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AMD Announces New AM1 Platform

Brings Graphics Core Next (GCN) graphics to AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APU products to Worldwide Component Channel platforms enabling new power-efficient and feature-rich small form factor PCs

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —3/4/2014
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the introduction of its AM1 platform featuring the AMD quad-core and dual-core “Kabini” APU into the component channel for system builders. Combined with motherboards from leading manufacturers, the new AM1 platform will deliver award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and AMD “Jaguar” CPU cores, and bear the AMD Athlon™ and AMD Sempron™ APU brands. This will create an ecosystem of flexible and upgradable platforms at compelling price points that also feature USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s support, and microATX and miniITX motherboards for sleek and power-efficient small form factor PCs. Availability of “Kabini” desktops and components are slated to be on-shelf in select regions beginning early April, with global availability expected on April 9.

“AMD continues our APU technology leadership by introducing the AM1 platform with ‘Socketed Kabini’, an APU designed for the mainstream market,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. “The AM1 platform gives us a great opportunity to deliver a flexible infrastructure environment, and provides a multitude of options for consumers and system builders looking for upgradeability packed into an extremely affordable solution.”

“Socketed Kabini” allows for exceptional productivity, web browsing, and compute acceleration for the larger mainstream, emerging markets looking for outstanding value and performance at low power.

The AMD AM1 platform delivers balanced computing with DirectX® 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support to mainstream markets. In addition, motherboard manufacturers including, ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, ECS, Gigabyte and MSI are poised to deliver a range of next- generation desktop motherboards based on socket FS1b. These motherboards will support the latest specifications of native USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s for AMD Athlon and Sempron-series APUs for the AM1 platform. For more information on AMD motherboard partners, please visit:

AMD Brings Immersive Graphics to Embedded Applications with the New AMD Embedded Radeon™ E8860 GPU

Graphics Core Next based GPU delivers double the performance of its predecessor with industry-best seven year longevity to drive a new era of visual and GPGPU embedded systems

NUREMBERG, Germany. — Embedded World 2014 —2/25/2014 

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD Embedded Radeon™E8860 GPU (codenamed “Adelaar”), the industry’s first discrete graphics card based on Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture designed specifically to advance the visual growth and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications. With more than double the performance in the same power envelope as its predecessor1, the AMD E8860 GPU delivers 3D and 4K graphics to embedded gaming machines, digital signage, medical imaging, commercial aerospace and conventional military, and other embedded applications. A 33 percent higher single precision floating point2 over the previous generation at 768 GFLOPS enables the AMD E8860 GPU to also blast through the most complex parallel applications like terrain and weather mapping, facial and gesture recognition and biometric and DNA analysis.

“The demand for rich, vibrant graphics and enhanced parallel compute capabilities in embedded systems is greater than ever before, and is expected to continue to grow as we enter the Surround Computing era,” said Scott Aylor, corporate vice president and general manager, AMD Embedded Solutions. “Legacy graphics no longer meet the needs of embedded solutions for today and tomorrow. With unprecedented performance-per-watt, the AMD E8860 GPU addresses the need to drive multi-displays, 3D and 4K content and GPGPU compute across small form factors, harsh environments and mission critical applications.”

The AMD E8860 GPU, designed in multi-chip module packaging, comes with an industry leading seven year longevity supply guarantee3 and is available as a mobile PCI Express module (MXM) and PCI Express add-in-board. The AMD E8860 GPU drives multiple independent displays with support for AMD Eyefinity Technology4, and supports DirectX 11.1, OpenGL 4.2, and OpenCL™ 1.2 with support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Embedded 7 Standard, Windows 8/8.1, Windows Embedded 8 Standard, Linux and real-time and safety-critical operating systems supported by CoreAVI’s suite of embedded software drivers. Additional features include:

  • Industry-leading graphics memory
    • The AMD E8860 GPU features 2GB of GDDR5 frame buffer and delivers up to 80% higher memory bandwidth than the best-performing of NVIDIA’s sub-50W category GeForce GPUs5
  • Advanced GPGPU capabilities for parallel processing with up to 61 percent higher performance-per-watt than competing sub-50W category of discrete GPUs6
    • 640 Shader processors
    • AMD APP technology, OpenCL™ 1.2, DirectCompute 11.1
    • 768 / 48 GFLOPS single / double precision peak (600e/4.5Gbps)
  • Improved performance with 92 percent higher 3D graphics performance-per-watt then the previous generation7
    • 3DMark® 11 score of 2689
    • Advanced platform power management at 37W TDP
  • Enhanced graphics & video
    • 128-bit wide, 2GB GDDR5, 72GB/s
    • VCE (video encode), UVD4 (video decode)
    • DP1.2, HDMI™ 1.4, Wireless Display, Stereo 3D

“Embedded GPUs like the AMD E8860 will persevere to accommodate increasingly stringent OEM preferences as demands for HD, 3D and even 4K display capability continue to grow across a seemingly endless array of screen types and sizes,” said Chris Rommel, Executive Vice President of M2M Embedded Technology, VDC Research. “The proliferation of GPGPU computing will expand the applicability of GPUs beyond visual applications into medical, conventional military and commercial aerospace applications where massive parallel compute is a necessity.”

AMD E8860 GPU-based solutions for digital signage, conventional military and commercial aerospace, medical imaging and embedded gaming machines will be available from Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions, Quixant, SAPPHIRE, Tech Source Inc., TUL, WOLF Industrial Systems Inc., and other leading board manufacturers and solution providers beginning in Q1 2014.

