Archive for the ‘AMD’ Category

Free Games For ATI Owners

July 3, 2007

” Valve, a leading entertainment and technology studio, announced plans to deliver free games to all owners of ATI Radeon™ graphics cards via Steam, a leading online platform for the distribution and management of digital content.Effective immediately, all owners of ATI Radeon graphics cards may receive a free copy of Half-Life 2: Lost Coast and Half-Life 2: Deathmatch via Steam at: Steam will automatically confirm the presence of ATI Radeon™ hardware and then enable immediate access to full versions of the games free of charge.

For added convenience to new purchasers of ATI Radeon™ products, Steam will be included in all ATI Catalyst™ Software and Driver packages through early 2008.

Customers who purchase the new ATI Radeon™ HD 2900 XT will also receive, upon release via Steam, the highly anticipated trio of new games coming from Valve: Team Fortress 2, Portal, and Half-Life 2: Episode Two.

Some conditions apply. Customers will be required to download and install the Steam software, and will require an Internet connection.

Learn more about STEAM®


AMD Considering Getting Out Of Fabrication Business

June 20, 2007

“2007 has not been kind to AMD. The company saw its workstation market share slip, has taken on $2 billion of new debt, lost almost $1.2 billion over the past two quarters, has been unable to close the gap with Intel when it comes to CPU performance, and has been the subject of recent rumors that Barcelona will be delayed. AMD has been in cost-cutting mode for the past several months and, according to IDG News Service, is considering getting out of the fabrication business.Currently, AMD operates two fabs: Fab 30 and Fab 36. Fab 30 is in the process of being fitted to handle 300mm production, and when the transition is complete, it will be rechristened Fab 38. It hasn’t come cheaply, either—the chip maker has invested over $2.5 billion to expand its 300mm capabilities. AMD has also been talking up a new 45nm plant in Malta, NY, that would come online in 2009.”


Four-card ATI Crossfire Array Liquid Cooled In Taipei

June 6, 2007

” Lots of reference designs coming out of Taipei this week at Computex. Adding to that list is CoolIT Systems‘ factory-sealed, maintenance-free liquid-cooling system for AMD’s ATI Crossfire (no, not that Crossfire) configuration for the new high-performance Radeon HD 2900 XT graphic card.”


Barcelona Quad-Core Hands On

May 10, 2007

“Ian McNaughton showed off both systems encoding a 1080P trailer of Spiderman 3 to an H.264 format. On the dual quad-core Barcelona machine the encoding nearly ran real time. Extremely impressive.”


AMD On Track For Summer Launch Of Barcelona Quad-Core

May 3, 2007

Get ready to build your next PC – The Quadfather

As Advanced Micro Devices moves closer to the summer launch of Barcelona, one thing is clear with analysts: the highly anticipated quad-core microprocessor alone won’t be AMD’s weapon of mass destruction against Intel.Instead, Barcelona, the next generation of AMD’s Opteron processor for workstations and servers, is expected to buy AMD a bit of time with a short-lived performance boost against its larger rival.

“Barcelona should put AMD back in the race, if not in the lead, in the server market,” Jim McGregor, analyst for In-Stat, said. “But this by no means is a complete cure for AMD.””