Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Updates: Budget Processor, Announcements & Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)’s Revealed Facts

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AMD Falls After Announcing Processor Delay (Kapitall Wire)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) could delay the launch of a budget processor for PCs. DigiTimes and TechSpot reported that AMD pushed back the release date of Kabini-based Accelerated Processing Units (APU). The news contributed to a recent slide in AMD shares. With AMD now down 10.5% in a month, it might be a good time to assess the company’s prospects in the near future.

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Xbox One SoC rivals AMD’s Tahiti for size, complexity (The Tech Report)
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) revealed some details of the Xbox One’s custom SoC earlier this week at the Hot Chips conference, and I’ve been a little negligent in writing it up—in part because I didn’t attend Hot Chips this year. Anyhow, Charlie at SemiAccurate has posted some pictures of key slides from the presentation; they offer better information than some of the other reports I’ve seen simply because they’re unfiltered.

AMD Richland A10-6800K processor analysis (PR)
The new Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) Richland A10-6800K looks a lot like the A10-5800, but has been ramped up to make it a far more impressive processor. Okay, when looking at the AMD Richland A10-6800K specs most of them do seem to be similar to the previous version, so what are those all-important differences? Below we have an AMD Richland A10-6800K processor analysis video for you to study, where a review unit was tested just to see those differences.

AMD collaborates with Mixamo for real-time 3D face animation (Hexus)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has announced that it collaborated with software company Mixamo in the production of the newly launched ‘Face Plus’ plug-in application for Unity games developers. Mixamo’s Face Plus is designed to make 3D character facial expression animation fast (in real-time) and realistic using just a standard webcam and a computer that supports OpenCL 1.1 or newer, like a PC powered by an AMD A-Series APU or GPU. Face Plus facilitates markerless facial capture and animation in real-time. Mixamo says it is “the world’s first facial capture and animation technology delivered directly inside a 3D game engine”. Appealing to thrift and convenience the firm says users can cut out expensive equipment and the to-and-fro of importing and exporting 3D models. A developer who is capable of facial expressions can act out and ‘record’ any expressions he/she wishes the in-game character to exhibit. This process cuts out a plethora of studio requirements such as “armies of animators and riggers” says Mixamo.

AMD updates product roadmap for 2014-15, Kaveri slated for Q1’14 (Techspot)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has reportedly updated their product roadmap for 2014 and 2015, revealing when their next line of graphics cards and APUs will be launched. The report, sourced from the sometimes inaccurate DigiTimes, states that AMD’s next-generation graphics cards, codenamed ‘Volcanic Islands’, will be released in late September, and new APUs will follow in Q1 2014. Both the high-end ‘Kaveri’ and entry-level ‘Kabini” APUs will enter mass production in February 2014 for an announcement in March 2014. On the Kabini front, AMD is expected to launch dual- and quad-core parts with Socket ST3 for notebooks and Socket FS1B for desktops. Kabini APUs will have a maximum power consumption of 25W, according to DigiTimes’ upstream supply chain sources.