AMD and BlueStacks to Bring New Dual-OS Android Solution to Retail

BlueStacks Dual-OS Android Solutions Optimized for AMD APUs Hit Retail Stores Later this Year with Purchase of select AMD-based Windows PC

BARCELONA  —2/25/2014 


AMD (NYSE: AMD) today at Mobile World Congress announced the retail availability of a new BlueStacks dual-OS Android solution, optimized for AMD APUs, with expected consumer availability in the second half of 2014. The AMD and BlueStacks joint solution brings the complete Google Android™ OS experience to select Microsoft® Windows-based AMD-based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops in select retail stores. The availability in retail stores of the virtualized Android solution, unveiled at CES earlier this year, will allow consumers to easily access  both Windows and Android environments, side-by-side, on select AMD-based PCs.  The BlueStacks solution will first be made available with several key retail partners across EMEA later this year, including Elkjop Group.

“The ability to span two OS ecosystems gives end-users access to both Windows and Android apps, but the key is providing for the seamless integration of entertainment and productivity across those ecosystems,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president, Product Management, at AMD. “Introducing our solution in retail puts AMD and BlueStacks in a unique position to offer in-store customers the option to include access to this great experience at the time of purchase of their new systems.”

PC buyers will have the choice of an AMD-BlueStacks upgrade when buying an AMD-based PC at select retailers. Easy integration of BlueStacks for retail customers effectively bridges the divide between mobile and PC, and the retail solution requires no additional driver or extension support.

The retail version of BlueStacks running on a Windows PC powered by select AMD APUs offers:

  • A familiar Android user interface, including settings, configuration and customization controls;
  • The ability to run Android apps within a window or at full-screen resolution leveraging direct access to AMD graphics processing power;
  • Support for hundreds of thousands of Android apps direct from various Android app stores, as well as synchronization between the same apps being run on the user’s stand-alone Android devices;
  • Seamless interoperability through direct file sharing that enables Android apps to access files stored within the Windows file system; and
  • Support for sensors like built-in cameras, accelerometer, gyroscope and others.

“Android-Ready PCs are the future. With BlueStacks technology, consumers can turn their AMD Windows –based PC into an Android-ready device and enjoy mobile content, games and apps on their PC and sync with their mobile phone,” said Rosen Sharma, CEO, BlueStacks. “Retail availability brings our solution to the masses, and AMD shares our enthusiasm in giving consumers the ability to enjoy Android entertainment and useful apps together with Windows productivity and gaming, on a single PC.”

As with the AMD-BlueStacks solution announced at CES 2014, the retail solution won’t require the user to disengage from one OS before using another; the AMD and BlueStacks solution runs Android virtually within Windows. The customization, settings and personalization capabilities expected from an Android device are made available in a Windows environment. The retail solution also supports easy synchronization of the two environments through BlueStack’s FoneLink service that enables AMD Windows-based PCs to become an extension of Android mobile devices and vice versa.

AMD launches AMD loyalty program with AMD Gaming Evolved app

AMD Rewards gives gamers the chance to claim prizes with points earned by increasing their ranking within the AMD Gaming Evolved application. Those points can be earned by optimizing the image quality of a game for the first time, playing any game the client has identified, verifying your email address and more. Some of the points are one-time rewards, but the application makes it easy to see how a gamer can earn more points just by checking their current point total.

The AMD Rewards points can be redeemed in an AMD-exclusive store that will be stocked with more than $5 million USD in merchandise, like: Sapphire Radeon R9 Series GPUs, >100,000 copies of free games, ASTRO gaming headsets, GameFly subscriptions, GUNNAR gaming eyewear, discounts and more.

Download the app from this url link: http://raptr.com/amd

AMD to Accelerate the ARM Server Ecosystem with the First ARM-based CPU and Development Platform from a Server Processor Vendor

Also Announces ARM-based Open Compute Micro-Server Board and OCP Contribution

SAN JOSE, Calif. —1/28/2014
Open Compute Summit V – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today added a major new milestone to its list of seminal developments in server technology. The company displayed a comprehensive development platform for its first 64-bit ARM®-based server CPU, fabricated using 28 nanometer process technology, the first from an established server vendor. AMD also announced the imminent sampling of the ARM-based processor, named the AMD Opteron™ A1100 Series, and a development platform, which includes an evaluation board and a comprehensive software suite. In addition, AMD announced that it would be contributing to the Open Compute Project a new micro-server design using the AMD Opteron A-Series, as part of the common slot architecture specification for motherboards dubbed “Group Hug.”

The AMD Opteron A-Series processor, codenamed “Seattle,” will sample this quarter along with a development platform that will make software design on the industry’s premier ARM–based server CPU quick and easy. AMD is collaborating with industry leaders to enable a robust 64-bit software ecosystem for ARM-based designs from compilers and simulators to hypervisors, operating systems and application software, in order to address key workloads in Web-tier and storage data center environments. The AMD Opteron A-Series development platform will be supported by a broad set of tools and software including a standard UEFI boot and Linux environment based on the Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored, community-driven Linux distribution.

“The needs of the data center are changing. A one-size-fits-all approach typically limits efficiency and results in higher-cost solutions,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the AMD server business unit. “The new ARM-based AMD Opteron A-Series processor brings the experience and technology portfolio of an established server processor vendor to the ARM ecosystem and provides the ideal complement to our established AMD Opteron x86 server processors.”

