AMD launched its 5xxx series of graphics card for consumers in September, last year. The 5xxx series of graphics card featured many new technological improvements including ATI’s Eyefinity. ATI Eyefinity technology allows users to attach and use up to 3 monitors simultaneously, excluding the ATI 5870 Eyefinity edition. The ATI 5870 Eyefinity edition features 6 DisplayPorts, so users can hook up to 6 monitors and use them simultaneously.
Now AMD has unveiled its FirePro line-up of graphics card for professionals. At the beginning of this month, AMD had announced the ATI FirePro V8800 graphics card. AMD had described the card as “the industry’s most powerful professional graphics card ever created.” The ATI V8800 features 1600 stream processors, and 2GB of GDDR5 memory and costs 1,499$.
The cards which AMD announced today are specification wise – placed below the ATI FirePro V8800. The ATI V7800 has 1440 stream processors, along with 2Gb of GDDR5 memory. The card also features a dual DisplayPort, and a single dual-link DVI output. AMD describes the FirePro V8800 as ultra-fast.Next in line is the true workhorseV5800. At 800 stream processors, the V5800 has 640 stream processors less than the V7800. The graphics memory has also been halved at 1Gb.
The entry-levelcards the V4800 and the V3800 have 400 stream processors. The V4800 has 1Gb of GDDR5 memory while the V3800 has 512Mb of GDDR3 memory. The FirePro V4800 is equipped with two DisplayPort and one dual-link DVI port. The ATI FirePro V3800 has one display port and one dual-link DVI port. AMD did not mention the pricing or the release dates of these cards.
Apart from Intel and AMD, VIA technologies are also one of the x86-64 processor manufacturers in the market. VIA CPUs might not be as popular as their Intel and AMD counterparts, but the company still has some market share. Today, VIA unveiled their Nano E-series of processors. The Nano-E series of CPUs have native 64 bit software support and virtualization support.
At the time of their launch, the Nano-E CPUs will be available in speeds ranging from 800MHz to 1.8Ghz. The CPUs will also feature VIA’s integrated media system processors and various other codec’s including HD video playback and 3D graphics acceleration. VIA have guaranteed that these processors will have a longevity of seven years. The Nano-E series processors from VIA have many other top-end features so as to support the upcoming Windows Embedded Standard 7.
The Windows Embedded Standard 7 states that every CPU should double the amount of data it can process per clock cycle. But according to VIA, virtual software deployment could revolutionize the embedded market. VIA said that it expects to become the norm, not the exception for upcoming embedded system developers.
Is Apple preparing to launch a new line of (possibly cheaper) Macs powered by AMD microprocessors? Apple Insider certainly believes that this is a real possibility.
According to Apple Insider, representatives from Advanced Micro Devices have been spotted on Apple’s commuter coach buses. In addition, AMD executives have been spotted on their way out of meetings with senior Apple employees.
It is no secret that AMD has been struggling to compete with Intel’s offerings. This is just the kind of shot in the arms AMD desperately needs. In fact, a partnership with AMD would be good news for everybody. It would offer Apple some bargaining chips when dealing with Intel. Moreover, it would provide Apple, if they are interested, the opportunity to launch lower priced netbooks. AMD’s offerings can also come in handy in Mac Mini and lower end models of MacBook.
After Apple made the move to x86 processors in 2006, Intel has been their lone CPU supplier. The shift to Intel processors was appreciated by many as it brought faster performance across the whole line-up. Thanks to the shift to the Intel processors, Apple now refreshes its various product line-up every year with better CPUs. But now it seems like Apple is interested in using AMD processors in its products as well. AppleInsider reports that Apple is in serious discussions with various representatives from AMD about adopting their CPUs.
AppleInsider.com reports that many of the representatives from AMD, have had some serious discussions with some high officials from Apple. Until now, the only possible way to run Mac OS on an AMD processor is Hackintosh
. Even though illegal, Hackintosh is quite popular among the modding community. It is believed that Apple is interested in AMD because of their Fusion technology. AMD Fusion technology combines the processor with up to 4 cores and a Dx11 based IGP in a single package. AMD has said that the first AMD Fusion based processors will be launched in 2011.
The site reports that Apple has even started using AMD processors in its lab. If the talks between AMD and Apple are successful, then we can see Apple using AMD processors in the lower range of its product line-up. The use of Intel processors in Apple’s line-up will be restricted to its higher end product only.
ATI launched Dx11 based cards for Desktop users, last year in September-October itself. The HD5xxx series of card from ATI were not only technologically advanced than their predecessor, they even offered better performance at a lower power consumption. There has always been a very high degree of competition among ATI and Nvidia in the desktop graphics card market but the situation is completely opposite in the Mobile Graphic segment.
ATI today finally launched the Mobileedition of their popular HD5xxx series of graphics card for laptops/notebooks. The Mobility Radeon will include different series like HD 5400, HD 5600, HD 5700 and HD 5800. As the numbering suggests, HD 580xx series will be the bestof the lot. ATI claims that the HD5xxx series provide up to 4 times more performance compared to its predecessor, Mobility Radeon 4xxx series. The Mobility Radeon 5xxx series of graphics card are based on 40nm fabrication process, and they support GDDR5 memory, provided the OEM decides to implement it on the card. Also supported are HDMI 1.3, ATI’s EyeInfinity technology which allows a user to use more than 2 monitor at once and Display Port. The ATI Mobility Radeon series will be like their desktop counterparts, first graphics card in the mobile segment to support Dx11.
