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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 Fusion APU Lineup Expanded with A4-3300 and A4-3400

AMD Fusion APU Lineup Expanded with A4-3300 and A4-3400

Today the fine folks at AMD have announced availability of their brand new AMD A-Series APUs, the A4-330 and A4-3400 desktop processors in a move that brings the entry-level desktop APU price down to an unbelievable $70 (U.S. suggested retail price.) This will allow custom home desktop builders to bring what AMD describes as "brilliant HD graphics, advanced performance, and fast application and connectivity speeds" to their masterpiece machines for rock bottom prices. These APUs offer competitive power and graphics supporting Steady Video, Dual Graphics, USB 3.0, and AMD VISION Engine Software, amongst many other features right out of the box.

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AMD updates Fusion C and E series APU processors

AMD updates Fusion C and E series APU processors

AMD announced today that it's releasing updated versions of its award-winning C and E series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). These APUs are advanced hybrids of CPUs and GPUs that packs in plenty of graphics and processing power into an efficient and space-saving chip to power mobile computing devices such as laptops and netbooks.

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AMD Introduces New Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD Introduces New Triple-Core A6-3500 APU

AMD today announced the availability of a new APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) called the A6-3500 that extends the company's lineup of A-Series processors, delivering brilliant HD graphics and high-speed performance. Unlike the A8-3800 and A6-3600 processors in the series, this new A6-3500 will not be quad-core. Instead, it is the first triple-core Llano APU and has a sub-$100 price tag that make it ideal for starter or budget gaming systems.

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AMD admits it’s ignoring smartphones

AMD admits it’s ignoring smartphones

AMD has admitted that it ceded the smartphone processor space to rivals, arguing that the company's strengths in graphics don't lend themselves to the handset segment. Instead, SVP and product group manager Rick Bergman suggests, tablets are where AMD's future lies, with the company's Z-series APUs delivering a balance of video performance and battery life. Speaking in Colorado this week, PC World reports, Bergman also reiterated earlier denials of ARM-based chipset plans.

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Gateway ID and NV notebooks outed: Core i5 and AMD APU options

Gateway ID and NV notebooks outed: Core i5 and AMD APU options

Gateway has outed its updated ID and NV notebook ranges, offering Sandy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 and - on select models - NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching. The Gateway ID47 series is particularly slick, using new LCD display technology to fit a 14-inch edge-to-edge panel into a notebook you'd more commonly find with a 13.3-inch screen.

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ASUS Eee Top range updated with AMD Fusion chips

ASUS Eee Top range updated with AMD Fusion chips

ASUS has outed its latest all-in-one PCs, the 15.6-inch Eee Top ET1611PUT based on Intel's Atom chips and the 20-inch Eee Top ET2011AUKB and ET2011AUTB based on AMD's Brazos APUs. What we're most pleased to see, however, is that the ET2011AUKB comes with a matte-finish display (the ET2011AUTB has a glossy display, albeit one that also responds to multitouch gestures).

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Freescale i.MX6 quad-core reference design caught on video at FTF 2011

Freescale i.MX6 quad-core reference design caught on video at FTF 2011

Back in January around CES time, we uncovered some details on the Freescale i.MX6 platform that was then said to support up to four ARM Cortex A9 processing cores. The platform was aimed at tablets and smartphones when we first saw it. Freescale said at the time that the platform was up to five times faster than the current generation chips inside devices. The platform promised some nice features that had us intrigued like 1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode and support for 3D playback as well.

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AMD Fusion A-Series APUs: Llano graduates with 10.5hr battery life, HD graphics

AMD Fusion A-Series APUs: Llano graduates with 10.5hr battery life, HD graphics

AMD has officially launched the Fusion A-Series APUs, as previewed at Computex earlier this month. The new Accelerated Processing Units - which are a hybrid of CPU and GPU technology - were previously known as Llano and can already be found in various desktops and notebooks, bringing along their DirectX 11 and HD video support.

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AMD Trinity APU confirmed for 2012; Z-Series for tablets imminent

AMD Trinity APU confirmed for 2012; Z-Series for tablets imminent

AMD has officially unveiled its next-gen Fusion chip, Trinity, which will replace the current APU, Llano, in 2012. Presented at Computex 2011 earlier today, Trinity uses the Bulldozer APU and will drop next year; until then, of course, there's Llano's official launch as the VISION A-Series of chips next month, broken down into three tiers: A4, A6 and A8.

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AMD Llano APU prices leak

AMD Llano APU prices leak

If the thought of the AMD Llano family of Fusion APUs has you all excited for some CPU and integrated GPU love, prices on some of that hardware have now leaked. According to some research, DigiTimes did on the coming Llano parts and some Bulldozer parts the prices look pretty good. The chart DigiTimes cooked up even puts the competing Intel product into the mix.

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Adapteva supercomputer for Mobile phones could power future game consoles

Adapteva supercomputer for Mobile phones could power future game consoles

The processors and APUs inside our smartphones and other mobile devices are getting faster with each generation. The computing power in these small devices is far beyond what you could have in many computers when I was a kid. A company called Adapteva has pitched a new chip for smartphones and other devices that has many more cores inside than the two that processors in some smartphones in use today.

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