AMD Financial Results for 2011 and Q4
AMD did reasonably well over the course of the fourth quarter, 2011, as well as the year as a whole.
That isn't to say that it actually made much profit, quite the opposite in fact, for October-December at least. There was a net loss of $177 million (136 million Euro, give or take), though it did not come about as a consequence of weak sales.
The marketing performance actually wasn't too bad, with revenues staying flat compared to the third quarter ($1.69 billion / 1.29 billion Euro). Also, for the whole year, revenue increased a small bit, ending up at $6.57 billion (5.04 billion Euro).
That said, the reason AMD incurred a loss this past quarter instead of profiting was the impairment of investments in Globalfoundries ($209 million / 160.5 million Euro loss). There were also some restructuring changes to cover, so the Sunnyvale, California-based corporation spent $98 million on that (75.26 million Euro).
If one factors in whatever monetary returns AMD managed to accrue, that leaves the CPU, APU and graphics card maker with a loss of $177 million for Q4 2011. Fortunately, the whole year didn't fare as bad, with the net income being of $491 million (377 million Euro), meaning $20 million / 15.3 million Euro above the sum of 2010 ($471 million / 361.72 million Euro).
Over 30 million APUs were shipped in 2011, belonging to the A, C and E lines, while the Bulldozer-based Opteron 6200/4200 CPUs enabled the server business to thrive. This fits with how Linley Group recently dubbed the 6200 as the best server processors currently available.
For the first quarter of 2012 (January-March), Advanced Micro Devices expects to face a revenue drop of 8%, give or take 3%.
XFX halts DoubleLifetime Warranty
It was noticed that with the AMD HD 7000-series release, XFX has silently moved away from their Double Lifetime Warranty and has instead moved to a more basic coverage model.
XFX explained that the Double Lifetime warranty isn't sustainable and they decided to pull it starting at the HD 7900-series cards release. This is what the warranty policies of XFX' HD 7900 graphics cards look like:
- Cards with Double Dissipation (Double D) or whose product number ends in "R" get Lifetime warranty if registered within 30 days.
- All other cards (ex: HD 7970 Core Edition; FX797ATNFC) get 2 Year Warranty
EVGA releases $100 EPower Board
EVGA released a new piece of silicon called the EPower Board, it basically is a VRM board that you can use with motherboards and/or graphics card (some soldering required). All this to apply more watts required for uber-overclocking.
This warranty-voiding device features a 10-phase main output, a 3-phase secondary output, digital PWM (for the main output), three 6-pin PCIe power connectors, plus EVBot and fan support.
The EPower Board costs $99.99 and is "intended only for advanced users with electronics experience."
EVGA "The Untouchables" EPower board is a separate VRM board to provide additional power for target devices, such as videocard, motherboard or other devices which may need high-current low-voltage power source.
The EVGA EPower board is designed to operate with two voltage outputs:
VCORE output - Voltage adjustment range of 800mV to 2000mV. Current source up to 400A.
VDIMM output - Voltage adjustment range of 1000mV to 5000mV. Current source up to 80A.
AWG12 or AWG10 Copper Wire with Insulation
60W or 80W Soldering Iron
Digital Multimeter for Resistance and Voltage Checks
EVGA EVBot with X58 Firmware
80 or 120mm +12V DC FAN with 3-pin header for VRM Cooling
Flux and Solder for Wire Joints
PowerVR working on real-time ray-tracing accelerator card
Anyone remember PowerVR Kyro II based cards ? Well, Imagination Technologies is planning to make a return to the discrete graphics card market in the second half of this year. Last year the company acquired ray-tracing firm Caustic Graphics, and the plan is to use this technology in a GPGPU workstation card that promises to deliver real-time ray-tracing.
Last year, Imagination Technologies acquired Caustic Graphics, a small start-up company out of San Francisco which was working hard on creating an accelerator that would make real-time ray-tracing a reality. The company managed to create two generations of products which were more technology demonstrators than anything else, but their FPGA chips worked.
Following the acquisition, Caustic continued working hard on building commercial purpose for its technology and on CES 2012, we managed to see the birth of commercialization. By using OpenRL Brazil 3.0 software dev kits (SDK), Imagination Technologies are in the final stages of bringing a real-time ray-tracing accelerator card to market.
Origin Signs 11 publishers
EA sent out a press release announcing their Origin service is expanding further beyond its EA-exclusive origins to add games from 11 more publishers:
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts (EA) Inc. (NASDAQ:EA) announced today that Origin, EA's direct-to-consumer gaming platform, will soon feature PC downloadable games from Trion Worlds, Robot Entertainment and nine other game publishers. Starting today, Trion's MMORPG Rift is the first new title added to Origin for purchase and download by PC gamers, with many more titles coming soon.
Origin is focused on providing choice to consumers and the games they play
Additional titles from publishers CD PROJEKT RED, Freebird Games, Recoil Games, Autumn Games, 1C Company, inXile entertainment, Paradox Interactive, Core Learning Ltd. and N3V Games will be available on Origin in the coming months. Origin is focused on providing choice to consumers and the games they play, said Craig Rechenmacher, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Origin at EA. From blockbuster franchises to high-quality independent titles, we're bringing the industry's best content to one place. We're excited to welcome new partners and a diverse new line-up of titles to Origin today. More information about individual titles and release dates will be available on www.origin.com.