The AMD Opteron A1100 Series processors support:
◾4 or 8 core ARM Cortex™-A57 processors
◾Up to 4 MB of shared L2 and 8 MB of shared L3 cache
◾Configurable dual DDR3 or DDR4 memory channels with ECC at up to 1866 MT/second
◾8 lanes of PCI-Express® Gen 3 I/O
◾8 Serial ATA 3 ports
◾2 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports
◾ARM TrustZone® technology for enhanced security
◾Crypto and data compression co-processors

The AMD Opteron A-Series development kit is packaged in a Micro-ATX form factor and includes:
◾An AMD Opteron A1100 Series processor
◾4 Registered DIMM slots for up to 128GB of DDR3 DRAM
◾PCI Express® connectors configurable as a single x8 or dual x4 ports
◾8 Serial-ATA connectors
◾Compatibility with standard power supplies
◾Ability to be used stand-alone or mounted in standard rack-mount chassis
◾Standard UEFI boot environment
◾Linux environment based on Fedora, which provides developers with a rich set of tools and applications ◦Standard Linux GNU tool chain, including cross-development version
◦Platform device drivers
◦Apache web server, MySQL database engine, and PHP scripting language for developing robust web serving applications
◦Java 7 and Java 8 versions to provide developers to work in a 64-bit ARM environment

“Since 2012, AMD has been working with members of the Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG) on accelerating the ARM server ecosystem,” said Andrea Gallo, LEG director. “Linaro’s work on boot architecture including UEFI and ACPI, as well as key core server software such as an optimized LAMP stack and a best-in-class enterprise quality OpenJDK 8 Java implementation developed in collaboration with Red Hat, will enable AMD to deliver differentiated and innovative hardware solutions providing industry-leading performance and low-power products for the next generation of data center server platforms.”

AMD continues to drive the evolution of the open-source data center from vision to reality and bring choice among processor architectures. It is contributing the new AMD Open CS 1.0 Common Slot design based on the AMD Opteron A-Series processor compliant with the new Common Slot specification, also announced today, to the Open Compute Project.

“Predefined, ‘one size fits all’ server platforms are giving way to customized solutions that deliver high performance at the lowest power consumption,” said Frank Frankovsky, chairman and president of the Open Compute Project. “AMD’s contribution to the Open Compute Project expands a growing portfolio of OCP designs that enable utilization and efficiency gains in data center operations.”

AMD’s Andrew Feldman and Suresh Gopalakrishnan, executives in the server business unit, will be hosting a virtual press briefing today at 1:30 p.m. PT/ 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss the AMD Opteron A-Series announcement. Ian Drew, CMO of ARM, will also be on hand.

For more information please visit AMD’s booth at the Open Compute Summit today and tomorrow where the AMD Opteron-A development kit, AMD Open CS 1.0 server platform and partner technologies will be on display.

AMD Offers New Levels of Efficiency with 12- and 16-Core Additions to the AMD Opteron 6300 Series

AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors deliver optimized performance per-watt per-dollar* for AMD Open 3.0 Open Compute Platforms

SUNNYVALE, Calif.  —1/22/2014 

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate availability of its new 12- and 16-core AMD Opteron™ 6300 Series server processors, code named “Warsaw.” Designed for enterprise workloads, the new AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors feature the “Piledriver” core and are fully socket and software compatible with the existing AMD Opteron 6300 Series. The power efficiency and cost effectiveness of the new products are ideal for the AMD Open 3.0 Open Compute Platform – the industry’s most cost effective Open Compute platform.

Driven by customers’ requests, the new AMD Opteron™ 6338P (12 core) and 6370P (16 core) processors are optimized to handle the heavily virtualized workloads found in enterprise environments, including the more complex compute needs of data analysis, xSQL and traditional databases, at optimal performance per-watt, per-dollar.

“With the continued move to virtualized environments for more efficient server utilization, more and more workloads are limited by memory capacity and I/O bandwidth,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit, AMD. “The Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are server CPUs optimized to deliver improved performance per-watt for virtualized private cloud deployments with less power and at lower cost points.”

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The new AMD Opteron 6338P and 6370P processors are available today through Penguin and Avnet system integrators and have been qualified for servers from Sugon and Supermicro at a starting price of $377 and $598, respectively. More information can be found on AMD’s website.

AMD Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter and Annual Results

Strategic transformation drove strong revenue growth and profitability

Q4 2013 Results

  • AMD revenue of $1.59 billion, increased 9 percent sequentially and 38 percent year-over-year
  • Gross margin of 35 percent
  • Operating income of $135 million and non-GAAP(1) operating income of $91 million
  • Net income of $89 million, earnings per share of $0.12 and non-GAAP(1) net income of $45 million, earnings per share of $0.06

2013 Annual Results

  • AMD revenue of $5.3 billion, down 2 percent year-over-year
  • Gross margin of 37 percent
  • Operating income of $103 million
  • Net loss of $83 million and loss per share of $0.11

SUNNYVALE, Calif. —1/21/2014 

AMD (NYSE:AMD) today announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 2013 of $1.59 billion, operating income of $135 million and net income of $89 million, or $0.12 per share. The company reported non-GAAP operating income of $91 million and non-GAAP net income of $45 million, or $0.06 per share.

For the year ended December 28, 2013, AMD reported revenue of $5.3 billion, operating income of $103 million and a net loss of $83 million, or $0.11 per share.

