CPU/CHIPSET NEWS

October 19th, 2012, 8:00 AM

AMD Announces Q3 Results; $157 Million Loss, Layoffs Planned

AMD has been struggling as of late and their latest financial results point to a situation that is looking quite bleak, particularly for the APU business.   One of the main challenges faced by technology companies in this day and age is staying profitable, regardless of the market’s troubling waters.  While many (including Intel and NVIDIA) [...]

October 15th, 2012, 11:32 PM

AMD Preparing for Another Round of Layoffs?

AMD could be preparing to lay off up to 30 percent of its workforce after warning investors late last week of a massive sales and earnings miss. AMD has been urgently trying to better its financial affairs this year, but stagnant sales of its Bulldozer and APU lines have been hampering its progress. While AMD [...]

October 1st, 2012, 10:37 PM

Desktop ‘Trinity’ Becomes a Reality With 2nd Gen. AMD A-Series APU Launch

AMD’s long awaited desktop edition of the ‘Trinity’ APU finally became a reality today when the company launched its second generation A-series APU into retail and distribution channels. “The new AMD A-Series APU is ideal for anyone looking for a new desktop or home theatre PC with leading performance for the dollar,” said Leslie Sobon, [...]

September 30th, 2012, 5:56 PM

Intel Launches ‘Clover Trail’

Intel has long struggled to adapt to the changing realities of the I.T marketplace: the company that dominated the P.C processor market space had fumbled the transition to a mobile-centric computing market, losing market share to ARM licensees. Now, with the introduction of Clover Trail — officially unveiled Friday in San Francisco — Intel is [...]

August 29th, 2012, 11:18 AM

For AMD, the Future is in ‘Surround Computing’

On Wednesday, at the Hot Chips conference in Cupertino, AMD’s chief technology officer argued with a concentrated passion that the future of computing is in the emerging trend of ‘surround computing’. As Mr. Papermaster explained, ‘surround computing’ is the logical conclusion to the era of ubiquitous data generated by the increasing growth of mobile computing [...]

August 27th, 2012, 12:18 PM

AMD Introduces Entry-Level FX 4130 Processor

AMD has spent the day on the low-price offensive: in addition to introducing an aggressive set of price cuts, the chipmaker has introduced the AMD FX-4100 — a new entry level chip geared towards low end systems. “The AMD  FX-4130 processor, for enthusiasts who like their graphics (GPU) interchangeable and upgradeable, is a 4-core CPU [...]

August 27th, 2012, 11:02 AM

After GPU Price Cuts, AMD Makes Chip Price Cuts

Following its price cuts for Radeon GPUs, AMD has cut prices across the board for its A-series, FX series, and Phenom II processors. In AMD’s A6 line, the notable price cuts were the A6-3670K, which saw 20% being knocked-off its price and the A6-3650 which got a 19% cut going from $95 to $77. For [...]

August 8th, 2012, 1:55 PM

AMD Goes to Debt Market to Raise $300 Million in Senior Notes

AMD announced Tuesday that it was heading to the debt market to raise $300 million in senior notes. A senior note is debt issued by a business that is of the highest seniority on the issuer’s balance sheets. It is secured by collateral, and should the issuer go bankrupt this debt must be repaid. It [...]

August 6th, 2012, 11:04 AM

Qualcomm Nabs Intel Executive to be Marketing Chief

Qualcomm announced Monday that it had named former Intel executive Anand Chandrasekher to the position of Chief Marketing Officer. “I am pleased to welcome Anand Chandrasekher as chief marketing officer,” Qualcomm President Steve Mollenkopf said in a statement. “His extensive experience in marketing and management makes Anand well-suited to help grow Qualcomm’s communications and marketing [...]

August 1st, 2012, 12:56 PM

AMD Nabs ARM Expert from Apple

In a bid to prove its seriousness about developing a mobile chip strategy, AMD has hired a former Apple chip designer who has a wealth of experience in the low-power processor design sector. AMD announced Wednesday that it had hired Jim Keller, formerly of Apple’s platform architecture group, to serve as corporate vice president and [...]