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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OpenCAPI Consortium… Fuel System Innovation

As my colleagues Rob Enderle and Roger Kay discuss in this Pund-IT Review, the new OpenCAPI Consortium announced last week aims to develop new interconnect solutions that will improve server performance by as much as 10X over currently available systems. That’s impressive in eye-opening ways but even more so is OpenCAPI’s roster of founding members – AMD, Dell EMC, Google, HPE, IBM, Mellanox, Micron, NVIDIA and Xilinx – many of which are forcefully direct competitors. The fact that these companies have agreed to lay down their swords, at least for a while, and contribute their plowshare energies and imaginations to the Consortium makes OpenCAPI one of the more unusual collaborations to come down the pike in some time. Rob and Roger did a great job covering the technological elements of OpenCAPI and its potential marketplace impacts, especially on Intel, which was noticeably absent from the Consortium (as was Oracle). So I’d like to look a bit further afield and consider how/where OpenCAPI fits into the larger scheme of IT industry progress, and whether it and other open standards and open development efforts offer viable alternatives to traditional methodologies. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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