AMD Jumps Past Intel with…

I’ve never seen a company so cripple itself as I have with Intel recently. From OEM support, to marketing, to just good governance—Intel appears to have all but abandoned the PC market even though companies like HP (speaking of HP, they are doing some really interesting things of late) are surging in it. But that has left a huge opportunity for AMD to fill the gap, and this week they announced their second-generation Ryzen Processors. For once however the most interesting things about this release aren’t the processors, but the software and features that AMD wrapped around them. It is this unique value add that I think makes for a very compelling reason to go AMD this cycle, well that and the fact Intel got caught screwing its investors, customers, employees, and country. Let’s talk Second-Generation Ryzen this week: To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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AMD Amps Up With Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition

AMD is executing amazingly well now in sharp contrast to the way they were a decade ago (and given Intel has had to discontinue their mobile, wearable, and maker efforts they seem to be out executing Intel as well now). One of the areas the firm has significantly enhanced is software and this is showcased by the release of the Adrenalin Edition of their GPU software suite. Increasingly only part of the gaming experience is assured by hardware, to get the most out of that hardware the control software that surrounds it must step in and do its part. I guess the analogy would be in a current race car where the telematics and software are increasingly providing the edge because the physical parts of the car are so tightly regulated and approaching theoretical performance limits. No regulations here, but we are getting amazing amounts of potential performance out of the current generation of graphics cards and making sure you get every ounce is the purpose of this free bundled offering from AMD. Let’s talk about some of the enhancements. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Intel + AMD = Mobile Gaming (and Other) Innovations

Mobile innovation impacts IT products of every sort. That’s certainly true for consumer endpoints, but it’s also the case for a widening range of business solutions and services. However, there are a few areas where inherent design issues inhibit device OEMs from developing compelling mobile solutions. One area where this is particularly thorny is in gaming laptops where the necessary footprint for CPU and GPU components contributes to systems that average 26mm (over 1”) in height, or more than twice the 11mm to 16mm heights common in thin and light laptops. That substantial difference isn’t just an aesthetic issue—it also results in gaming systems being considerably heavier than most consumer and business laptops. That’s a problem that Intel and AMD are working together to fix. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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AMD Threadripper and Why We Need Products Built on Passion

I’ve been involved with a lot of amazing products over the years and one thing that is almost always the case with an amazing product is that it doesn’t go through the normal product development path.  More often they come from “Skunk Works” type efforts – people that go off and create something amazing because no one told them it was impossible, or where one or more people, on their own time, flesh out an idea and drive it through management, or they come from a startup that rises up to scare vendors who believed that what the startup did was impossible or stupid. For more information, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Everyone And Their Brother But Intel…

It is not often a market moves against some of the dominant players.  In a surprisingly secret and surprise move many of the most powerful companies in technology have formed a consortium to change the market dynamic for servers. In an early morning announcement (as in I’m still asleep) they surprised the market with a massive surprise move that likely shocked those that aren’t part of this consortium.  Effectively they are moving away from PCIe, the current industry standard, to something that is both more open and vastly more powerful. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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