“Strong execution of our strategic transformation plan drove significant revenue growth and improved profitability in the fourth quarter,” said Rory Read, AMD president and CEO. “The continued ramp of our semi-custom SoCs and leadership graphics products resulted in a 38 percent revenue increase from the year ago quarter. Our focus in 2014 is to deliver revenue growth and profitability for the full year by leveraging our differentiated IP to drive success in our targeted new markets and core businesses.”

Quarterly Financial Summary

  • Gross margin was 35 percent in Q4 2013.
    • Gross margin decreased 1 percentage point sequentially. Q4 2013 gross margin included a $7 million benefit from the sale of inventory previously reserved in Q3 2012 as compared to a similar benefit of $19 million in Q3 2013.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance, including long-term marketable securities, was $1.2 billion at the end of the quarter, in line with expectations.
  • Computing Solutions segment revenue decreased 9 percent sequentially and 13 percent year-over-year. The sequential and year-over-year declines were primarily due to decreased chipset and notebook unit shipments.
    • Operating loss was $7 million, compared with operating income of $22 million in Q3 2013, primarily due to lower revenue and higher bonus expense. Operating loss for Q4 2012 was $323 million.
    • Microprocessor Average Selling Price (ASP) increased sequentially and year-over-year.
  • Graphics and Visual Solutions segment revenue increased 29 percent sequentially and 165 percent year-over-year primarily driven by our semi-custom SoCs.
    • Operating income was $121 million compared with $79 million in Q3 2013 and $22 million in Q4 2012, primarily due to increased revenue from our semi-custom SoCs.
    • GPU ASP increased sequentially and year-over-year.

Recent Highlights

  • Microsoft and Sony launched their next-generation gaming and entertainment consoles powered by semi-custom AMD APUs. Combined, the two consoles sold more than seven million units in less than two months.
  • AMD began shipping the next-generation AMD A-series desktop APU codenamed “Kaveri,” ushering in the next level of graphics, compute and efficiency for desktops, notebooks, embedded systems and servers. “Kaveri” is the first APU to include Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, AMD TrueAudio technology and support for AMD’s Mantle API.
  • AMD announced low-power APU offerings for 2014 with the addition of “Beema” and ultra-low power “Mullins” mobile APUs to its roadmap. Raising the performance bar across fanless tablets, 2-in-1s and ultrathin notebooks, the new APUs deliver more than 2x the performance-per-watt of the previous generation(2)(3). AMD showcased the innovative features and potential of both “Beema” and “Mullins” at CES 2014 with the company’s award-winning Discovery Project PC gaming and productivity tablet, as well as the “Nano PC,” a full-featured Windows 8 PC reference design the size of a smartphone.
  • AMD launched a new family of mobile discrete GPU products. The AMD Radeon™ R9, R7, and R5 M200 Series mobile GPUs are powered by the award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and bolstered by the Mantle API. Dell, Lenovo, MSI, and Clevo have announced notebooks featuring the new GPUs.
  • AMD FirePro™ professional graphics continued to gain momentum, with Apple launching its new Mac Pro, featuring dual AMD FirePro™ professional graphics solutions (GPUs.) AMD also announced the new AMD FirePro™ S10000 12GB Edition graphics card, the industry’s first “supercomputing” server graphics card with 12GB memory, specifically designed for big data, high-performance heterogeneous compute workloads for single precision and double precision performance.
  • AMD was awarded a multi-year research project associated with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Extreme-Scale Computing Research and Development Program, known as “DesignForward.” The “DesignForward” award supports the research of the interconnect architectures and technologies needed to support the data transfer capabilities in extreme-scale computing environments.

Current Outlook

AMD’s outlook statements are based on current expectations. The following statements are forward-looking, and actual results could differ materially depending on market conditions and the factors set forth under “Cautionary Statement” below.

For the first quarter of 2014, AMD expects revenue to decrease 16 percent, plus or minus 3 percent, sequentially.

For additional details regarding AMD’s results and outlook please see the CFO commentary posted at quarterlyearnings.amd.com.

Unboxing the AMD A10 7850 Kaveri processor.

The A10 7850 APU is the just released AMD APU processor with Radeon R7 Graphics. It comes with a 4Ghz max Turbo speed and has a 4 MB Cache. Kaveri A series APUs which supercedes the previous generation Richland. This new APU combines the new “Steamroller” x86 core architecture and proven GCN-based graphics cores into one CPU/GPU (APU) chip. It integrates the best of both and enhance it with HSA, Mantle, TrueAudio,Technology, and UVD/VCE to make it a one chip solution for all. It must be used on the new Socket FM2+ motherboards. Below is the unboxing video.

The A10 7850 has 4 STREAMROLLER x86 cores and has a max boost turbo speed of 4.0 GHz. It has 4MB L2 cache and 8 GCN GPU Cores. The GPU frequency is at 720MHz. It supports HSA and AMD TrueAudio Technology.

Check out the performance compared to earlier generation A10-6800K and Intel Core i5.


Today, AMD finally unveils the next generation Kaveri A series APUs which supercedes the previous generation RichLand. This new APU combines the new “Steamroller” x86 core architecture and proven GCN-based graphics cores into one CPU/GPU (APU) chip. It integrates the best of both and enhance it with HSA, Mantle, TrueAudio,Technology, and UVD/VCE to make it a one chip solution for all.


The APU comes with in various clock speeds and power rating.

