December 20th, 2011, 9:52 AM

AMD Announces New A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs)

AMD today updated its A-Series line-up of desktop and notebook Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), further improving its top-performing family of dual- and quad-core APUs. Along with speed and performance improvements, AMD Steady Video update make this unique feature more compelling than ever. For desktop users, AMD extends its overclocking pedigree to the APU; for the [...]

December 19th, 2011, 1:28 PM

Microsoft Pulls “Bulldozer” Hotfix

Claiming that the patch was incomplete and released by mistake, Microsoft has pulled a hotfix for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 designed to improve performance on AMD’s “Bulldozer” platform. This hotfix was supposed to offer a performance increase of 10 to 15 percent by addressing performance issues with simultaneous multithreading. However, according to HardOCP, [...]

December 16th, 2011, 2:48 AM

AMD to Appoint Dr. Lisa Su as Senior Vice President and GM, Global Business Units

AMD announced today that Dr. Lisa Su, 42, has agreed to join the company as senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units. She will report to president and chief executive officer Rory Read. Dr. Su, who was most recently senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Multimedia at Freescale Semiconductor Inc., will [...]

December 15th, 2011, 1:34 PM

Microsoft Gives AMD’s ‘Bulldozer’ an Update

This patch has been pulled by Microsoft as some users have complained that it actually further lowers performance. See this story. Microsoft today released a hotfix for Windows 7 users using AMD’s ‘Bulldozer’ chips that aims to address performance issues with simultaneous multithreading. According to the hotfix page: This article introduces an update that optimizes [...]

December 14th, 2011, 11:01 AM

Has AMD’s Chief Marketing Officer Been Axed?

AMD’s Chief Marketing Officer, Nigel Dessau, announced yesterday on Twitter that he is leaving the company and speculation is rampant that he has been fired by new CEO Rory P. Read as part of Mr. Read’s promise to restructure the company. Mr. Dessau left Sun Microsystems in 2008, where he was senior vice president of [...]

December 12th, 2011, 1:48 PM

Updated: AMD Preparing ‘Ultrabook’ Competitor?

Updated December 13 at 12:05 Pacific Time with a comment from an AMD spokesperson. In an interview with The Australian [paywalled], AMD’s AMD Australia and New Zealand country manager Brian Slattery said that the company is preparing a “ultrathin” line of AMD powered laptop’s to compete with Intel’s ‘Ultrabooks’. Mr. Slattery told The Australian that [...]

December 12th, 2011, 12:01 AM

19 Intel CPUs to be End of Lifed

CPU World is reporting that Intel plans to shift their CPU lineup in Q2 2012, dropping support for 19 chips from their Clarkdale, Lynnfield, and Sandy Bridge lines. According to CPU World the list includes: Pentium G6950, G6960, G620, G620T, and G840 Core i3 540 and 2100T Core i5 650, 660, 670, 680, and 2300 [...]

November 28th, 2011, 12:01 PM

Website Leakes Ivy Bridge Details

Hardware news website CPU World has managed to get their hands on leaked details about Intel’s new upcoming Ivy Bridge CPU desktop lineup. Citing sources in China, the site says that there will be “3 mainstream, 2 unlocked, three mid-power and three low-power models” in Intel’s Ivy Bridge lineup. The chips will share similar fundamentals [...]

November 17th, 2011, 1:54 AM

Intel Reveals Details of Next-Generation High-Performance Computing Platforms

At SC11, Intel Corporation revealed details about the company’s next-generation Intel Xeon processor-based and Intel Many Integrated Core (Intel MIC)-based platforms designed for high-performance computing (HPC). The company also outlined new investments in research and development that will lead the industry to Exascale performance by 2018. During his briefing at the conference, Rajeeb Hazra, general [...]

November 14th, 2011, 1:18 PM

AMD Releases Bulldozer Based 16-Core Opteron Processors

Troubled processor manufacturer AMD released today the long delayed Opteron 6200 and 4200 Bulldozer based chip lines, formerly codenamed Interlagos and Valencia. “Our industry is at a new juncture; virtualization has provided a new level of reliable consolidation and businesses are now looking to the cloud for even more agility and efficiency,” said Paul Struhsaker, [...]