Be prepared to see mobile devices and laptops running Android and Chrome OS using AMD chips under the hood. It's reported that the chip maker is open to designing and developing chips that are catered to support Android and Chrome OS. AMD will still be committed to Windows machines, but they hope to expand more into mobile territory in the future.
AMD has taken the wraps off of its 2013 A-Series "Elite" APUs for desktop, hoping to show Intel that 4th-gen Haswell won't get all the chip attention this year. Building on AMD's integrated CPU/GPU architecture, the new Elite platform consists of a cluster of new quadcore chips, ranging from the relatively power-frugal A8-6500 through to the top-spec A10-6800K running at up to 4.4GHz.
Microsoft didn't give a lot of attention to AMD during the Xbox One reveal last week, but the new console is indeed running an AMD 8-core APU, and Microsoft paid a pretty penny to make that happen. It's said that the deal between AMD and Microsoft to have the new chips in the Xbox One costs the Redmond-based company $3 billion.
AMD wants to knock Intel and ARM off their mobility perch in 2013, and the new Temash APU is how it expects to do it. Targeting media and performance tablets, as well as keyboard-dockable hybrids and 10- to 13-inch touchscreen ultraportable notebooks, the new A-series of Temash APUs feature Jaguar cores - boasting a 20-percent performance jump over Bobcat - for consumer Windows machines with the perky performance usually associated with an iPad.
It's all-change for AMD's APU line-up for mainstream and performance notebooks in 2013, as the company attempts to hit Intel where it hurts with chips that, bang for buck, offer more performance from less power. That's the claim, anyway, and Kabini - for the mainstream - and Richland - for the performance end - are the processors that are expected to deliver it. Among the boasts are the first ever quadcore for small-display touchscreen notebooks, and up to 72-percent of the gaming performance than Intel's comparable chips.
AMD might have already unveiled their HD 8000M series graphics back in December and at CES 2013, but they left out a certain chip in particular and saved it for today. The company unveiled the Radeon HD 8970M, which they claim is the world's fastest laptop graphics chip, saying that it outpaces NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 680M graphics.
Today, two new processors are joining AMD's FX CPU line-up. They are the AMD FX-4350 and AMD FX-6350 procssors. Both processors are unlocked, and are compatible with 900-series motherboards. The AMD FX-4350 processor offers quad-core performance, while the AMD FX-6350 offers 6-core performance. They're both designed to allow you seamless multitasking and much more enjoyability when it comes to watching videos or playing games.
Heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access may sound like the orderly queue you make outside the RAM store, but for AMD, hUMA is an essential part of squeezing the best from its upcoming Kaveri APUs. Detailed for the first time today, hUMA builds on AMD's existing Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) - integrating CPUs and GPUs into single, multipurpose chips - by allowing both the core processor and the graphics side to simultaneously access the same memory at the same time.
With the AMD Embedded G-Series System-on-Chip, AMD will first be working with a single-chip solution that'll employ both AMD Radeon 8000 Series graphics and their "Jaguar" CPU architecture at once. This announcement of AMD's SOC design marks the company's rumored significant push beyond the PC industry for intelligent devices of all kinds.
This week the man known as Raja Koduri has returned to a position with GPU company AMD from a 4-year appointment with Apple. So this former AMD CTO left to work with Apple four years ago, has worked there ever since (with the likes of some of the top minds on the GPU industry), and is now back to work with AMD. And this isn't the only former AMD employee to jump back aboard!
AMD has reported the financial results of its first quarter, showing a substantial year-over-year drop of 31-percent. The company saw its gross margin grow by 41-percent bcause of a $20 million sales of inventory benefit, while its Computing Solutions dropped 9-percent over the last quarter and 38-percent year-over-year. We've got the rest of the numbers after the break.