They typically have  Stream Processors Up to 512
Core Clock Up to 3.7/4.0GHz
Graphics Clock Up to 720MHz
Memory Support Up to 2400MHz w/ AMP
Typical TDP
45W, 65W, 95W
Customizable via Configurable TDP
Chipset Compatibility A88X, A78, A55
HSA Heterogeneous Computing Yes
AMD TrueAudio Technology Yes
API Support
DirectX® 11.2



The APU features include  :
Up to 4 “Steamroller” x86 computing cores
–  Support for the latest ISA instructions including FMA4/3, AVX, AES, XOP
–  Up to 2MB L2 cache per dual-core module (up to 4MB total)
–  Maximum Turbo Frequencies up to 4GHz

Up to 8 GCN-based GPU cores
–  Up to 512 shaders
–  Up to 720MHz
–  8xAA and 16xAF Support
–  DirectX®11.2 Support
–  Mantle Support
–  AMD Eyefinity Technology
– supports 4K Ultra HD Support
–  DisplayPort 1.2 Support
FM2+ Platform
–  Backwards compatible platform means support for other FM2+ APUs new and old
–  PCI Express Gen 3 support
–  AMD CrossFire support with AMD A88X motherboards and above
–  AMD Memory Profile (AMP) support for up to DDR3-2400MHz
–  AMD Dual Graphics

Support with AMD Radeon™ R7 graphics cards
HSA Hetereogeneous Computing
–  hUMA – Heterogeneous Unified Memory Architecture enables shared memory between CPU
and GPU cores
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–  hQ – Heterogeneous Queuing allows both CPU and GPU cores to independently schedule tasks

AMD TrueAudio Technology
–  Dedicated DSP for true-to-life audio with no performance compromise
–  Enable dynamic 3D sound processing effects across more audio channels
–  Programmable audio pipeline grants artistic freedom to game audio design
Unified Video Decoder and Video Compression Engine
–  Dedicated hardware to offload video encoding/decoding from CPU
–  AMD Picture Perfect support with HD Post-Processing technologies

AMD and BlueStacks Collaboration Brings Full Android OS Experience to Windows PCs

BlueStacks Virtualized Android Solution Optimized for Fourth Generation AMD APUs Enables Users to Enjoy a Full Android Experience on Windows-based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops

Las Vegas, Nev. —1/6/2014 

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new milestone in their collaboration with BlueStacks, a joint solution that brings the complete Google™ Android OS experience to Microsoft® Windows- based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops. Optimizations for the fourth generation AMD APU in BlueStacks provide a complete, Android user interface and extensive support for Android apps for entertainment and productivity.

“Windows and Android are both mature operating systems, each satisfying the needs of millions of users,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president, Product Management, at AMD. “Users whose devices and preferences span the two ecosystems no longer have to face device-specific restrictions on the benefits of one ecosystem or the other because AMD and BlueStacks have created a seamless user experience between the operating systems.  Now users have access to all the apps — games, communications and content consumption — they love on their Android mobile devices right at their fingertips, while getting important productivity tasks or high-end PC gaming accomplished on their Windows PC.”

The new version of BlueStacks running on a Windows PC powered by fourth generation AMD APUs offers:

  • A familiar Android user interface, including settings, configuration and customization controls;
  • The ability to run Android apps within a window or at full-screen resolution leveraging direct access to AMD graphics processing power;
  • Support for hundreds of thousands of Android apps direct from various Android app stores, as well as synchronization between the same apps being run on the user’s stand-alone Android devices; and
  • Seamless interoperability through direct file sharing that enables Android apps to access files stored within the Windows file system.

“We’re working with AMD to build the next great PC and AMD’s industry-leading hardware allows for a more flexible experience with Android apps on the PC for end-users,” said Rosen Sharma, CEO, BlueStacks. “AMD shares our vision of Mobile Plus in providing users with easy access to their favorite Android games, mobile apps and productivity tools from all their devices and moving towards a more open/shared ecosystem.”

Unlike traditional “dual-OS” systems, which require the user to disengage from one OS before using another, the AMD and BlueStacks solution runs Android virtually within Windows. AMD APUs are designed to deliver far greater processing power than the smart phones for which Android apps are generally developed, and should provide more than enough performance to support the typical Android app’s requirements, providing a very satisfying user experience.

The latest version of BlueStacks allows consumers to sync Android apps from a mobile device to a PC with FoneLink, a cloud-based service that enables an AMD Windows-based PCs to become an extension of Android mobile devices and vice versa.  BlueStacks also adds support for AMD virtualization hardware so that multiple operating systems and their applications can run simultaneously on the same computer.



As technology leaders from around the globe arrive in Las Vegas for the 2014 International CES®, AMD (NYSE: AMD) delivers a technology showcase like no other. Inside the AMD exhibit (#CP2 in the LVCC Central Plaza), show attendees will enjoy an array of innovations powered by the latest AMD APU and graphics technologies, from stunning graphics on 4K displays, gaming on a variety of devices including tablets and the latest game consoles, to new consumer-friendly PCs supporting both Microsoft Windows® and Google™ Android applications. The star of the show is the ground-breaking “Surround House 2: Monsters in the Orchestra,” a 360-degree surround-computing demonstration that leverages the immense computing capabilities of AMD technologies to create an immersive, first-of-its-kind audiovisual and interactive experience.

