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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Updates: Gigabyte’s New Motherboard, Invests in CiiNOW & More

Editor’s Note: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)

Gigabyte launches AMD gaming motherboard (Digitimes)
Gigabyte Technology has announced its new FM2+ motherboards including the newest addition to its G1-Killer range of gaming motherboards, the G1.Sniper A88X, which features Gigabyte USB DAC-UP, which is optimized for users employing a digital-to-analog converter, and Gain Boost, which provides high gain output for advanced headphones and speakers. The AMP-UP Audio combines a range of unique features and technologies that are designed to give audio enthusiasts and PC gamers more control over their motherboard audio. Featuring a gold plated USB 2.0 port, the USB DAC-UP provides clean, noise-free power delivery to users’ digital-to-analog converter, the vendor said. DACs can be sensitive to fluctuations in power from the other USB ports and the USB DAC-UP can take advantage of an isolated power source to help minimize potential fluctuations and ensures the audio experience.

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)

AMD says Nvidia’s console gripes are “sour grapes.” (GamingBolt)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has quite a stake in the upcoming next-gen consoles. It’s manufacturing the CPU/GPU for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Their competitor NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) has been critical of consoles lately, stating that new mobile devices will out-perform current-gen consoles and that financially the new consoles weren’t worth their time. AMD disagrees. Speaking with Gaming Bolt, AMD’s PR lead Robert Hallock said Nvidia’s comments “seem a bit like sour grapes to me. The reality, according to industry legends like John Carmack (citation), is that the standardization of console hardware will, in his words, ‘make it cheaper and easier to develop games for multiple platforms.’

AMD gains market share in GPU market (Afterdawn.com)
According to Peddie Research, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has gained share again in the GPU market. Year-over-year the company saw its share jump significantly, to 21.9 percent from 20.6 percent quarter-over-quarter. Intel also gained, from 61.1 percent up to 62 percent. Both companies gained at the expense of Nvidia, which took a deep dive from 18.3 percent to 16.1 percent thanks to a weak PC market. Intel and AMD seem to be boosting their share thanks to integrated graphics chips, which have all but killed off the low-end GPU market. Nearly 100 percent of Intel’s non-server processors now have integrated graphics, and two-thirds of AMD’s do.

Why Advanced Micro Devices Is A Short Term Offering (Seeking Alpha)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has been experiencing headwind from the declining PC market and not benefiting much from the PC gaming market unlike Nvidia (NVDA) thus experiencing a steady revenue decline. Also, console gaming is predicted to decline and hence AMD might have a lot to lose if it does not revise its strategy with regards to the gaming market. However, AMD could benefit from its more recent APU line, which would help it diversify into multiple markets. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) is a Sunnyvale, California based American multinational semiconductor company that produces computer processors for consumer and commercial markets powering both commercial and consumer computing devices such as laptops, workstations and supercomputers, and gaming and embedded systems, as well as digital devices such as tablets and smartphones and cloud servers.

AMD has invested in CiiNOW (evertiq.com)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), through AMD Ventures, has invested in the software company CiiNOW. The company has selected AMD Radeon Graphics as Preferred Solution. “CiiNOW is on the cutting edge of online game streaming technology, and it’s clear we share the same vision to drive the cloud gaming industry forward and ultimately provide the best gaming experience,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions at AMD. “AMD’s investment signifies our mutual drive to liberate gamers from today’s constraints and move us to the next era of digital content.”

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