The digital versions of Rift have seen incredible success, and Origin offers an ideal direct-to-consumer avenue for gamers interested in experiencing the rich world of Telara, said Jim Butler, Trion's Senior Director of Global Marketing. Origin has established itself as a destination for top titles currently available in the evolving digital marketplace, so it's definitely a place that Trion wants to be.
Origin offers digital downloads of more than 100 PC titles from EA and other leading game publishers. In addition to providing fast and safe game downloads and social connectivity to your gaming friends, Origin features live streaming demos, free-to-play games and cloud saves to save games and gameplay achievements online and access them from multiple PC gaming systems.
Assassin's Creed Revelations DLC 2 Released
The Mediterranean Traveller Map Pack enriches the Assassin's Creed Revelations multiplayer experience with features that include:
- All-new multiplayer maps to maneuver through: Jerusalem, Constantinople and Dyers
- Fan-favorite Italian Renaissance maps from Assassin's Creed Brotherhood to revisit: Firenze (Florence), San Donato and Siena
- All-new Trophies and Achievements to earn
The addition of six multiplayer maps introduces new gameplay opportunities through each map's varied terrain, perches and hideouts. The new collection of Trophies and Achievements will allow players to try their hand at kills and escapes that are as impressive as they are effective.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Full-Frame DSLR Spotted
Antec Three Hundred Two PC Chassis
Antec announces the Three Hundred Two enclosure, the latest addition to their Gaming Series. This sleek, black chassis is designed to handle today's and tomorrow's high-performance systems that are custom built for gamers from the inside-out.
The Three Hundred Two enclosure is perfect for gamers, system integrators and casual builders alike because of its extensive cooling advantages and expandability.
High Performance Cooling Advantages - The Three Hundred Two is built for maximum cooling thanks to its perforated front bezel, included dual TwoCool fans, and four optional fans, including a 120 mm CPU exhaust fan behind the motherboard, to ensure gamers can play beyond the long hours of the night.
Extensive Compatibility and Expandability - The Three Hundred Two utilizes eight expansion slots for up to three 12.5" (318 mm) graphics cards for compatibility with the largest GPUs.
LucidLogix Hydra About to Be Axed
LucidLogix' Hydra system-on-chip devices may have just made the difference clear between a revolutionary breakthrough and something that is 'just' a breakthrough. The Hydra 200 SoC, first used in the MSI Hydra 200 Big Bang Fuzion motherboard, seemed to fit the bill of a revolutionary technology perfectly when it emerged for the first time.
With the ability to allow AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards to work in tandem, regardless of model, it seemed to be just what everyone was waiting for. Unfortunately, the great idea turned out not to be so well received, even though initial appreciations were high.
In the end, the performance of Hydra-enabled multi-card setups was inferior to that of 'pure' AMD CrossFire or NVIDIA SLI configurations.
Now, there are genuine concerns that nothing more will come of the idea. Looking back, it seems as though the way the whole idea was approached wrong. Only some high-end motherboards actually got landed with Hydra, but the price premium made CrossFireX and SLI models all the more appealing. After all, if people could afford a high-end platform, they could just as easily afford a pair of AMD or NVIDIA cards as well.
It doesn't help the technology's situation that MSI announced it had decided not to include Hydra SoCs on future products. All in all, cross compatibility for video cards was one of those dreams that proved not to be all they were cracked up to be when they finally came true.
On the bright side, Lucid, as a company, doesn't have to worry about its wellbeing, since the Virtu and XLR8 technologies have been fueling its finances quite readily. At this point, it is almost a certainty that LucidLogix will just go ahead and abandon the whole hardware side as obsolete. If nothing else, NVIDIA and AMD can sit back and breathe a sigh of relief.
Cougar Evolution BO PC Chassis
German company Compucase, the guys behind Cougar is about to release a new chassis called the Evolution BO. This 'Super Midi-Tower' is a variation of the already-available Evolution model and features a black/orange color scheme, a steel structure, support for micro ATX and ATX motherboards, and a top-mounted 3.5-inch/2.5-inch SATA drive dock.
The Evolution BO measures 223 (W) x 523 (D) x 514 (H) mm, and has an I/O panel with two USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports, a built-in fan controller, six external 5.25-inch bays (with tool-free mounting systems), four internal 3.5-inch trays, eight PCI slots, one 120 mm Vortex HDB fan installed at the rear (up to six more fans can be installed), and two pre-drilled holes for watercooling tubing (found at the back). The Evolution BO will hit stores priced at 99 Euro.
StormST Still Tower Gamer Edition PC
Japanese PC manufacturer StormST releases their Still Tower Gamer Edition desktop PC, which is configured to offer decent features and performance at a value price point. It's more of a "pre-integrated PC", since even its chassis is sourced from other brands. The chassis is an NZXT H2 (white or black) silent case.
