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Things have heated up in the AMD space hours before the launch of the Radeon R9 Fury X, with rumors circling that Qualcomm is interested in acquiring AMD, according to a report by Seeking Alpha.
Without a large amount of success in recent times there has been many claims by public and media alike of AMD beginning a struggle, without any reports pointing out a direction or solution that AMD might undergo in order to fix its 'issues'. However, in a report by investor company Seeking Alpha, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf mentioned that he is interested in taking over a larger portion of the server scene and adjacent markets - this saw AMD pointed out as the most realistic financial possibility.
There's a few assumptions made here that Qualcomm will either buy out the AMD server business solely or the complete company itself - however, it's one of the best theories put forward yet. AMD recently denied spin-off talk, which helps solidify the idea that it may sell up completely to Qualcomm, rather than pushing away parts of its business.
If Qualcomm is to take over, we can expect to see the Snapdragon processor come out in full force, something that is already included in many mobile applications and the chip that this company is most well known for in the public scene.
The AMD versus Intel debate is one that will seemingly run until the end of time. The latest update in this slew of arguments is the unfolding information that AMD's E3-announced Project Quantum will be powered by an Intel Core i7-4790K processor instead of an AMD-made addition.
Sitting atop an ASRock mini-ITX motherboard, the internals will be topped off with two 'Fiji' video cards in crossfire, half-height Crucial Ballistix RAM and an AMD labeled SSD.
As for cooling, the Project Quantum will feature a custom Asetek watercooling system that hooks up to the video cards, the processor and the PCG.
Despite previous reports that claim AMD plans to spin-off into two separate businesses, the company has been quick to deny those reports.
The Reuters report indicates AMD wants to focus on graphics and licensing away from its server business, with speculation that the ATI brand could be reborn once again.
"AMD provided official confirmation that we have not hired an outside agency to explore spinning-off/splitting the company," said Sarah Youngbauer, spokesperson at AMD, in a statement to eTeknix. "We remain committed to the long-term strategy we laid out for the company in May at our Financial Analyst Day, which encompasses all parts of the business."
Taking place in Cologne, Germany on the 5th to 9th of August, Gamescom 2015 is said to be the host of a live global premiere of Intel's new 6th Generation desktop processors - the Skylake series.
We've already seen plenty of Intel Z170 Express chipset motherboards shown off at Computex recently in Taipei, Taiwan and now it's time for the heart of any desktop PC to shine alongside DDR3 or the recently-released DDR4 technology.
With further releases set for August/September, Intel will be soon showing off it's full range of champion products ranging from high-end overclocking to consumer desktop performance.
Computex 2015 - Rockchip has just unveiled its new "world's lowest power Wi-Fi technology," boasting an 85% power decrease for Internet of Things (IoT) devices when compared to predecessors and claiming it to provide similar power figures to Bluetooth 4.0 LTE.
The patented RKi6000 chip out of this Chinese company was announced during a stint at Computex 2015, with Rockchip stating that its new device uses around 20 mAh of power during use across a more convenient platform than the often range-limited Bluetooth 4.0 option.
There is also the added feature of 'Adaptive Dynamic Power Control Technology' which claims to adjust the chip's power configuration depending on data transmission requirements at any given time. Allowing for a better overall power consumption model when in stand-by or low-use situations.
Self-quoted as the "world's first high-performance Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) in a System-on-Chip (SoC) design" and previously known as the codename "Carrizo," this 6th generation AMD A-Series chip claims to be the most versatile notebook processor on the market.
Adding to the world first claim list is "the world's first High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) hardware decode support for notebooks, the first Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) 1.0-compliant design, and the first ARM TrustZone-capable high-performance APU," as mentioned in the release. These claims sit alongside specifications including a 12 compute core design, with four of those for the CPU and eight GPU - involving AMD "Excavator" cores and third generation AMD graphics cores.
Boasting double the speed of its competitors and twice the battery life of the previous model, this chip is tailored towards a Windows 10 experience and DirectX 12 usage.
It looks like manufacturers want AMD new chip, code-named Carrizo, to appear in laptops powered by Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows 10 - and not in Chromebooks. The news was confirmed by AMD marketing manager Adam Kozak, with OEMs likely excited to utilize Carrizo for gaming, video entertainment, and more.
The Carrizo is AMD's 6th generation AMD A-Series processor designed with core performance improvements, better gaming functionality, and other increased support for hardware-intensive activities. This is a great move by AMD as the company hopes manufacturers and consumers become fans of its latest accelerated processing unit offering.
Some laptops running Windows 8.1 and powered by Carrizo will launch in early July, with other products slated later this year using Windows 10. AMD designed Carrizo to help shake up laptops in the $400-$700 price range, which appears to be the consumer sweet spot.
Computex 2015 - On the industry side of things, Analogix Semiconductor, Inc. has just announced the release of its new ANX74xx product line set out to integrate everything needed to add USB Type-C into a smartphone, tablet, notebook or wearable device.
The vice president of marketing from Analogix, Andre Bouwer, says that "over time, the full-featured USB-C cable will replace HDMI cables, and indeed all USB cables, to become the ubiquitous way to transfer power, data and video," marking a major shift in technology trends globally.
This USB Type-C controller offers power delivery of up to 100w battery charging, data transfer in the form of SuperSpeed USB 3.1 generation 1 (5Gbps) and video display resolution support of 4K UHD and 8K.
In a recently issued press release AMD claims that its new A10-7870K APU "delivers a best-in-class experience for eSports and online gaming with superior performance," adding that this "new processor also delivers exceptional performance in modern workloads and is designed for the future with Microsoft Windows® 10."
Backed by 12 cores comprised of 4 CPU and 8GPU, this processor will has now hit the market at a small price of $137.
Aiming to allow gamers to play "like a pro without spending like one," AMD's corporate VP and general manager, Mat Skynner, is confident in this release.
The race of smaller nodes is quite exciting, with Apple reporting tapping TSMC for its future 10nm processors. We could expect TSMC to handle all of Apple's future A10 processors, which should hit production towards the end of the year.
TSMC will reportedly test out at 10nm pilot line within its 12 factories located in Hsinchu, with the company already starting a semiconductor intellectual property program, where it will partner up with other clients as we get deeper into 2015. With Samsung announcing 10nm production for 2016, the South Korean giant might be falling behind its competitors.
Sources of UDN have stated that the factory locations of TSMC that are working on 10nm are incredibly important to the Taiwanese manufacturer if it wants to secure a super client like Apple. If TSMC can indeed get its 10nm node production up to scratch in time, Samsung might lose out in its future contracts to Apple for the A10 processor.