Ready for a bevy of more exotic-sounding codenames from AMD? Well, have a seat, as the maker of everyone's favorite APUs just revealed its roadmap extending through 2013. And folks, it's quite the doozy. But before we delve into its technical intricacies (which you'll find tucked after the break), we'll begin with some general takeaways.
AMD has demonstrated its Seattle ARM-based 64-bit server chips for the first time, insisting that the days of x86 dominating the data center are numbered as it outlined "Project Skybridge" on the 2015 roadmap and beyond.
NVIDIA's GameWorks has been used with several game titles, the most notable of which being Watch Dogs . While NVIDIA boasts GameWorks as offering many advantages, rival AMD has a far different opinion of it, with the company's Robert Hallock recently calling it a "clear and present threat to gamers.
Typically, you can't reuse many parts when you switch processor technologies; if you change chips, you change the entire motherboard at the same time. That won't be true for AMD in the future, though. It's working on a common chip framework,Project Skybridge, that will let 2015-era ARM and x86 system-on-chip processors share the same pin layout.
It's hard to imagine laptops and tablets becoming any slimmer than the ones we have today, but Intel promises we'll be seeing dozens of them next year. That's because many manufacturers will be putting the company's new Core M chips in their new tablets and laptops, which Intel announced on Friday.
Lenovo'sThinkPad HelixWindows convertible was always a promising device. Here was a tablet that could fit into its keyboard dock with the screen facing forwardorbackward. It had a full HD display and an active digitizer for pressure-sensitive pen input. Best of all, it used proper laptop-grade processors, ensuring you'd get performance more in line with Ultrabook than a standalone tablet.
HP announced Thursday it has named Meg Whitman, the company's CEO, the new chairman of the board. HP's last chairman, Ralph Whitworth, stepped down from the position on Tuesday , citing health reasons. He had been on the board since 2011 and chairman since 2013.
Undertone CEO Michael Cassidy will become chairman of the premium ad network's board and COO Corey Ferengul will succeed him as CEO, the company said. Undertone's employees — about 300 of them worldwide — were told the news at midday today. The move is not a total shock: Cassidy has been at the helm of the company since 2001.
The balance between price and features is always a precarious dance, with some yielding more applause than others. HP has been putting out a few laptops that straddle both sides of the price tag line and this new Windows 8.1 laptop was expected to be one of them. Unfortunately, the HP Stream might disappoint a bit. In terms of specs, the Stream is almost unremarkable.
Alibaba is expected to IPO in September and a new financial report from the company reveals that the Chinese e-commerce giant continues to grow at a blistering pace. The company's growth pattern, and its recent entrance into the U.S. market, makes Alibaba a serious threat to e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay.
What comes after Fermi, Kepler andMaxwell? Pascal, according to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. That's the name of the company's next-generation GPU, and Huang says it'll be smaller, faster and more efficient, naturally. "As we compute more, we have to move more data around," he said, speaking at NVIDIA's GPU technology conference in San Jose today. "It's the data bottleneck.
Amidst the company's upcoming IFA 2014 unveils is a trio of new devices from Lenovo including two gaming PCs. With these new gadgets come a slew of Intel hardware, sleek designs, and ample promises, not the least of which is that we'll be seeing them all arrive by November of this year. Announced today was the TAB S8, an 8-inch Android tablet with a 1920 x 1200 resolution, Intel's Atom Z3745 processor, optional 4G LTe, 64-bit tech, and the promise of up to seven hours of battery life on a single charge. We'll be seeing this tablet launch later this month at $199 USD. Joining that tablet is the Y70, a gaming laptop with a 17-inch display and an Intel Core i7 processor (alongside NVIDIA GTX graphics) under the hood. Lenovo has remained somewhat tight-lipped about this machine's specs, but we do know that it'll offer up to 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, as well as stereo speakers and a subwoofer. The laptop will launch in October starting at $1,299 USD. Rounding out the gaming hardware debuted this week is the ERAZER X315, a flared desktop PC with quite a bit of power behind the styled design.
If you get offered a high-level position with HTC,run. At least, that's the reputation the Taiwan-based manufacturer has unfortunately built over the last two years. Since 2012, no fewer than 22 members of its senior management have left the company. Some took off for personal reasons; others faced criminal charges; and still others moved on to different companies.
After launching its first 4K laptopin the UK, Toshiba has just announced US availability. Stateside, it'll be called the P55T, but as before, it's a 15.6-inch laptop with 3,840 x 2,160 resolution -- a staggering 282 PPI, if you're scoring at home. Driving all those pixels is AMD's 2GB DDR5 Radeon R9 M265X discrete graphics, a 4th-gen Intel quad-core i7 CPU and 16GB DDR3L max memory.
NVIDIA has announced Pascal, its next-gen GPU platform for gaming PCs, cloud computing, supercomputing, and machine learning. Featuring new technologies NVLink and 3D Memory, Pascal introduces new strategies to increase performance in NVIDIA's next-gen graphics chips.
Google is about to determine the future of smartwatches. Whenit announcedAndroid Wear-- its new platform for wearable technology (watches in particular) -- I was in London for an industry trade show, along with a number of wearables manufacturers. I'm not sure the timing was deliberate, but there's no doubt the mood in the room changed once the news broke.