GDC 2020 Officially Postponed for the Coronavirus; Organizers Now Looking for a Summer Date
Most of the major game companies (Microsoft, PlayStation, Facebook, EA, Kojima Productions, Amazon, Blizzard, Epic Games, CD Projekt RED and others) had already pulled out of the Game Developers Conference, which was scheduled to be held between March 16th and 20th in San Francisco, California.
Mysterious NVIDIA graphics cards with 108 and 118 Compute Units spotted
The graphics clocks are only reported at 1.11 and 1.01 GHz
The 118 CU graphics device has scored 184096 points in the [Geekbench] OpenCL benchmark, which puts it at the very top of the current leaderboard., which may not actually sound that surprising considering this is TESLA, not Quadro or GeForce.
SAPPHIRE Announces A Family Of Compact Motherboards Powered By AMD Ryzen Embedded Chips
features AMD's Radeon "Vega" graphics combined with the high-performance "Zen" CPU
According to Paul Smith, Director of SAPPHIRE's Embedded Business Division, "the versatile and effective design of these boards with low power compute and high-resolution multimedia display capability make them perfect for a wide variety of industry applications in the Embedded space such as industrial PC, interactive digital signage, thin clients and POS terminals."
Next-Generation AMD EPYC™ CPUs and Radeon™ Instinct GPUs Enable El Capitan Supercomputer at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to Break 2 Exaflops Barrier
– Collaboration with HPE targets leadership HPC and AI processing performance starting in early 2023 — – El Capitan is set to be the second all AMD CPU and GPU exascale system in the U.S., and is expected to be more powerful than today’s 200 fastest supercomputers combined —
The most powerful computer on the planet will be made with AMD hardware.
AMD Wins an Analyst Upgrade on the Back of El Capitan Contract
the analyst has raised the price target for AMD to $65 per share while maintaining a ‘Buy’ rating for the stock.
As shown by the Update, scoring a big contract can affect AMD's Future. So, I post in this thread -- even though none of us are going to buy a Supercomputer.
Last edited by Allen; 03/05/2005:13 PM. Reason: Update Stock Value
Intel Says Process Tech to Lag Competitors Until Late 2021, Will Regain Lead with 5nm
CFO George Davis presented at the Morgan Stanley conference yesterday covering a wide range of topics, but noted that despite being "undoubtedly in the 10nm era," the company felt that it would not reach process parity with competitors until it produces the 7nm node at the tail end of 2021. Davis also said that Intel wouldn't regain process leadership until it produces the 5nm node at an unspecified date.
However, Davis noted that in spite of the shipping [10nm] products and pending "+" revisions to the 10nm process, its process node still lags behind competitors,
The chart included with the article indicates TSMC will get to 5nm ahead of Intel. Other information says TSMC may be to 3nm when Intel hits 5nm (AMD CPUs and GPUs are fabricated by TSMC). So, we'll see how this turns out in a couple years.
AMD has begun its Financial Analysts Day presentations. As this is written, they are ongoing. A couple quick points:
AMD's RDNA 2 [GPU] Gets A Codename: “Navi 2X” Comes This Year With 50% Improved Perf-Per-Watt
First and foremost, RDNA 2 is when AMD will fill out the rest of its consumer [GPU] product stack, with their eye firmly on (finally) addressing the high-end, extreme performance segment of the [GPU] market.
But don’t call it "Big Navi". RDNA 2 isn’t just a series of bigger-than-RDNA (1) chips. The GPUs, which will be the codename “Navi 2X” family, also incorporate new graphics features that set them apart from earlier products.
Overall, AMD has significant ambitions with RDNA 2, and it shows. The architecture will be the cornerstone of a generation of consoles, and it will be AMD’s first real shot in the last few years at taking back the flagship video card performance crown.
My opinion: The attached slide may turn out to be the important one that shows how AMD high end graphics FPS may catch up to Nvidia (not necessarily surpass Nvidia).
Nvidia GPUs have competitive gaming graphics and mediocre compute relative to AMD GPUs in the same price range. Nvidia also has lower power usage. That's because Nvidia uses most of its gaming GPU die for gaming graphics.
AMD has been supplying GPUs that "do it all" at the expense of maximum gaming FPS and minimum power use.
As the slide shows, now, AMD gaming GPUs will focus on gaming. In other words, more transistors for gaming, fewer for compute, and less power consumed (they're saying a 50 percent power efficiency boost).
New AMD Side Channel Attacks Discovered, Impacts Zen Architecture
The researchers claim that the vulnerability impacts all AMD processors from 2011 to 2019
We've become accustomed to news of new Intel vulnerabilities being disclosed on a seemingly-weekly basis, but other processor architectures, like AMD and ARM, have also been impacted by some vulnerabilities, albeit to a lesser extent.
All modern processors have vulnerabilities, they are the most complex devices designed by humankind, after all, so crafty researchers will continue to find holes in the architectures.
It was this court battle that made me an AMD fan. In brief, Intel paid PC makers to NOT use AMD products -- at a time when AMD CPUs were superior to Intel CPUs. It nearly put AMD out of business and allowed Intel to keep prices high for consumers/gamers.
Intel lost the case years ago, but Intel has yet to pay the fine. So, AMD came even closer to failure. I can't support Intel after that. Parenthetically, just information as I don't expect others to see things my way.
Intel Is Still Fighting the EU Over Its Anti-Competitive Actions Against AMD
In 2009, the European Commission found that Intel had abused its market position with respect to AMD and slapped the company with a €1.06B ($1.45B at 2009 exchange rates) fine. In 2014, the General Court of the European Union upheld the judgment.
Back in 2009, the EC found that Intel’s behavior was so self-evidently abusive, and its practices so filled with “naked restrictions” on AMD, it did not need to perform a full AEC test but provided one anyway.
This may be a good time to note that this investigation is 18 years old
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X vs Intel Core i5-9600K: Mid-Range Rumble
Battle for the mainstream
Intel's Core i5 and AMD's Ryzen 5 families are the biggest volume-movers in the mainstream desktop segment, and honestly, that's the most chip most gamers need. But then the eternal question arises: Who reigns supreme in the mid-range, AMD or Intel?
AMD launches Ryzen 4000 Mobile Renoir processors with 7nm Vega iGPU
Laptops based on Ryzen 4000 Mobile will go on preorders today, however, it may take few weeks for them to be widely available. AMD releases more information on the architecture itself. AMD also confirmed Ryzen 9 4900H flagship CPU.
The Ryzen 4000 Mobile is based on Zen2 architecture, a refined version designed specifically for laptops.
AMD claims 25% IPC gain over Ryzen 3000M, 20% lower SoC power, 2x higher power efficiency, and 5x faster state switching. But the integrated graphics received a substantial boost, all Renoir CPUs use 7nm Vega graphics.
The article summarizes the details point by point. Given that AMD CPUs are now the top CPUs (in general) and given that AMD on CPU chip graphics is now the top (of that type), folks needing a cost effective, powerful laptop might consider AMD with a 4000 series processor.