Profile: Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.N)
9 Dec 2013
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), incorporated on May 1, 1969, is a global semiconductor company with facilities around the world. The Company offers x86 microprocessors, as standalone devices or as incorporated as an accelerated processing unit (APU), for the commercial and consumer markets, embedded microprocessors for commercial, commercial client and consumer markets and chipsets for desktop and mobile devices, including mobile personal computers, or PCs, and tablets, professional workstations and servers and graphics, video and multimedia products for desktop and mobile devices, including mobile PCs and tablets, home media PCs and professional workstations, servers and technology for game consoles. In March 2012, the Company acquired SeaMicro Inc. In September 2013, Advanced Micro Devices Inc announced that its Singapore subsidiary, Advanced Micro Devices (Singapore) Pte Ltd. completed a transaction to sell and lease-back its Singapore facility located at 508 Chai Chee Lane, Singapore 469032 to HSBC Institutional Trust Services (Singapore) Limited.
The Company's AMD Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU, combines the Company's CPU and GPU onto a single piece of silicon. The Company's AMD Accelerated Processing Unit, or APU, combines the Company's CPU and GPU onto a single piece of silicon. The Company designs , develops and sells microprocessor products for servers, desktop PCs and mobile devices, including mobile PCs and tablets. The Company's microprocessors and chipsets are incorporated into computing platforms that also include GPUs and core software to enable and advance the computing components. A platform is a collection of technologies that are designed to work together to provide a more complete computing solution.
The Company's CPUs and APUs are manufactured primarily using 45-nanometer , 40 nanometer, 32 nanometer or 28 nanometer process technology. The Company bases its microprocessors and chipsets on the x86 instruction set architecture and AMD's Direct Connect Architecture, which connects an on-chip memory controller and input/output (I/O) channels directly to one or more microprocessor cores. The Company typically integrates two or more processor cores onto a single die, and each core has its own dedicated cache, which is memory that is located on the semiconductor die, permitting quicker access to frequently used data and instructions. Some of the Company's microprocessors have additional levels of cache, such as L2, or second level cache, and L3, or third level cache, to enable faster data access and higher performance.
The Company designs its CPUs and APUs to is compatible with operating system software such as the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems, Linux, NetWare, Solaris and UNIX. The Company's microprocessors for traditional server platforms consist of the Company's AMD Opteron 6000, 4000 and 3000 series processors. The Company also offers high-density server platforms consisting of AMD's SeaMicro SM10000 and SM15000 server chassis, as well as AMD's SeaMicro Freedom Fabric Storage series of storage systems. The Company designs its APUs for improved visual computing, security, performance-per-watt and smaller device forms factors.
The Company's CPUs for mobile PC platforms also consist of the AMD Phenom II Mobile Processor, AMD Turion X2 Mobile Processor, AMD Turion II Mobile Processor, AMD Turion II Ultra Mobile Processor, AMD Athlon II processor, and the Mobile AMD Sempron processor. The Company's APUs for desktop PC platforms consist primarily of the AMD A Series APU and the AMD E-Series APU. The Company designed the desktop AMD A-Series APU for mainstream desktop platforms, and it is available primarily in quad- and dual-core versions with a variety of discrete-level graphics configurations. The Company designed the desktop AMD E-Series APUs for essential desktop tasks, and it is available in dual-core versions with a variety of graphics configurations.
The Company's CPUs for desktop PC platforms also consist of AMD FX processors based on the Bulldozer and Piledriver x86 multi-core architecture, which are available in quad- and dual-core technology, AMD Athlon II processors, which are available in quad-, triple- and dual- core versions, and AMD Sempron processors, which are available in limited quantities and in select regions.
