Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Info To Know: New G-series SoC Processors, End of FX Series, Roy Taylor & More

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AMDAMD’s new G-series SoC brings average power consumption down to 3W (ZDNet)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s new G-series SoC processors pushes power consumption into the realm of single digit wattage. The new AMD GX-210JA is a system-on-a-chip (SoC) with a TDP of only 6 watts, but according to AMD its average comsumption is closer to 3 watts during normal usage. But don’t let the power consumption fool you into thinking this is a lightweight part. The GX-210JA is a dual-core, fanless 1GHz processor that also packs a discrete Radeon HD 8180 GPU running at 225MHz, and comes complete with support for enterprise-class ECC RAM. On the downside, it is missing USB 3.0 support, and only comes with 1MB of L2 cache.

Secret AMD Roadmap Suggests End of the Line for FX Processor Lineup (Maximum PC)
We’re a little hesitant to fan the flames on this one, but according to a series of documents Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) supposedly handed out to OEMs “behind closed doors,” the end of the road for the Sunnyvale chip designer’s FX Series might be fast approaching, if not already here. Should AMD ultimately decide to retire its FX Series sooner than later, the FX 9590 could end up being the brand’s swan song. Don’t shoot the messenger — this information comes courtesy of VR-Zone, which claims to have obtained and combed through the secret documents. You can’t see them, and neither can we because VR-Zone is opting not to post the images publicly due to heavy watermarking.

AMD’s Roy Taylor Says NVIDIA CUDA is Doomed and PhysX is a Failure (Legit Reviews)
Roy Taylor, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s VP of channel sales, recently did an interview with VR-Zone that is rather interesting. Roy Taylor has always been a very outspoken and opinionated individual, so when he sits down to talk about processors and the gaming market it will get interesting. This interview doesn’t disappoint as he takes some stabs at his former employer (NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA)) and pokes a bit on Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)! “I think CUDA is doomed. Our industry doesn’t like proprietary standards. PhysX is an utter failure because it’s proprietary. Nobody wants it. You don’t want it, I don’t want it, gamers don’t want it. Analysts don’t want it. In the early days of our industry, you could get away with it and it worked. We’ve all had enough of it. They’re unhealthy.” – Roy Taylor

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD): What Does The Smart Money Think? (Insider Monkey)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) was in 14 hedge funds’ portfolio at the end of the first quarter of 2013, the last 13F filing period on record. AMD shareholders have witnessed a decrease in enthusiasm from smart money recently. There were 18 hedge funds in our database with AMD positions at the end of the previous quarter. Of the funds we track, Jean-Marie Eveillard’s First Eagle Investment Management had the most valuable position in Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), worth close to $52.9 million, comprising 0.2% of its total 13F portfolio. The second largest stake is held by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell of Arrowstreet Capital, with a $17.2 million position; the fund has 0.1% of its 13F portfolio invested in the stock. Other hedge funds with similar optimism include Ken Griffin’s Citadel Investment Group, Cliff Asness’s AQR Capital Management and Ryan Heslop and Ariel Warszawski’s Firefly Value Partners.

New AMD GPU codenames are Pirate Islands? (Fudzilla)
Volcanic Islands are Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s codename for next-gen GPUs, but the next-next-gen parts may end up with a more colourful codename – Pirate Islands. Of course, this is just a rumour at this point, so take it with a grain of salt. According to, the new names are indeed legit and they include three GPUs, Bermuna, Fiji and Treasure Island. All three appear to be 20nm parts, which means they’re not coming anytime soon.