Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Updates: Team Up Against Intel Corporation (INTC), Lease Back of Singapore Facility, GCN-Based 7000 Series GPU & More

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AMD, ARM, others team up to take on Intel everywhere (GigaOM)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD), ARM Holdings plc (ADR) (NASDAQ:ARMH), Texas Instruments Incorporated (NASDAQ:TXN) and two smaller chip firms have teamed up to create a nonprofit that will try to unseat Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC)’s x86 dominance in computing. They have formed the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture Foundation, which will standardize a single architecture for low-power computing as well as simplify the parallel-programming model used with multicore graphics processors and other systems on a chip. So how many chip makers does it take to unseat Intel? So far this consortium counts five including MediaTek (one of the largest wireless chip makers after Qualcomm) and Imagination Technologies. Notable absentees are Qualcomm and Nvidia, although John Taylor, the director of Product Marketing for AMD, says the consortium is reaching out to those companies as well.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) Announces Sale and Lease Back of Singapore Facility of AMD (Avauncer)
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) closed at $3.65 in the previous trading session after going down by $0.01 (or -0.27%). With about 720.02 million outstanding shares, the market capitalization of the company is $2.63 billion. The company, Advanced Micro Devices, announced recently that Advanced Micro Devices (Singapore) Pte Ltd., its Singapore subsidiary, has entered into an agreement to lease back and sell to HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited, its Singapore facility, which is located at 508 Chai Chee Lane, Singapore as a trustee of Sabana REIT (Sabana Shari’ah Compliant Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust).

GCN-Based AMD 7000 Series GPUs Will Fully Support DirectX 11.2 After Driver Update (PC Perspectives)
Earlier this month, several websites reported that Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) based graphics cards (7000 series and 8000 series OEM lines) would not be compatible with the Windows 8.1-only DirectX 11.2 API. This was inferred from a statement made by AMD engineer Laylah Mah in an interview with c1 Magazin. Fortunately, the GCN-based cards will fully support DirectX 11.2 once an updated driver has been released. As it turns out, Microsoft’s final DirectX 11.2 specification ended up being slightly different than what AMD expected. As a result, the graphics cards do not currently fully support the API.

Setting HSAIL: AMD explains the future of CPU/GPU cooperation (ExtremeTech)
AMD’s heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) initiative has been a steady interest since the company first started talking about “Fusion” processors in 2007. Today, at the international Hot Chips computing technology conference, the company gave a talk that laid out details behind what its HSA Foundation has designed and the language that powers the technology, dubbed HSAIL (HSA Intermediate Language). It’s best to start with a basic overview of the problem. Despite the popularity of OpenCL and Nvidia’s direct investment of hundreds of millions of dollars into its Tesla products and CUDA software, the actual task of moving work from CPU to GPU, performing it, and bringing it back again is still a giant headache.

AMD: Next-gen consoles not just PC’s in a box (Lazygamer)
The specs of the next consoles from Sony Corporation (ADR) (NYSE:SNE) and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) both use bits of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) hardware that have very similar PC analogues, leading many to believe that the next generation consoles are little more than mid-range PC’s in a fancy branded box. That would be silly thinking, says AMD. Speaking to Gamingbolt, PR Lead for Gaming and Enthusiast Graphics at AMD Robert Hallock said that it’s just “patently untrue” that the next-gen consoles are PCs-inna-box.