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Comment: Re:AMD has played losing strategy for too long (Score 1) 133

by Hamsterdan (#49495713) Attached to: AMD Withdraws From High-Density Server Business

"The core2 was introduced in 2006. - Almost a decade ago and core2 based computers are still quite damn fast today."

Agreed. My hands-me down i3-2100 is faster than the 3.2 C2D it replaced, yes, but I didn't fall off my chair. Anything more recent than a P4 will be usable for everyday tasks for most people.

As for AMD going down, I really don't want to go back to paying a thousand dollars for a CPU...

+ - New AMD Zen APU boasts up to 16 cores (plus Greenland GPU with HBM)->

Submitted by Hamsterdan
Hamsterdan writes: Greenland graphics HBM for Godaveri successor

We got an update on AMD's 2016 processor plans and the new APU with up to 16 Zen x86 cores and integrated Greenland HMB graphics is something that you may find interesting.

The new APU is expected to launch sometime in 2016, replacing the Godaveri platform that we all got to know as the Carrizo APU. Carrizo notebook APUs should launch at Computex, or early June 2015. The new Zen-core powered APU doesn't have a solid codename just yet, at least not the one that our sources are comfortable revealing.

The new APU platform has everything AMD fans could wish for — four channel DDR4 support, PCIe3, up to 16 Zen cores and Greenland GPU, paired with High Bandwidth Memory (HBM). The ability to add up to 16 Zen CPU cores suggests that AMD plans to use this chip for the compute market too, as the marriage of 16 Zen processors and HBM powered Greenland graphics can probably score some amazing compute performance numbers.

Yes, we think such an architecture is a perfect match for the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA). In case you are not familiar with this term, HSA is a type of computer processor architecture that integrates CPU and GPU on the same bus, with shared memory and tasks.

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Comment: Re:See nothing that says this is x86 (Score 1) 128

by Hamsterdan (#49387467) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Tablet

I wouldn't be so sure, Apple has proven many times they can switch OS and Architectures in a pretty seamless way.

Apple ][->68K via expansion card or emulation, 68K->PPC via Classic or Fat Binaries, OS9->OSX via emulation and PPC->x86 via Rosetta or Universal Binaries.

In latest OSX versions, the scroll bars act the same as on iDevices, and since iOS is based on OSX, It wouldn't be too hard for them to switch OS and/or architectures again (or emulate iOS apps on OSX).

Time will tell I guess...

Comment: Re:See nothing that says this is x86 (Score 1) 128

by Hamsterdan (#49382605) Attached to: Microsoft Announces Surface 3 Tablet

I wouldn't be so sure. It wouldn't be the first time MS failed with a product line. Zune, Windows CE PDAs, Windows Phone, Tablet PCs...

iOS and Android devices are here to stay. Most people using tablets don't need X86 compatibility on a portable device (that's what laptops are for). Tablets are used to consume content and view documents and the current crop is perfectly capable of doing so.

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