Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Trends: Hyderabad Design Centre, R-Series, Beta Graphics Drivers & More

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

AMD opens design centre in Hyderabad, India (EE Herald)
AMD has opened a new design centre in Hyderabad, India. The new design centre with lab facilities was inaugurated by Rory Read, president and chief executive officer at AMD. “AMD is committed to providing our customers with innovative, tailored technology solutions that empower people and deliver exceptional experiences,” said Read. “Our Hyderabad Design Centre will play an important part in that mission as the team works in concert with our other design centers around the world to deliver AMD’s next round of innovative products.”

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)AMD Expands R-Series Embedded Portfolio With New Chips (eWeek)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) is adding to its lineup of embedded chips with new quad- and dual-core offerings aimed at workloads that need high-performance computing capabilities. In addition, the company is making it easier for embedded designers to afford both a CPU and discrete graphics card. The moves are the latest by AMD in the embedded space, which company executives have targeted as a key growth market and a cornerstone of the vendor’s turnaround efforts.

AMD, Nvidia Release Beta Graphics Drivers for Splinter Cell Blacklist (Maximum PC)
Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist is now available to purchase for PC (and the usual crop of consoles), and if you’ve already grabbed your copy or plan to pick it up, you might want to check out the latest beta drivers for your graphics card. It doesn’t matter whether you roll with Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) or NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA), both GPU makers released new beta drivers aimed, in part, at optimizing performance for Blacklist. Let’s start with AMD. The company’s Catalyst 13.8 Beta 2 driver improves performance in Blacklist by up to 9 percent at 2560×1600 with Ultra settings enabled. It also bumps up performance in a number of other titles, including Saints Row 4, Final Fantasy XIV, Van Helsing, Far Cry 3, Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon, and a few others.

The stock of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) had recently bet for a breakout in the share prices (FinancialsTrend)
The option traders on the stock of Advanced Micro Devices had recently bet for a breakout in the share prices with anticipations for higher short term gains. The option players had continued to trade bullishly on this stock in the recent days and the stock had recently observed around 21000 calls that had crossed the tape. This was observed to be an increase of around 58% over the average intraday trading volume for the company’s call options and it was more than seven times the number of puts that were traded on the stock on the same day.

AMD Transformation Complete, Low Capex Duopoly Equals Profits And Growth (Seeking Alpha)
Transforming a multi-billion dollar, capital intensive manufacturer into a slimmer company with very little capex, takes time to successfully complete. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) completed a full divestiture of any remaining stake in its old manufacturing assets over a year ago, but the transformation to a profitable and growing company did not start until this year. In almost all cases, Duopoly competition produces consistent profitability for the #2 company, except in heavily capital intensive businesses. When an industry requires very high capital expenses to remain competitive, the larger more efficient manufacturer can increase market share and profits, while the #2 company loses money.