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Samsung may acquire AMD

Samsung may acquire AMD

Though the idea that AMD would be acquired by any company is nothing less than a wild notion, word today is that one of the larger companies in just such a position may make such a move. Or make an attempt, anyway. Word from Korea today is that Samsung may have the clout - and the cash - to buy out AMD. Not to dismantle them, by any means, but to assimilate them into their own unit. What a monster that'd end up being.

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AMD FreeSync launches with Acer’s new gaming monitor

AMD FreeSync launches with Acer’s new gaming monitor

The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor will be coming to the United States and EMEA with AMD's newest in gaming display technology. AMD FreeSync will compete with NVIDIA G-Sync, a similar system with graphics technology in the monitor to match that of the graphics processor in your PC. The Acer XG270HU gaming monitor has a 27-inch display with WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution and an edge-to-edge "frameless" design for what Acer describes as "seamless viewing." This monitor is being released inside the US and EMEA immediately through gaming and display-friendly shops throughout both regions.

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AMD LiquidVR SDK 1.0 launching today

AMD LiquidVR SDK 1.0 launching today

This week we've heard direct from AMD about their VR initiative, LiquidVR by AMD. This system will be pushed to developers with a LiquidVR SDK, a system that'll be launched this year. Inside LiquidVR SDK 1.0, users will be working with latest data latch, asynchronous shaders, affinity multi-GPU, and direct-to-display technology. Efficient GPU head tracking will join minimization of latency and stuttering. Latency reduction plays out alongside multi-GPU systems and content quality jumps, and a full seamless, plug-and-play VR experience is delivered.

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LiquidVR: AMD’s software push for Virtual Reality

LiquidVR: AMD’s software push for Virtual Reality

This week AMD revealed their developer-aimed virtual reality experience, LiquidVR by AMD. "We are seekers of new experiences," said AMD's CVP of Visual Computing Raja Koduri, "When you see it, when you feel it, you know it's something different." Koduri spoke of his latest experience with Oculus VR - at CES 2015 - and how he felt like the world had changed. Presence is here, and Virtual Reality is no longer a place where we have to worry about getting motion sickness. VR is here - or nearly here.

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AMD reveals Carrizo, it’s first high-performance SoC, coming 2015

AMD reveals Carrizo, it’s first high-performance SoC, coming 2015

The lure of the mobile industry is so great that even giants in the traditional PC business are scrambling to leave a mark. Just like Intel, AMD is also developing its own system-on-chip or application processing unit (APU) that will power tablets, laptops, and all-in-one computers. At its Future of Compute event, the chip maker has revealed the Carrizo, a high performance chip, and its "mainstream", in other words, less performant, counterpart, Carrizo-L. The two chips are said to be ready to ship and be integrated into devices by the first half of 2015.

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Samsung, AMD team up to bring FreeSync to UHD monitors

Samsung, AMD team up to bring FreeSync to UHD monitors

In an almost surprising partnership, Samsung and AMD have announced that the two will be working together to bring the chip maker's FreeSync technology to the display manufacturer's upcoming line of Ultra HD capable monitors next year. The marriage of the two technologies will be targeting gamers and creative professionals who require not only accurate colors and high resolutions but also fluid frame rates. Though the combination sounds almost natural, the people involved and the timing could make one wonder if there are other factors involved.

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Assassin’s Creed Unity issues: Ubisoft blames AMD [UPDATE: Ubisoft recants]

Assassin’s Creed Unity issues: Ubisoft blames AMD [UPDATE: Ubisoft recants]

It's not been a great couple of days for Ubisoft. Assassin's Creed Unity was put on sale a full 12 hours before the review embargo was lifted, reviews were less than positive, and there've been several reports of graphics glitches in-game for both the console (PS4, Xbox One), and PC versions of the game. Today Ubisoft has responded to a couple of complaints, suggesting in one case that "graphics performance" could be "adversely affected by certain AMD CPU and GPU configurations." Ubisoft appears to be suggesting this performance hit is only present on PCs, not necessarily Xbox One or PS4.

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Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

Xbox One Slim: tipped with tinier AMD chip

How do you beat the competition in the gaming console business? If you're Microsoft and you've got an Xbox One, the most recent and best answer you might have is cutting costs. They've currently got a holiday sale on their Kinect-less Xbox One, knocking the price down by $50. With an Xbox One Slim on the books, they may very well be able to knock it all down another $50 - so we must hypothesize. The tip here comes from a LinkedIn listing which suggests a 20nm chip is on the way.

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Apple facing lawsuit over 2011 Macbook Pro GPU

Apple facing lawsuit over 2011 Macbook Pro GPU

Apple makes beautiful products, but they’re not perfect. A recent iPhone 5 button swap made that clear, and though it took longer than many would have liked for Apple to respond to the issue, they did. This time, they’ll have no choice. A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Northern California, alleging Apple’s 2011 Macbook Pro might be suffering from GPU issues Apple failed to acknowledge. The issue is said to affect both the 15-inch and 17-inch screen versions.

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Radeon R7 series is AMD’s first foray into SSDs

Radeon R7 series is AMD’s first foray into SSDs

AMD is once again expanding the scope of the Radeon brand that it inherited from the ATI acquisition. After getting into the memory business in 2011, AMD is now trying to make a name in the solid state drive market. But will the new Radeon R7 SSD series make a significant dent enough to pull the company from its financial slump?

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