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AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

AMD to cut 10% of workforce in 2012, saving for emerging markets and the cloud

The world's second largest PC chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) announced today that it will be cutting 10 percent of its workforce by the end of Q1 2012. That amounts to about 1,200 to 1,400 workers to be let go from its global workforce. The weak computer market has forced AMD to refine its cost structure and to consider investing in lower power, emerging markets and the cloud.

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AMD unveils new FirePro V4900 professional graphics card

AMD unveils new FirePro V4900 professional graphics card

AMD has pulled the wraps off the new V4900 professional graphics card today. The new video card is designed to give the user unequalled digital content creation capability. The V4900 is also designed to work well for pros that use CAD software heavily. The performance the V4900 delivers is offered at the entry level price of $189 making it a bargain in the pro graphics realm.

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Acer introduces AZ5 and AZ3 all-in-one PCs

Acer introduces AZ5 and AZ3 all-in-one PCs

This week Acer reveals two new all-in-one computers, the AZ5 Series with a 23-inch HD monitor and the AZ3 Series with a slightly smaller HD monitor at 21-inches, both computers featuring full touchscreen capabilities. Both series have several hardware options for processors, speakers, and storage, and contain a selection of software offered exclusively with Acer devices. You'll notice that these AIOs look rather similar to one another - that's because they're meant to be part of a single release. Not that you'll want both the 23 and the 21 inch machine, but know now that you'll get essentially the same look either way.

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TSMC starts 28nm production: NVIDIA & AMD in but Apple absent

TSMC starts 28nm production: NVIDIA & AMD in but Apple absent

TSMC, tipped to be biting into Samsung's supply contract with Apple, has announced that it has begun volume production of 28nm chips and has products already shipping to customers, though the company did not confirm Apple was one of them. Instead, AMD, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Altera all get name-checked, with AMD and NVIDIA saying they will be using the 28nm process silicon in their next-gen graphics products.

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AMD future roadmap surfaces with processors for ultrabook-style machines

AMD future roadmap surfaces with processors for ultrabook-style machines

AMD is always the bridesmaid and never the bride in the computer industry with about 20% of the global CPU market while Intel sucks up almost all of what is left. AMD is looking for ways to get back to the top of the heap and take some of Intel's market share. One of the ways it looks like AMD is hoping to do that is with processors that are for ultrabook-style products. Some details on the future roadmap for these chips and others have now surfaced.

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AMD invests in BlueStacks for Android apps on Fusion slates

AMD invests in BlueStacks for Android apps on Fusion slates

AMD has joined a $5.6m investment round in BlueStacks, the software specialist that enables Android apps to run on x86-based Windows computers. The investment, made with Citrix, will see AMD leverage BlueStacks virtualization with its tablet and notebook/netbook processors; BlueStacks intends to use the extra cash to accelerate development, with a beta and Pro version - capable of running paid Android apps - both expected by the end of 2011.

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AMD FX available for retail now, first ever eight-core desktop CPU

AMD FX available for retail now, first ever eight-core desktop CPU

Today AMD has launched the AMD FX family of CPUs for sale today, this including the very first eight-core desktop CPU, one that last month set the Guinness World Record for "Highest Frequency of a Computer Processor." Retail availability starts here for processors that use AMD's newest multi-core architecture known as "Bulldozer", this included in AMD's upcoming server CPU known as "Interlagos" and the next generation of AMD Accelerated Processing Units. The top-end eight-core AMD FX CPU will be selling for $245 USA Suggested Retail Price, and we've got the lowdown!

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AMD Radeon E6400 GPU gets multiple monitor support

AMD Radeon E6400 GPU gets multiple monitor support

AMD has an ever growing line of GPUs for all sorts of needs ranging for the high-end gaming GPU down to the power sipping integrated GPU for computers of all sorts. AMD has announced that its entry-level embedded discrete GPU will support multiple monitors. The GPU supports up to four displays at one time. The GPU has some very nice features with an advanced 3D graphics engine and programmable shader architecture.

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