APUs

There are a number of directions for ‘professional grade’ processors in the market, varying from embedded to long-life support to server functionality. AMD’s PRO lines of processors are akin to their consumer counterparts, except they run a guaranteed lifecycle of support with ‘image stability’ (guaranteed OS images) and extended OEM warranties. AMD’s PRO line typically covers both embedded systems via the BGA lower parts and commercial/enterprise systems with socketed units. This week AMD is announcing their PRO line using the latest AMD microarchitecture, Bristol Ridge, along with continued support for customer requested features. If you’ve ever browsed for an OEM system, or in a brick-and-mortar shop, you may have come across a system labeled something along the lines of ‘PRO A8’ using an AMD APU...

AMD 7th Gen Bristol Ridge and AM4 Analysis: Up to A12-9800, B350/A320 Chipset, OEMs first, PIBs Later

Over the last two weeks, AMD officially launched their 7th Generation Bristol Ridge processors as well as the new AM4 socket and related chipsets. The launch was somewhat muted...

116 by Ian Cutress on 9/23/2016

AMD Amends GlobalFoundries Wafer Supply Agreement Through 2020, Gaining New Flexibility & New Costs

This evening AMD has announced that they have updated their long-standing wafer supply agreement with fab parter GlobalFoundries. The new agreement, which makes some notable alterations to wafer order...

17 by Ryan Smith on 9/1/2016

AMD Announces the 7th Generation APU: Excavator mk2 in Bristol Ridge and Stoney Ridge for Notebooks

The Carrizo SoC, using Excavator cores, was touted in the press as being the biggest upgrade to the base Bulldozer design since the introduction of Bulldozer itself. This was...

61 by Ian Cutress on 5/31/2016

AMD Announces Computex 2016 Webcast: May 31st, 7pm Pacific

With the annual Computex Taipei trade show quickly approaching, AMD sends word that they will be hosting a live webcast for their annual press conference at the show. The...

50 by Ryan Smith on 5/20/2016

AMD Launches the A10-7890K and Athlon X4 880K

In what seems to be a common theme every month, AMD’s recent APU release schedule has been to introduce one or two models each news cycle. For the most...

63 by Ian Cutress on 3/1/2016

Who Controls the User Experience? AMD’s Carrizo Thoroughly Tested

In Q2 of 2015, AMD officially launched Carrizo, their new APU aimed at mobile devices such as laptops and portable all-in-ones that normally accommodate 15W-35W processors. Quoted in the...

173 by Ian Cutress on 2/4/2016

AMD Launches Excavator on Desktop: The 65W Athlon X4 845 for $70

As part of today’s launch AMD released two new Kaveri based APUs as part of the FM2+ platform, the A10-7860K and the A6-7470K, as well as clarifying the way...

43 by Ian Cutress on 2/2/2016

AMD Launches new Coolers and 65W Kaveri APUs: the A10-7860K and A6-7470K

Over the past two years we’ve reviewed almost every AMD Kaveri desktop processor to have been released – the A10-7850K, the A8-7600, the A10-7800, the A8-7650K, the A4-7400K, the...

18 by Ian Cutress on 2/2/2016

AMD Reveals Wraith: Next-Generation Cooler for Microprocessors

Both AMD and Intel bundle cooling solutions with their microprocessors. Such coolers are inexpensive, they are rather reliable and they do their job. They are not supposed to enable...

54 by Anton Shilov on 1/8/2016

The AMD A8-7670K APU Review: Aiming for Rocket League

Over the past couple of years, AMD has slowly released their mainstream brand of Kaveri processors. In turn, we have reviewed them, and they consistently aim to provide a...

153 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2015

GlobalFoundries and AMD Announce First 14nm FinFET Sample Production Success

GlobalFoundries, AMD’s former chip manufacturing arm, is a fab that has seen some hard times. After being spun-off from AMD in 2009, the company has encountered repeated trouble releasing...

58 by Ryan Smith on 11/5/2015

AMD Launches Excavator Based R-Series APUs for Embedded with DDR4 Support

Despite the recent news surrounding AMDs reorganization and financials, today AMD is announcing the launch of its first DDR4 processors. But rather than aiming at the high end or...

34 by Ian Cutress on 10/21/2015

AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers Leaves Company, Joins NVIDIA

With respect to both structure and personnel, the last few months have been busy – if not tumultuous – for AMD. The company recently reorganized itself so that their...

83 by Ryan Smith on 10/13/2015

AMD Releases New PRO Mobile APUs: Carrizo up to A12-8800B

We touched upon this very briefly in our recent HP Elitebook news, but at the end of September AMD officially launched four new professional mobile APUs under the AMD...

53 by Ian Cutress on 10/2/2015

The AMD A8-7650K APU Review, Also New Testing Methodology

The staggered birth of Kaveri has been an interesting story to cover but it has been difficult to keep all the pieces right in the forefront of memory. The...

177 by Ian Cutress on 5/12/2015

AMD’s Carrizo-L APUs Unveiled: 12-25W Quad Core Puma+

One of the important press releases that came out as a result of the AMD Financial Analyst Day has been some insights into how AMD is approaching the Carrizo...

50 by Ian Cutress on 5/12/2015

AMD Announces 6th Generation A-Series APU Branding - Carrizo Due This Quarter

Along with AMD’s roadmap announcements today at financial analyst day, AMD has also offered a brief update on the state of Carrizo, the company’s forthcoming next-generation mobile APU. Due...

24 by Ryan Smith on 5/6/2015

HSA Foundation Launches ‘HSA 1.0 Final’ – Architecture, Programmers Reference and Runtime Specifications

Heterogeneous compute has been on the tip of the tongue for many involved in integrating compute platforms, and despite talk and demos regarding hardware conforming to HSA provisional specifications...

26 by Ian Cutress on 3/16/2015

AMD at ISSCC 2015: Carrizo and Excavator Details

AMD is using the International Solid-State Circuits Conference this week to present a paper and announce some interesting developments regarding the next iteration of the Bulldozer architecture, codenamed ‘Excavator’...

82 by Ian Cutress on 2/23/2015

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