Last week as we reported AMD is being being taken to court over misrepresentation of the CPU core count on its “Bulldozer” architecture by California resident Tony Dickey. He claims that because of the way they are physically structured, AMD’s 8-core “Bulldozer” chips really only have 4 cores.
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GLOBALFOUNDRIES today announced it has demonstrated silicon success on the first AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) products using GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ most advanced 14nm FinFET process technology. As a result of this milestone, GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ silicon-proven technology is planned to be integrated into multiple AMD products that address the growing need for high-performance, power-efficient compute and graphics technologies across a broad set of applications, from personal computers to data centers to immersive computing devices.
It looks like AMD is being taken to court over misrepresentation of the CPU core count on its “Bulldozer” architecture. Tony Dickey, who is representing himself in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has accused AMD of falsely advertising the core count on its latest CPUs.
This seems a little late right? Well for some reason AMD never released the die shots of their Fiji GPU that is used in their R9 Fury series graphics cards. Third party ChipWorks was able to show us whats inside these brand new cards as they have released a die shot of the Fiji GPU.
According to a recent report AMD has finished testing its first “Zen” micro-architecture CPU prototypes. They have concluded that these prototypes “meet all expectations” with “no significant bottlenecks found” it the chips design. This means that Zen CPUs could be as competitive with Intel as AMD set them out to be.
As its first major announcement after consolidating most of its visual computing divisions into the Radeon Technologies Group under Raja Koduri AMD will be re-branding AMD Catalyst as Radeon Software. The first release will be called Radeon Software Crimson Edition 15.11.
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About a year ago AMD released its special edition Catalyst Omega drivers, which featured many bug fixes and introduced quite a lot of new features. It looks like AMD is planning another major Omega update for November. These WHQL-signed drivers should bring with them massive performance optimizations across the board for many of the latest games as well as the opportunity for AMD to introduce new software features to their drivers.
One of the biggest features you will see talked about with DirectX 12 is asymmetric multi-GPU, which lets you mix and match different GPUs from both AMD and NVIDIA as long as they support a consistent feature-level. In the case of “Ashes of Singularity” that is Direct3D 12_0. In order for this to work you need two DirecX 12 graphics cards and of course a DirectX 12 application, don’t expect this to work on DirectX 11 games.