The Company's embedded platforms include options from the AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron processor families; the AMD Embedded G-Series, which is the embedded version of the Company's APUs; the AMD Radeon graphics processor family; and numerous AMD chipsets. These products are part of the AMD Longevity Program, which provides for an availability period of up to five years in some cases in order to support lengthy development and qualification cycles and long-term life of the system in the market. The Company's fabric technology, AMD SeaMicro Freedom supercompute fabric, links together hundreds of card-sized CPUs to create a array of independent but linked CPUs. The Company designed this fabric to reduce power consumption while providing lower latency, lower cost and higher bandwidth.
The Company's APUs for mobile PC platforms consist of the Company's performance, mainstream AMD A-Series APU, the AMD E-Series APU for everyday performance, the AMD C-Series APU for HD Internet experiences in small form factors, and the AMD Z-Series APU for Windows-based tablets. The Company's APUs for mobile platforms combine discrete-level graphics, dedicated HD video processing and multi-core CPU processors on a single die for maximum performance and power efficiency in the smallest space. In May 2012, the Company introduced its second generation AMD A-Series APU for mainstream and ultrathin mobile PC platforms. In June 2012, the Company introduced its next generation AMD E-Series APU for mobile platforms, which meets basic performance needs at accessible price points. In October 2012, the Company announced the AMD Z-60 APU, codenamed Hondo, its lowest powered APU designed for the performance tablet and small form factor PC market.
The Company's portfolio of chipset products includes chipsets with and without IGPs for desktop PCs and servers, and AMD Controller Hub-based chipsets for the Company's APUs. The Company offers AMD A50-Series, A60-Series and A70-Series chipsets for its mobile PC platforms. As well, the Company offers AMD 9-Series, 8-Series, 7-Series Discrete and AMD 7-Series Integrated chipsets for desktop PCs.
A graphics solution can be in the form of either an APU, a GPU, an IGP, or a combination of a GPU with one of the other foregoing products working in tandem. The semiconductor graphics market addresses the need for visual or parallel processing in various computing and entertainment platforms, such as desktop PCs, mobile PCs and workstations. The Company's discrete GPUs for desktop PCs include the AMD Radeon HD 8000 series, AMD Radeon 7000 series, AMD Radeon HD 6000 series, ATI Radeon HD 5000 series, ATI Radeon HD 4000 series and ATI Radeon HD 3000 series. The Company's discrete GPUs for mobile PCs include AMD Radeon HD 8000M series, AMD Radeon 7000M series, AMD Radeon HD 6000M series, ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5000 series and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4000 series.
During the year ended December 29, 2012, the Company introduced a number of new GPUs based on 28nm process technology and its Graphics Core Next, or GCN, architecture. GCN architecture is the Company's design specifically engineered for general computing, enabling a GPU to handle workloads and programming languages traditionally exclusive to the CPU. In February 2012, the Company launched the AMD Radeon HD 7770 gigahertz Edition, AMD Radeon HD 7750 and AMD Radeon HD 7700 GPUs. In March 2012, the Company introduced the AMD Radeon HD 7870 gigahertz Edition and AMD Radeon HD 7850 GPUs.
In February 2012, the Company introduced the AMD FirePro V3900, an entry-level professional graphics card that features AMD Eyefinity technology. In August 2012, the Company announced AMD FirePro S9000 and S7000 server graphics cards for the high-end workstation market. In addition, the Company launched the next generation of AMD FirePro workstation products, W5000, W7000, W8000 and W9000 GPUs designed to balance compute and three dimensional (3-D) workloads efficiently for CAD and engineering and for media and entertainment professionals. The Company also launched AMD FirePro A300 APU for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations for users who require a high-performance computing platform to power their professional applications. In November 2012, the Company introduced AMD FirePro S10000 server graphics card designed for high-performance computing workloads and graphic intensive applications. The Company designed its AMD FireStream series of products to utilize the parallel stream processing power of the GPU for heavy floating-point computations and to meet the requirements of various industries, such as the high-performance computing and the scientific and financial sectors.
The Company competes with Intel Corporation, ARM Ltd. and Imagination and Nvidia Corporation.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc
One AMD Place,
P.O. Box 3453
SUNNYVALE CA 94088-3453