“We live in an exciting new world where computing is everywhere and transforming our daily lives,” said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Global Business Units.  “AMD is at the heart of the innovations, driving a vision of ‘Surround Computing’ to provide the most visually compelling, immersive experiences in gaming, the next-generation of PCs, and the cloud.  We are truly re-defining modern computing with our customers and ecosystem partners here at CES.”

2014 AMD at CES Highlights:

  • “Kaveri” – AMD’s most powerful APUs ever, the AMD A10 7860K and 7700K (codenamed “Kaveri”), are now shipping and will be on shelves in desktops early next week, with pre-orders starting today from select system builders. “Kaveri” is the world’s first APU to include Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, the immersive sound of AMD TrueAudio Technology and the performance gaming experiences of Mantle API. “Kaveri”-based notebooks will be available in the first half of this year.
  • “Discovery Project” – Winner of two coveted CES Innovations Awards, the “Discovery Project” features AMD’s upcoming low-power “Mullins” APU in an imaginative tablet, game controller and productivity dock created to demonstrate the full capabilities of AMD innovation. The “Discovery Project” is on display in the 2014 CES Innovation Showcase as well as being demonstrated at AMD’s booth.
  • Android OS Experience on Windows – AMD and its technology partner BlueStacks announced a new joint solution bringing the full Android OS experience to Windows-based tablets, 2-in-1s, notebooks and desktops optimized for fourth-generation AMD APUs. The solution allows Android to run virtually within Windows, eliminating the need to disengage from one OS before using another, and provides familiar Android interfaces, app support and direct file sharing, giving Android apps access to files stored within the Windows file system.
  • Mantle – 2014 CES will be the site of the first public demonstration of DICE’s “Battlefield 4™” running AMD’s Mantle on a 4K display. Show-goers can also experience Oxide Games’ “StarSwarm” demo for their “Nitrous” game engine, which also uses Mantle, when visiting AMD’s booth.
  • New AMD Radeon™ R9/R7/R5 M200 Series GPUs – AMD’s new family of mobile discrete GPU products make their debut at this year’s CES in systems from Alienware, Clevo®, Lenovo and MSI. Based on AMD’s award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, the new AMD Radeon R9, R7 and R5 M200 Series mobile discrete GPUs offer premium graphics performance and outstanding image quality with support for Mantle API.  AMD’s 2014 mobile discrete GPU roadmap can be found here.

“Surround House 2: Monsters in the Orchestra”

Bringing AMD’s Surround Computing vision to life in an overwhelming and unique way, “Surround House 2: Monsters in the Orchestra” engages show-goers in an instrumental performance by a collection of misfit monsters performing in a 360-degree domed theater. This immersive experience uses many of AMD’s current and developing technologies including gesture control optimized by HSA features on the new “Kaveri” APU, next-generation AMD FirePro™ graphics driving 14 million pixels across six projectors, and 32.4 channels of audio processed with AMD TrueAudio technology and presented with Discrete Digital Multipoint Audio.

The White House: “We The Geeks” Hangout with AMD

Underscoring its commitment to the world of technology today and tomorrow, AMD Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Mark Papermaster will participate in a special CES edition of the popular “We The Geeks” moderated panel sessions. “We The Geeks: The Future of Computing” will explore how technology for computing devices is driving them to become completely ingrained in our everyday lives. This special CES edition will be moderated by Tom Kalil, White House Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, and will take place Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. PST. “We the Geeks” is a new series of Google+ Hangouts that highlights the future of science, technology, and innovation in the United States, and are webcast live on WhiteHouse.gov/WeTheGeeks and the White House Google+ page with a concurrent social media conversation on Twitter at #WeTheGeeks.

AMD will be hosting a press conference at the CES 2014 AMD to Host News Conference at 2014 International CES. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units, will host a news conference at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The invitation-only event, taking place in Las Vegas on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. PST, will cover the latest consumer technologies and innovations from AMD.

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ASUS Announces R9 290X Graphics Card

Exclusive GPU Tweak squeezes maximum performance from Radeon R9 290X GPU and AMD Eyefinity and TrueAudio technologies enhance gaming experiences


Singapore (24th October, 2013) — ASUS today announced the launch of R9 290X, a new graphics card powered by the latest AMD Radeon™ R9 290X graphics-processing unit (GPU).

The new card benefits from exclusive ASUS GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use tuning tool for instant performance boosts, 4GB of super-fast GDDR5 memory for the best gaming experience at the highest resolutions, and incorporates AMD Eyefinity and TrueAudio technologies to enable expansive multi-display setups and bring in-game audio to life with more accurate environmental sounds.

R9 290X also includes support for both DirectX® 11.2 and AMD’s new Mantle application programming interface (API) for great handling of even the most-demanding PC games and includes a free full game – the brilliant Battlefield 4™ from EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment™ (DICE).

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R9 290X with exclusive overclocking controls – only from ASUS

The new ASUS R9 290X has a unique advantage in the shape of GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that helps users to squeeze every last drop of performance out of the Radeon R9 290X GPU. This includes the ability to control finely GPU and video-memory clock speeds and voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds — so overclocking is both made easy and can be carried out with high confidence. As well, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time — so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.