P.C. Wang, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the Notebook Business Unit of ASUS said “ASUS has worked closely with AMD for years to ensure that we’re collaborating to bring the newest and most compelling notebook technologies to our customers first, and with the DirectX 11-capable family of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 500 series graphics and the ASUS G73 and the new N series of notebooks, we’re continuing that leadership.
Asus will be the first laptop manufacture to release laptops using ATI Mobility Radeon 5xxx series of graphics card.
Lenovo today announced its Thinkpad Edge series of laptops targeted towards small to medium sized business firms, at CES 2010. The Thinkpad Edge series will contain laptops with varying screen sizes of 13, 14and 15inches. The Thinkpad series of laptops from Lenovo are known for their durability and reliability. These laptops will feature a spill-resistant keyboard, and a large multi-touch trackpad.
The 13Thinkpad Edge laptop will be the first laptop in the market to feature AMD’s Vision Pro Technology along with an AMD dual core processor.
Expanding our relationship with Lenovo to include ThinkPad laptops represents a turning point for AMD’s commercial client business and creates enormous opportunity for both companies. By basing these laptops on VISION Pro Technology, Lenovo is enabling customers to gain a competitive advantage with performance you can see on today’s collaboration and visual productivity applications, unbeatable value at every price point and a means of eliminating IT headaches through open standards manageability and security features,said Leslie Sobon, vice president, Product Marketing, AMD.
Lenovo says that the laptops will have a battery life of up to 8 hours. The laptops will also come equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth whereas 3G and WiMAX connectivity features will be optional. The Function (Fn) key has been re-designed by Lenovo so as to provide users with one finger access to the laptop’s multimedia functions. Also the System Req. key has been omitted from the keyboards’ layout. The Thinkpad Edge series of laptop can be powered by either an AMD Neo/AMD Turion processor or by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
The 13Thinkpad Edge laptop will be available in retail outlets starting 5th Jan with the base model being available for 549$. The 14and 15versions will hit the market in Q2 of 2010.
Intel and AMD have not only been fighting in the Consumer Processor Market, they have also been fighting over various anti-trust issues which led to Intel being fined a whooping $1.45B by the EU. Just a few days ago, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuom also filed an anti-trust lawsuit against Intel saying “Rather than compete fairly, Intel used bribery and coercion to maintain a stranglehold on the market. Intel’s actions not only unfairly restricted potential competitors, but also hurt average consumers who were robbed of better products and lower prices.Now it seems that Intel and AMD are making amends and are trying to improve their relationship. Both the companies today entered into a 5 year cross license agreement and AMD also dropped all its lawsuits against Intel. Intel although, has to pay $1.25billion to AMD as a part of this settlement.
AMD CEO Dirk Meyer said Today, I am pleased to announce the last major component of that transformation in the form of a transparent and public agreement with Intel to create a level playing field in the x86 processor industry taking us one big step closer to achieving our bold vision.” Meyer also added “Today marks the beginning of a new era… one that confirms that the game has changed for AMD. It is an important milestone for us, for our customers, our partners, and most important for consumers and businesses worldwide. In addition, it represents the culmination many years of litigation and regulatory engagement.”
AMD has finally launched the HD 5xxx series of graphics card in the market and with it, AMD has become the first graphics card manufacturer to release Dx 11 based graphics card in the market. The AMD HD5870 Core known as the “Cypress” is more complex than Nvidia’s G200 graphics core, featuring more than 2 billion transistors, and even then it’s about 1.4 times smaller than the 55nm version of the G200 core!
The HD5870 offers many new technological advancement and new technologies like ATi eyeInfinity – which allows the HD5870 to simultaneously provide output to 3 monitor’s or the 40nm fabrication process which helps provide HD5870 a killer performance but at extremely low power consumption level of *only* 27W when idle and a peak power consumption of 188W. Currently the HD5870 has to be the best graphics card retailing in the market, with such a low power consumption and a killer performance added to the sweet price of 399$.
You can read Xbitlabs.com review of HD5870 here.
AMD has been struggling to get the performance crown back from Intel, right from the time Intel launched the Conroe architecture based processors. Its been more than 3 years since the launch of Intel Conroe based processors and AMD is still trying to catch up with their performance. Their Phenom series of Processor proved to be a disaster for them, but thankfully the company got its act together and released the Phenom II which nearly matched the performance of Intel Core 2 Duo Processors. But by the time AMD launched Phenom II processors, Intel had come up with Core i7 series of processors which in the truest sense pwned AMD processors including Phenom II. AMD knew that it is not competitive enough in terms of performance with its Intel counterparts so it started competiting against Intel by reducing the prices of their processors and making them extremely value-for-money.
Thanks to all this heavy competition, AMD today released 2 new AMD Athlon II X4 based Quad Core Processors and one of them costs less than 100$. The Athlon II X4 620 and Athlon II X4 630 run at 2.6 and 2.8GHz respectively and comes with 2MB of L2 cache and does not feature L3 cache and carry a thermal envelope of 95W.The Athlon II X4 620 costs 99$ while the Athlon II X4 costs 122$. The Athlon II X4 620 and 630 are not going to provide stellar performance but they will surely shine when Applications which use quad cores efficiently will run on them.
This is getting monotonous now but today again few high-quality pictures of ATi’s upcoming HD5870 were leaked to the Internet.
The back of the card looks the most interesting to me. Its unlike any other graphics card I have seen till date.
The reference cooler on the card is definitely huge and it seems that this card will have some heavy power requirements and will run hot.
The above 6 slots can be used simultaneously to provide output to 6 different monitors. Also from the above pictures its quite clear that the card is definitely going to be a monster in terms of size/length and power consumption.