Q&A with AMD CEO Dirk Meyer
DigiTimes conducted an interview with AMD CEO Dirk Meyer, check it out here.
Q: How did AMD benefit from the spin-off of Globalfoundries?
A: AMD has become a fabless semiconductor company and is no longer required to manage its factories, therefore the company is able to spend more time and energy focusing on R&D and marketing to efficiently boost the investment return of its intellectual property (IP).
In order to speed up the company's response time to market demand, we have integrated the management of CPU and GPU departments and formed a new department, the products group, led by Rick Bergman. As a result, AMD will be able to evaluate all the products with a more comprehensive perspective, helping the company to best use its IP and launching products with an even quicker time-to-market.
Meanwhile, we also have a department, the customer group, that give assistance to our clients. The department is also in charge of marketing as well as pricing of the products to allow the department to quickly respond to client demand.
AMD's CPUs are mostly outsourced to Globalfoundries, while GPU and chipsets are outsourced to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). We plan to outsource APUs to Globalfoundries.
Q: Can you tell us about AMD's APU plans?
A: The Fusion products (APUs) can be adopted into netbooks, notebooks and desktops, and we are already in the process of manufacturing engineering samples with official shipments set for the first half of 2011.
As for the market watchers' concerns about whether APUs will impact the discrete graphics card market, we believe the influence will be very limited since the GPUs in our Fusion products target the mainstream market, and consumers in the enthusiast market will still need a discrete graphics card for their high-performance PCs.
Q: What are AMD's thoughts about Intel and Nvidia entering the tablet PC and smartphone markets?
A: We don't have plans to enter the smartphone market since the industry is already filled with players and we believe that we should focus on the industries where we have advantages, such as notebooks, desktops and servers.
As for tablet PCs, based on our years of observation, I believe tablets have the chance to see obvious growth after average prices drop below US$299. For now, tablet PCs are simply a supplemental product of the traditional PC.
Although AMD is not the first player to enter the industry, if we can find a good business opportunity in the market, I believe we are capable of becoming a quick follower.
Q: Despite the fact that netbook shipment growth is already slowing down, why is AMD still aggressive in the industry.
A: We are still optimistic about the netbook market. According to our internal data, netbook shipments in 2011 will still see an on-year growth of 20%, similar to that of traditional notebooks, meaning netbook shipments will be able to reach 20-30 million units next year.
Due to their cheap price, netbooks are only capable of giving consumers very basic functions such as browsing the Internet and receiving e-mails, but as consumers still demand more from these machines and are asking to be able to run multimedia content as well as playing games, AMD has offered a new ultra-thin series notebook platform, targeting a market segment that we called Super Mobility, which we believe will see quick growth.
The ultra-thin platform allows AMD's partners to develop notebooks with performance surpassing the traditional netbook, but still featuring a similar low price. Lenovo has already released two products that feature the platform, the ThinkPad Edge and ThinkPad X100e.
In 2011, AMD will launch a new processor codenamed Bobcat, targeting mainly the netbook market; however, the processor may also be used for smaller devices such as tablet PCs.
Bobcat, technically, should have no trouble being adopted by tablet PCs, but the choice will still lie in the hands of vendors. Although our CPU's power consumption already meets consumers' needs for tablet PCs, we are still evaluating carefully before deciding how much to invest in the tablet PC market.
Q: What are AMD's plans for cloud computing
A: Facing fierce market competition, our server CPU market share in the past year has maintained level. We believe there are chances us to raise its market share in the future.
We launched our 12-core Magny-Cours processor under the Opteron 6000 series platform in the first half of 2010, and are set to launch the Opteron 4000 series in the future.
Our strategy is to provide our clients with all different levels of products that satisfy their demands with low prices. We believe our strategy can perfectly meet market demand, especially as cloud computing is already becoming a standard application in the IT market.
GPU-Z 0.4.9 released
GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.
- Added support for GeForce GTX 570, GTX 460 SE
- Added support for PCI-Express 3.0
- Added PowerColor Giveaway
- Added Colorfire PCI vendor ID
- Added detection for AMD Radeon HD 6310, HD 6370
- Fixed BIOS >64k reading on GF110
- Added GT215 based GT 220
- Fixed TMU count on GF104
- Improved default clock reading on GeForce GTX 580
- Better error handling for memory type detection code
Realtek HD Audio 2.55 audio driver
The latest download of Realtek's HD audio driver version available for Windows XP, Vista, it runs under Windows 7 too.
The HD audio driver version for Realtek chips is available for download on our server. This download offers both the Windows XP and Vista/7 binaries, the files contain drivers for the 32 Bit and 64 Bit versions. All Realtek HD audio chips, which are common on many motherboards and in notebooks, are supported.
Realtek High Definition Audio Codec Driver - this is the sound drivers for a new generation of audio Realtek (HD Audio), namely models ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267, ALC268 and ALC269.
Changes in Driver Package R2.55:
Realtek HD Audio Driver support all of Realtek HD Audio Codec.
1. Vista/Windows 7 WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
2. Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC892, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC665, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC270, ALC272, ALC273, ALC887,ALC670, ALC275, ALC680
3. HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
4. OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Windows Server 2003, Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows7 - x86/x64
5. Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
1.) Driver :
POINT of VIEW GeForce GTX 580 BEAST
Point of View announces today that it is first to market with a water cooled GeForce GTX 580 graphics card, the POV/TGT GeForce GTX 580
Zalman ZM-M240W Stereoscopic monitor review
Zalman released a new 24" 3D monitor tagged as ZM-M240W. This Stereoscopic 3D LCD Monitor is at a convenient size of 24" / 60cm allowing you to use it perfectly fine as desktop monitor, and it's not too small to watch a 3D movie on either .. with a supported Full HD monitor resolution at 1920x1080 that is.
