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AMD: The Rise, Fall and Future of an Industry Giant

There is no single event responsible for ousting AMD from its lofty position in early 2006. The company's decline is inextricably linked to its own mismanagement, some bad predictions, its own success, as well as the fortunes and misdeeds of Intel.

AMD has long been subject of polarizing debate among technology enthusiasts. The chapters of its history provide ample ammunition for countless discussions and no small measure of rancour. Considering that it was once considered an equal to Intel, many wonder why AMD is failing today. However, it's probably fairer to ask how the company has survived so for long -- a question we intend to explore as we revisit the company's past, examine its present and gaze into its future.

AMD A10-5800K APU Review: Trinity Comes to the Desktop

AMD has continued refining its Fusion offerings since launching the first APUs early last year. Just four months ago the company launched Trinity for mobile platforms -- arguably where its APUs provide the most value.

Now AMD is finally prepared to offer a desktop version, which brings a new socket and a new high-end chipset. Given that Piledriver improved Bulldozer's power consumption, we expect Trinity to be more efficient than Llano, while Cayman's VLIW4 architecture should boost the GPU's speed -- or so we hope.

AMD updates Fusion line-up with three new APUs

AMD has introduced three new Fusion APUs belonging to the E-series and C-series. The new processors include the E-450, E-300, and C-60, which will replace current models on its respective price points and power output specifications.

Unleashing Llano: AMD A8-3850 APU Review

Following in the footsteps of Brazos, AMD is now ready to unleash its bigger brother. Codenamed Llano, the new arrival resides in AMD's Lynx platform and packs four Husky cores (very similar to what's inside Athlon II processors), along with a robust GPU based on the Evergreen family's Redwood architecture.

As a refresher, the Evergreen GPUs powered AMD's last-generation Radeon HD 5000 graphics cards. Llano's graphics core feature anywhere from 160 to 400 stream processors, which should make them considerably more powerful than any other integrated graphics solution we have seen to date.

AMD announces Fusion chipsets with USB 3.0 support

Although plenty of USB 3.0 devices have launched since the specification was finalized in late 2008, Intel and AMD have been slow to deliver embedded support. To date, neither chipmaker provides native USB 3.0 support, forcing motherboard manufacturers to purchase…

Gateway launches Fusion-based NV series notebooks

Gateway has refreshed its NV notebook series, delivering AMD's Brazos platform in a full size mobile package. The 15.6-inch NV51B0u represents the line's flagship system and is priced at only $469.99, which gets you a 1.6GHz dual-core E-350 Fusion APU…

Fusion-based Asus Eee PC netbooks coming in April

Asus is set to release a couple of new netbooks based on the well-received AMD Brazos platform, which enables better-than-Atom graphics and processing performance in the same affordable netbook package. Starting at just $380, the 12.1-inch ASUS Eee PC 1215B…

Asus E35M1-M Pro Review: A Look at AMD's Fusion Platform

AMD Fusion is the marketing name for a series of APUs that have been in development since 2006. The final design is the result of AMD's merger with ATI, combining general processor execution as well as 3D geometry processing and other functions of modern GPUs into a single chip.

The Asus E35M1-M Pro motherboard we are testing today is an implementation of the AMD Fusion "Brazos" platform that packs a dual-core AMD Zacate 18W processor (formally known as the E-350 APU), DirectX 11 graphics support along with USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s, making for a relatively inexpensive bundle at $140.

MSI intros AMD Fusion-powered HTPC motherboard

If you've been itching to building a Fusion-based HTPC, the wait is nearly over. First shown during CES, MSI officially greeted its AMD Brazos-powered E350IA-E45 Mini-ITX motherboard with a press release earlier this week. The board will come with AMD's…

AMD unveils Fusion G-Series for embedded market

AMD took an important step forward in the embedded market today with the newest member of its Fusion APU family: the Embedded G-Series. Like other Fusion APUs unveiled prior to CES 2011, the new chip incorporates an x86 CPU with…

AMD's Fusion APUs kick off at CES 2011

After years of talks, demonstrations and endless delays AMD is delivering its Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. It’s been a long road since completing their $5.4 billion merger with ATI that promised…

Acer readies Aspire One 522 with AMD Fusion

Acer is reportedly among the manufacturers looking to utilize AMD's forthcoming Fusion chips, which incorporate a CPU and GPU into the same package. According to Macles, the Taiwanese system builder is preparing at least one mobile PC that is powered…

AMD previews Brazos platform, first Fusion APUs

AMD recently disclosed some fresh details about the Brazos platform that will put the first Fusion chips into low power systems early next year. In case you need a refresher, the Brazos architecture incorporates the "Bobcat" core design, which itself…

AMD Fusion: unlike anything we’ve seen before

Advanced Micro Devices has been having a tough couple of quarters over the last few years. The company's financial performance isn't as solid as it once was and competitors are attacking it on all fronts. What will finally turn things…