AMD plans to add two chips and "Turbo Core" acceleration technology to its successful line of E-Series APUs (accelerated processing units) in the third quarter, says the Xbitlabs website. Meanwhile, shipments of high-end, "Bulldozer"-based FX-Series chips will start in June, and mid-range "Llano"-based A-Series devices in July, according to writer Anton Shilov.
Advanced Micro Devices, the second largest supplier of x86 microprocessors on the globe and the designer of half of the world's discrete graphics adapters, said that Intel Corp.'s recently introduced Thunderbolt input/output technology will become just another proprietary standard with not a lot of chances to be adopted widely. The chip designer also doubted that the TB actually brings any tangible improvements.
AMD CEO Dirk Meyer will step down after reaching an agreement with the company's board over his departure, AMD said today. Thomas Siefert, AMD's CFO, will fill Meyer's spot on a temporary basis as the company searches for a new CEO. It doesn't sound like the decision was entirely Meyer's.
A secret debugging mode, built into all AMD processors since the Athlon XP range, has been uncovered by a hacker - opening the doors for advanced program debugging beyond that specified in the x86 architecture.
AMD has said that it plans to continue GPU development after the company's Fusion range of combined CPU/GPU chips appear.
Writing on the AMD blog, AMD client technology unit director Godfrey Cheng wrote "I believe that the best days of the GPU are ahead of it," before citing new Mercury research indicating that the Intel and Nvidia competitor is now the market leader in discreet graphics and stating that the company intends to expand the lead further.