In the industry the biggest discussion right now is whether to use passive Polarization or active shutter glasses. This one uses a passive solution, but as it turns out, it works quite well.
Read the full article right here.
ASUS P8P67 WS Revolution motherboard details
ASUS is prepping a new consumer workstation motherboard with Intel's P67 chipset, the P8P67 WS Revolution accepts LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors and is expected to be released in early 2011. The Asus motherboard has a 16+2 digital power phase design and an EPU that ensure up to a 92% power efficiency.
Interesting is the inclusion of a NF200 (NVIDIA) bridge chip allowing 3-way SLI, four PCI-Express x16 slots, four SATA 6.0 Gbps and four SATA 3.0 Gbps ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, support for DDR3-2200+ memory (dual-channel).
Inno3D preps watercooled GeForce GTX 580
Expreview got its hands on a photo of Inno3D's watercooled GeForce GTX 580 iChill Black Edition.
Different from the several previous Inno3D water-cooled graphics cards,GTX 580 Ichill Black Edition adopts one-in all design.Water pump and water block combine with each other,which exempts much trouble for players,there is no need for them to buy water pump,water case additionally and install pipes on their own.And therefore,the design is user-friendly.
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Exploring ATI's Image Quality Optimizations
Topic of discussion for many weeks now is that AMD has been applying a series of optimizations that could easily be seen and explained as a cheat. Currently with the Radeon HD 6000 series release the Catalyst drivers (Catalyst AI) have a new setting which allows control over control texture filtering with settings for 'High Quality', 'Quality' and 'Performance'.
Let's have a quick look at what it means, but most of all, what to look for and what performance effect it has in this quicky small article.
You can read the article here.
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (NiBiTor) Version 5.9
NVIDIA BIOS Editor (or NiBiTor) has been updted, the BIOS application is now at version 5.9. NiBiTor allows enthusiasts to extract and manipulate with the VGA BIOS from a supported graphics card. With each new release, the a number of new GPUs are added to the supported products list, bugs fixed, and stability improved.
- GeForce GTS 450
- GeForce GTS 360M
- GeForce GT 310M
- GeForce GTX 285M
- GeForce GT 240M
With this release, NiBiTor also adds the ability to manipulate with minimum/maximum fan speeds
Corsair Force F90 and F180 SSDs launched
Corsair will add two new SandForce SF-1200 based Force series solid state disks to its lineup; the 90GB F90 and the 180GB F180. These SSDs should be available in retail stores for $189.99 and $399.99, respectively.
PR - These latest additions to the Corsair Force Series are built using the Sandforce SF-1200 SSD Processor, which provides exceptional performance, including read speeds of up to 285 MB/sec and write speeds of up to 275 MB/sec, with a 4K random write throughput of up to 50,000 IOPs. This is the same level of performance as that of enterprise-level SSDs, and results in unmatched system responsiveness.
Spire Sentor 6004 Professional PC Chassis
The Sentor 6004 pc case is a high-end, versatile and strong chassis. Well thought out complete tower structure ensuring both maximum performance and computing satisfaction for the professional user, enthusiast and gamer alike. Every element of the Sentor 6004 has been engineered to provide maximum cooling performance. Up to nine (9) LED 12cm fans can be mounted throughout the chassis, ensuring unbeatable cooling. The meshed aluminum front panel and meshed side panel allows unrestricted fresh air intake which is mandatory for today
Transcend 2000MHz 8GB Dual-channel Memory Kits
Transcend launched an 8GB aXeRam DDR3-2000 memory kit that contains two identically matched 4GB memory modules. With a combination of high capacity, high clock speed and exceptionally low voltage of just 1.6V, the new modules are ideal for hardcore gamers, overclockers and professional users reap the benefits of a 64-bit operating system.
64-bit processors have become mainstream in mid-range and high-end systems due to their ability to support memory capacities larger than 4GB, which is essential for memory-hungry applications such as HD video editing, large databases, virtual server farms, etc. With 8GB of total capacity, a clock frequency of 2000MHz and timings of 9-11-9-24, Transcend
Sparkle Low-Profile GeForce GT 430 512 MB
PR - Sparkle announced New Edition of SPARKLE GeForce GT 430 512MB Graphics Card, bringing unparalleled levels of price/performance to mainstream users. Exquisitely made cooling fan, which has high performance thermal compound ensures optimal thermal dissipation even after years of use.
Multi-Card USB Readers from Elecom
Multi-card USB readers
Flash Player 10.2 beta has better hardware acceleration
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Preorder Trailer
ASUS P8P67 Deluxe Sandy bridge mobo preview
This motherboard is using a 16+2 phases (digital) design cooled by Guru3D blue'ish heatsinks. Of course features like SATA 6G and USB 3 are available as well, and guess what, the board supports SLI and Crossfire, albeit in a x8:x8 configuration. There even is a 3rd mechanical x16 slot though that one is limited at x4 PCE lanes (still handy for a PhysX card). What's going to be big for this motherboard is that it does not have a BIOS anymore, at least not in the traditional way that we know it. This will be one of the first motherboards with the all new EFI BIOS.
Check out the preview right here.
Asetek Liquid CPU Coolers with 92 mm Fans
Asetek announced three new liquid CPU coolers for OEMs and system builders, designed for chassis utilizing 92mm exhaust fans. The products include: a single exhaust port, single-CPU cooler; a dual exhaust port, single-CPU cooler; and a dual exhaust port, dual-CPU cooler. These new Asetek products provide superior overclocking for compact gaming systems, and ultra-quiet computing and improved productivity for 3U servers and mainstream workstations.