Innards include Intel Core i7-2600K processor cooled by SCYTHE APSALUS2 120 closed-loop water cooler, ASRock Z68 Pro3 motherboard, 8 GB (4 GB x2) DDR3-1333 MHz memory, ELSA Gladiac GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1 GB graphics, Intel SSD 320 Series 80 GB holding the OS and Program Files, 2 TB storage HDD holding Users and Documents folders, Pioneer DVD writer, Antec Earthwatts Green 650W PSU, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OS. All this, for 129,780 JPY or US $1,685.
EK Waterblocks Radeon HD 7970 waterblock installation (video)
EK Waterblocks uploaded a clip to YouTube to demonstrate how easy it is to install its new EK-FC7970 waterblock on a Radeon HD 7970:
Intel Atom sales hit an all-time low
Sales of Intel's Atom processor have hit an all-time low in Q4 2011. The chip giant pulled in $167 million of Atom sales, a far cry from the $438 million peak achieved two years ago as X-bit Labs reports.
While Intel Corp. is facing great demand towards its advanced Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" microprocessors, the firm of witnessing rapidly dropping demand towards its low-cost/low-power Atom chip line. In Q4 2011 sales of Intel Atom hit all-time low, which is another evidence of dropping popularity of netbooks and ultra low-cost PCs powered by Intel in general.
Based on Intel's financial report, the Atom micro-architecture revenue, including microprocessors and associated chipsets, was $167 million, down 38% from the third quarter and down 57% from the fourth quarter of 2010. Apparently, even despite of the beginning of revenue shipments of Atom 2000-series "Cedarview" chip, overall sales of the product family fell significantly. According to the world's largest chipmaker, Intel Atom micro-architecture revenue is down as a result of lower demand for netbooks, inexpensive small form-factor mobile computers with limited performance and capabilities.
Hack Allows PS3 Games to be Played Remotely on Vita
Radeon HD 7950 on pre-order
In Canada several webshops started listing the upcoming Radeon HD 7950, Prices range from $479.0 to $493.0 Canadian.
Interstingly enough they show specs as well, so that confirms 1792 Shader processors with a core clock frequency of 900 MHz and an effective data-rate on the memory of 5500 MHz. :
GPU : HD 7970
Core Clock (MHz) : 900MHz
Stream Processor : 1792
Mem Clock (MHz) : 5500MHz
Mem Size (MB) : 3072MB
Mem Bus (bit) : 384 bit
Mem Type : GDDR5
Card Interface : PCI Express 3.0
Board Form : ATX
D-SUB : N/A
DVI : 1x DVI-I
HDMI : 1 x HDMI
Display Port : 2x Mini Display Port
Companies listing the cards are:
If we take 490 CAN USD and convert that, in EUR it would be 375 EUR and for the USA roughly 485 USD.
AMD Radeon HD 7950 Gets Benchmarked
The next graphics card in the Radeon HD 7000-series, the Radeon HD 7950, was just benchmarked by a Chinese website (MyDrivers) who found out that AMD
OCZ Releases New Enhanced Firmware Octane Series
OCZ Technology Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:OCZ), a leading provider of high-performance solid-state drives (SSDs) for computing devices and systems, today announced the release of new enhanced IOPS firmware (v1.13) for the Octane SATA 3.0 Series SSDs. The random write performance has been significantly improved, in some capacities over double that of the previous specifications, for users looking to push their SSD performance to new heights.
For all Octane SATA 6Gb/s models, the improved IOPS made possible by this new firmware allow for greater transactional performance, especially during small file and random access speeds in everyday computing applications. When compared to the previous revision, random write IOPS performance doubles across nearly all capacities when tested in IOmeter 2008:
OCZ strives to offer the fastest, highest performing solutions on the market and continues to support customers by offering firmware innovations to their storage investments. The new enhanced IOPS firmware will begin shipping in the next batch of drives to resellers, and the upgrade file will be made available to existing customers via the company's website.
ADATA Premier Series DDR3-1600 8GB
ADATA today introduced new industry-leading, single piece 8GB DDR3-1600 high-density memory modules. Known for industry-high standards of quality control and meticulous device engineering, the new modules will meet and exceed expectations of customers who seek performance and quality in DRAM products.
With this launch ADATA is continuing its tradition as an industry leader in DRAM product line-up. These 8GB Premier Series DDR3-1600 single piece memory modules allow users to boost system performance over the limitations of memory slot availability.
The Premier Series 1600Mbps DDR3 240-Pin (Unbuffered DIMM) are standard pin design modules operating at 1.5 volts, with bandwidth up to 12.8 Gb/second (PC3 12800). The memory modules are made of cutting edge high density 4Gb DRAM, so they operate faster, consume less power, and hence operate at cooler temperatures. All the modules are in accordance with JEDEC (Joint Electron Device Engineering Council, JEDEC Solid State Technology Association) and RoHS design and production standards, simultaneously ensuring compatibility with all computer systems adopting the same standard, and are ecologically sound products. ADATA Series memory modules come with lifetime warranty and service1, providing consumers the best protection.
- 240-Pin Unbuffered DIMM / 204-Pin SO-DIMM
- JEDEC DDR3-1600 compliance and also compatible with DDR3-1333 and lower frequency operations
- RoHS compliant