More displays, more detail, more immersive audio

R9 290X is equipped with 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 memory, allowing gamers to push their favorite titles much further by upping in-game visuals to maximum resolutions. The new card also includes AMD Eyefinity technology to broaden the gaming landscape, so gamers can expand the playing field across up to six independent displays, via DisplayPort or DVI. Of course, R9 290X supports the very latest DirectX 11.2 standard that enables on-GPU tessellation, allowing more and incredibly detailed geometry to be packed into game scenes — characters come to life with cinema-quality detail levels. The card also offers AMD’s brand-new Mantle API that provides developers with direct access to the GPU’s making life simpler for them and allowing game code to run much more efficiently — resulting in faster, smoother graphics and gameplay. R9 290X also benefits from AMD TrueAudio technology, a dedicated digital signal processor (DSP) that’s built in to the GPU. The provides game developers with processing power that’s designed purely for audio, allowing R9 290X to generate soundscapes that are much more true to life — so gamers become even more immersed in the action.


Brilliant graphics card, brilliant free game

To help gamers experience the best of R9 290X right away, ASUS is bundling a free game with the graphics card — Battlefield 4. Developed by EA Digital Illusions Creative Entertainment, this brilliant first-person shooter (FPS) lets gamers take control of a special-operations squad as they embark on numerous covert missions around the world.



R9 290X pricing


Models R9290X-G-4GD5 R9290X-4GD5
SRP $899 SGD $879 SGD

Early November 2013


Desktop variants of AMD “Richland” APUs in the socket FM2 package, will arrive this June. Three of the first models to be released to the market, the A10-6800K, the A10-6700, and the A4-4400, could already be in stock with certain retailers, and were pictured. The A10-6800K (AD680KWOA44HL) features four x86-64 cores based on the “Piledriver” micro-architecture, 4.10 GHz core clock speed, 4.40 GHz maximum Turbo Core frequency, and Radeon HD 8670D graphics, clocked at 844 MHz. It features an unlocked base-clock multiplier.

The A10-6700 (AD6700OKA44HL) features the same graphics core as the A10-6800K, but features 3.70 GHz CPU clock speed, 4.30 GHz maximum Turbo Core frequency, and an upwards locked base-clock multiplier. The A4-4400 (AD4400OKA23HL), on the other hand, is an entry-level dual-core chip with 3.70 GHz core, 3.90 GHz Turbo Core, and Radeon HD 8370D graphics.


AMD richland apu

*** Please see the table below for more details about AMD Fusion S-Series “Richland” CPU line up:

APU Model



CPU Base / Boost Clock (GHz)

GPU & Clock (MHz)




4.1 / 4.4

HD 8670D/844




3.7 / 4.3

HD 8670D/844




3.9 / 4.2

HD 8570D/844




3.5 / 4.1

HD 8570D/800




3.9 / 4.1

HD 8470D/800




3.7 / 3.9

HD 8370D/760


Sapphire AMD FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics Card- The Ideal Solution for IT Managers Operating in Data Center Environments


<TAIPEI— FEB 27, 2012>  Sapphire PGS today released the new remote graphics — AMD FirePro™ R5000 card, a flexible, manageable solution designed and engineered to power remote 3D-graphics workflows and full computing experiences over IP networks. The energy-space and cost-efficient AMD FirePro R5000 is the ideal solution for IT managers operating in data center environments where limited space, power budgets and cooling costs pose a constant challenge.

The AMD FirePro R5000 combines AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture with Teradici’s PCoIP® technology, and delivers a 3D experience with low latency transmission – ideal for mid-range multimonitor endpoints such as those used by CAD, medical imaging and financial services professionals. The AMD FirePro R5000 also complements IT security protocols by safeguarding corporate IP, since critical information never leaves the data center.

“IT professionals are looking for a secure and straight forward cloud-based graphics solution that delivers core functionality capable of adapting to meet each employee’s unique graphics needs,” said David Cummings, senior director and general manager of AMD Professional Graphics. “The AMD FirePro R5000 meets these needs, delivering the flexibility, functionality, security and industry-leading graphics capabilities companies look for when deciding on a remote graphics solution.”

AMD FirePro R5000 Remote Graphics Features and Benefits

  • Low      Power Solution: Maximum power consumption      of 150W helps to minimize power costs and enables the use of small      footprint low power client devices that are capable of      supporting up to four displays remotely;
  • Effective      Cooling: Minimizes system heat and      fan noise in employee work areas, helps to reduce cooling costs and create      cooler, quieter workspaces while a variable speed fan adjusts to accelerate      the exchange of air heated by server components for cooler ambient air;
  • Scale      and Simplicity: Centrally located in the      data center, IT can accommodate flexible seating arrangements or provide      employees with zero clients, ultimately helping IT get employees up and      running more quickly;
  • Flexibility      of Deployment: Delivers the deployment      flexibility IT needs, including the option to deploy in desktop      workstations, rack and blade servers, and PCIe® expansion chassis;
  • Power      Management: AMD PowerTune and AMD      ZeroCore Power intelligent power management and monitoring tools enable IT      managers to effectively track and contain power usage;
  • High      Performance Remote Protocol: The      next generation Teradici TERA2240 host processor is able to transmit up to      300 megapixels per second and drive up to four displays per end user, with      refresh rates up to 60 frames per second giving what Teradici describes as      “the best remote user experience possible.”

“With the introduction of the AMD FirePro R5000 with Teradici PCoIP processor, IT departments now have powerful centralized computing solutions that are easy to manage, and deliver the graphics performance required to handle high resolution images, video and 3D models with ease,” said Trent Punnett, vice president of Product Management, System Engineering and Corporate Development at Teradici. “In addition, the AMD FirePro R5000 can be brokered and managed by VMware View giving a common broker and management window across both workstation and VDI desktops, and works with PCoIP zero clients that are offered by an ecosystem of over 30 OEMs.”

