions backed by our embedded longevity program for supply stability assurance to fit their every need.”

“The unprecedented rise of intelligent connected solutions over the next several years will require a myriad of ultra low-power to ultra high-performance solutions connecting devices to the cloud," said Jim McGregor, Principal Analyst with TIRIAS Research. "With their new roadmap, AMD leverages both ARM and x86 computing and graphics architectures to fulfill the company's vision of creating an ambidextrous ecosystem. The current products combined with the new roadmap offer price, performance and power options to meet the needs of embedded designers.”

2014 AMD Embedded Roadmap
In 2014, AMD plans to bring to market two new high-performance AMD Embedded R-Series processor families: the “Hierofalcon” CPU SoC family based on the ARM Cortex™-A57 architecture and the “Bald Eagle” APU and CPU offering based on the x86 microprocessor architecture codenamed “Steamroller.” The upcoming “Steppe Eagle” APU SoC is designed to provide improved performance while extending the low-power characteristics of the current AMD Embedded G-Series SoC family. In addition, “Adelaar” will bring to market the first discrete GPU based on AMD Graphics Core Next architecture for embedded systems.

“Hierofalcon” CPU SoC
“Hierofalcon” is the first 64-bit ARM-based platform from AMD targeting embedded data center applications, communications infrastructure and industrial solutions. It will include up to eight ARM Cortex™-A57 CPUs expected to run up to 2.0 GHz, and provides high-performance memory with two 64-bit DDR3/4 channels with error correction code (ECC) for high reliability applications. The highly integrated SoC includes 10 Gb KR Ethernet and PCI-Express Gen 3 for high-speed network connectivity, making it ideal for control plane applications. The “Hierofalcon” series also provides enhanced security with support for ARM TrustZone® technology and a dedicated cryptographic security co-processor, aligning to the increased need for networked, secure systems. “Hierofalcon” is expected to be sampling in the second quarter of 2014 with production in the second half of the year.

“Bald Eagle” APU/CPU
With “Bald Eagle,” AMD continues to build on its heritage as a leading provider of x86 solutions for the embedded market. “Bald Eagle” is the next generation high-performance x86-based embedded processor available as both an APU and CPU featuring up to four new “Steamroller” CPU cores within a 35W TDP. The APU products will provide the new power-optimized AMD Radeon™ Graphics Core Next GPU architecture and HSA enhancements for high-performance embedded applications, making it a superior solution for next-generation digital signage and embedded digital gaming. The “Bald Eagle” family will also introduce new power management features, such as configurable TDP, allowing engineers more design flexibility. “Bald Eagle” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.

“Steppe Eagle” APU SoC
“Steppe Eagle” will further extend the performance and low-power range of the current award-winning AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC platform with an enhanced “Jaguar” CPU core architecture and AMD Graphics Core Next GPU architecture that include new features for increased CPU and GPU frequency. Designed for low-power embedded applications, “Steppe Eagle” is designed to offer increased performance-per-watt both at a lower TDP than the current AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC, as well as extending the high-end performance above 2 GHz. “Steppe Eagle” also provides embedded design engineers the flexibility to leverage the current AMD Embedded G-Series APU SoC board design and software stack for a variety of applications with footprint compatibility. “Steppe Eagle” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014.

“Adelaar” discrete GPU
“Adelaar” is the next-generation discrete AMD Embedded Radeon GPU based on Graphics Core Next architecture specifically designed for embedded applications. Bringing industry-leading performance to embedded applications, “Adelaar” comes as a market-differentiating multi-chip module (MCM) with pre-qualified and integrated 2 GB of graphics memory. The “Adelaar” GPU family will deliver rich 3D graphics, multi-display support and support for DirectX® 11.1, OpenGL 4.2 and both Windows and Linux. “Adelaar” is expected to be available in the first half of 2014 with seven years of planned supply availability as an MCM, mobile PCI express module (MXM) and standard PC graphics card2.

With current and future offerings, AMD is actively pursuing the intelligent embedded device market with a broad ecosystem of software and hardware partners supporting multiple operating systems including Windows and Linux. In particular, the company is focusing on:

Industrial Control & Automation
Digital Gaming
Communication Infrastructure
“Visual Embedded”:
Digital Signage
Thin Client
Medical Imaging
Auto Infotainment
Set-top-Box/Internet-enabled smart TV
Printing/Imaging
Digital Surveillance
Storage
Military/Aero
“AMD has quickly embraced the need to deliver the right SoC for the right task in one of the industry’s most comprehensive product portfolios for the embedded community,” said Tom Cronk, executive vice president and general manager, Processor Division, ARM. “The addition of devices based on the 64-bit ARM Cortex-A57 processor to their embedded roadmap gives designers of high-performance embedded systems a solution that delivers incredible savings in terms of both energy and system cost.”

Resources
View the AMD Embedded Roadmap press deck
Follow AMD Embedded on Twitter: @AMDEmbedded
For the latest on AMD Embedded, visit the AMD Embedded Systems blog
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Anandtech talks AMD's semi-custom new business model. 

 

The idea here is that AMD would then provide those OEMs with a semi-custom SoC, where they could choose their own IP blocks (video decode/encode, CPU cores, GPU, etc...), and help give them competitive parity or ideally even an advantage over the larger players. Counting on the bigger guys having higher overhead, being less agile and having to make larger profits should, at least on paper, give the smaller players a fighting chance.

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