NEWS

July 25th, 2012, 1:03 PM

Delays Reportedly Plague Radeon 7990

AMD’s Radeon 7990, which was supposed to be launched at Computex according to information obtained by Hardware Canucks, has been apparently delayed again and pushed back until August according to a report by VR-Zone. Allegedly, the reason for the delay is a shortage of PEX8747 PCI-e bridge chips manufactured by PLX  – which are an [...]

July 25th, 2012, 10:55 AM

Report Claims Microsoft Limiting Release of Windows RT to OEMs

Microsoft is tightly limiting the release of Windows RT to OEMs during the initial launch period and then will lift the restrictions in January, according to an unconfirmed report by the China Economic Times. The Times says that Microsoft has enforced partnerships between ARM chipset vendors and OEMs: NVIDIA is teaming with Lenovo and Asus, [...]

July 24th, 2012, 3:37 PM

Can 100W USB Make Proprietary Chargers Obsolete?

One of the only major non-Tablet or Ultrabook related stories at Computex this year was Intel’s coming out party of Thunderbolt on the PC. As Intel’s peripheral connectivity protocol is capable of 10Gbps of data throughput, it was marketed at Computex as the USB 3.0 killer. The USB protocol can’t beat Thunderbolt on speed throughput, [...]

July 24th, 2012, 1:15 PM

Two Executives Depart AMD for Rivals

AMD has lost two high ranking executives to rivals: Bob Feldstein, who oversaw the company’s relationship with console manufactures departed for NVIDIA, while AMD’s man in the Asia Pacific, Ben Williams, has left for Calxeda. Mr. Feldstein, who came to AMD when the company acquired ATI, has taken up the position of vice president of [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 2:25 PM

NVIDIA Releases New Tech Demo, “A New Dawn”

NVIDIA has released a new tech demo, called “A New Dawn”, on the tenth anniversary of the release of the Geforce FX-era tech demo “Dawn”. From NVIDIA: “A New Dawn” showcases the latest graphics advancements in hair, skin, and environment rendering. Based on fan feedback, “A New Dawn” has been tweaked to run on both [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 2:03 PM

ARM’s Advances Into Sub-20nm Chips Puts Pressure on Legacy Chipmakers

ARM announced today that it had began collaboration with Taiwan Silicon Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) to produce sub-20nm 64-bit CPUs based upon new 3D transistor technology. “By working closely with TSMC, we are able to leverage TSMC’s ability to quickly ramp volume production of highly integrated SoCs in advanced silicon process technology,” said Simon Segars, executive [...]

July 23rd, 2012, 10:50 AM

Report: SSDs Are “No Threat” to Hard Disk in Notebook Sector

The death of Hard Disk-based notebooks in favour of Solid State Drives has been greatly exaggerated, according to analyst group IHS iSuppli. The research group’s main argument about the lack of market dominance by SSD devices? Price. On average, the price of a notebook with 500 GB HDD is between $450 and $550 while an [...]

July 20th, 2012, 11:33 AM

Microsoft Reports First Quarterly Loss

For the first time in its history as a public company, Microsoft has posted a quarterly loss. Microsoft posted a net loss of $492 million, or a loss of $0.06 per share, this quarter compared to the net income of $5.87 billion it had in the same quarter of last year. The company’s loss mostly [...]

July 19th, 2012, 3:37 PM

In a Sluggish Quarter, AMD Manages to Post a Profit

As the summer of silicon discontent drags on with weak earnings across the board for silicon companies, AMD has managed to remain profitable. While revenues continued to slip, AMD managed to bring in $37 million in profit on revenues, which dipped 11 percent from the last quarter, of $1.41 billion. Last year during this reporting [...]

July 19th, 2012, 2:12 PM

Former AMD Engineer Turns Up at Apple

According to a Linkedin profile update first noticed by Semi Accurate, former AMD system engineer John Bruno — who is seen to be one of the ‘fathers’ of Trinity — has turned up at Apple. Mr. Bruno joined AMD when it acquired graphics manufacturer ATI, but was laid off in November 2011 as part of [...]