The AMD FirePro R5000 is rigorously tested by AMD to ensure readiness for demanding professional use. It is a durable remote graphics solution intended to increase asset utilization density, meet real-world workloads and ultimately help IT minimize operating costs and time spent on servicing individual systems.

The Comparison of the two generation of AMD FirePro Remote Graphics specifications

FirePro RG220/RG220A FirePro R5000
GPU RV711 40nm 28nm GCN Architecture
Memory Size 512MB GDDR3 2GB GDDR5
Bandwidth 12.8GB/s 102.4GB/s
On-board display output DMS-59Dual DVI-I Dual Mini DisplayPort (1.2)

Multiple screen output Resolution

Dual 1920*1200 Host Side: Dual 2560*1600

Client/Remote side: Quad 1920*1200

Ethernet port 2 1
PCoIP Teradici Tera1202 Teradici Tera2240
PCI-Express 2.0*16 3.0*16
API OpenGL 3.3/DX10.1 OpenGL 4.2/ DX11.1

AMD ZeroCore / PowerTune Technology   Support

No Yes


SAPPHIRE PGS AMD FirePro W5000 DVI –Up to 2560*2048 Resolution, Dual Dual-Link DVI Outputs for Medical Imaging, Radiology and PACS Review
— FEB 18, 2012—Sapphire PGS today launched a Professional Graphics which special designed for a variety of medical display market. Compare to the W5000 which was released at August, 2012, AMD FirePro W5000 DVI native built with 2* Dual-Link DVI Outputs and no need any switch cables for DVI interface monitor users.  AMD FirePro W5000 DVI provides up to 2560*2048 resolutions while in Packed Pixel Mode. The same as the other W series products, using the 28nm GCN architecture graphics core to provide better performance and up to 1.72 TFLOPS single precision floating point.  The card can drive up to two 5MP displays independently or combined, or drive a single 10MP display with dual input connectors as a single large desktop. It supports 10-bit and 12-bit grayscale 2D output for up to 1024 shades of grey (CT and XRay images). The form factor is single-slot FH/HL, actively fan cooling.  Support for OpenCL 1.2, OpenGL 4.2 and DirectX 11.1.
AMD FirePro W5000 DVI Product Features:
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ü   Single Slot, FH/LH form factor with actively fan cooling
ü   2GB GDDR5 high-speed memory capable of handling high complexity module, interactive content and standard definition video with ease.
ü   Support for 2*Dual Link DVI 5MP display output or a single 10MP display with dual input connectors as a single large desktop.
ü   Support for 10-bit/12-bit greyscale and Packed Pixel mode.
ü   AMD PowerTune technology dynamically optimized GPU power usage
ü   AMD ZeroCore Power technology reduces power consumption at idle by up to 95%
ü   PCI-Express 3.0 Interface
ü   Enterprise-class service and warranty.  Planned minimum 4-year product lifecycle
Target Market
Medical Display Manufacturers, EX: Barco,EIZO,NEC,Totoku…
Hospital Radiology Labs
PACS Review Station
Hospital Modalities
Besides the medical market, AMD FirePro W5000 DVI also tested and certified with many CAD/CAM/M&E professional ISVs certifications to ensure the compatibility and optimization.  Support Windows 8 OS and the latest API, AMD FirePro W5000 DVI is a very good graphics choice for the Dual-Link DVI display customers.
AMD FirePro W5000 DVI Specifications
Model Name
AMD FirePro™ W5000   DVI
Stream Processors
PCI-Express 3.0 Compliant
Memory Type
Memory Size
Bandwidth (Max.)
Floating Point
1.27 TFLOPS Single Precision
79.2 GFLOPS Double Precision
Dual-Link DVI *2
Max. Power consumption
API Support
OpenGL 4.2
DirectX 11.1
OpenCL 1.2
Board Size
Single Slot (7.5”)
Product Information:

AMD A-series platform
Bluetooth 18 Dec 2012

Christmas is round the corner, have you decided what platform is the most cost effective solution out there? Last year, AMD delivered the first APU LIano which delivers integrated graphics into the core. This October, AMD delivered the 2nd generation that is built on the strength of the earlier generation.

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If you have read our reviews, you would have noticed how well the Trinity or A10-5800K performs especially in the graphics performance against even the high end Intel Core i5-3570K. So what has changed ?

Basically, the the new A-series plaform Socket FM2 features the new X86 architecture featuring the “Piledriver” cores. Some features of it includes supports up to 4 cores and latest ISA instructions including AVX, AES, XOP, FMA4/3. There is also enahnced cache performnce over the previous BullDozer cores. It has also improved it’s max turbo frequency to up to 4.2GHz and is configurable through AMD Overdrive.

The GPU is also improved and feature 384 shaders at 800MHz, It supports 8xAA and 16AF  and DX11 support. UVD and VCE allows video encode and decode hardware to offload CPU and AMD Picture Perfect support with HD post processing technologies are included in this new design.

For those who always do file compression using WINZIP, you can also take advantage of the OpenCL instructions. One of such application is WinZip 16.5 x64 build 10095. Another such application is Cyberlink PowerDirector ver 11.

In fact, something that most users overlook is the support of new display technologies. This new platform comes with AMD Eyefinity technology that can support 3+1 monitors and has Display Port 1.2 support.. In addition, it has AMD Dual Graphics enhancements that allows you to pair up with an external graphics card to boost the graphical performance.