Profile: Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD.PH)
20 Jan 2017
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., incorporated on May 1, 1969, is a global semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in offering x86 microprocessors, as a standalone central processing unit (CPU) or as incorporated into an accelerated processing unit (APU), chipsets, and discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) for the consumer, commercial and professional graphics markets, and server and embedded CPUs, GPUs and APUs, and semi-custom System-on-Chip (SoC) products and technology for game consoles. The Company operates in two segments: the Computing and Graphics segment, which includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics, and the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment, which includes server and embedded processors, dense servers, semi-custom SoC products, engineering services and royalties.
The Company sells its products through direct sales force and through independent distributors and sales representatives in both domestic and international markets. The Company's desktop PC product brands for microprocessors are AMD A-Series, AMD E-Series, AMD FX CPU, AMD Athlon CPU and APU, and AMD Sempron APU and CPU. The Company's brands for notebook and 2-in-1s for microprocessors are AMD A-Series, AMD E-Series, AMD C-Series, AMD Z-Series, AMD FX APU, AMD Phenom, AMD Athlon CPU and APU, AMD Turion and AMD Sempron APU and CPU. Its server brand for microprocessors is AMD Opteron. It sells its dense server systems products under the SeaMicro brand, including the SM15000 series and Freedom Fabric Storage series for storage systems. The Company also sells low-power versions of AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron, as well as AMD Geode, AMD R-Series and G-Series processors as embedded processor solutions. Its product brand for the consumer graphics market is AMD Radeon.
Computing and Graphics
The Company's microprocessors are incorporated into computing platforms, which are a collection of technologies. 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 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. Some of its microprocessors have levels of cache, such as second-level cache (L2) and third-level cache (L3). The Company focuses on the energy efficiency of its products in power management technology. It offers central processing units (CPU), GPUs, APUs, SoCs and chipsets with multiple low power states that utilize lower clock speeds and voltages.
The Company APUs for desktop PCs consists of the AMD A-Series and AMD E-Series APUs. It also offers AMD FX CPUs. The Company launched the AMD A10-7850K and A10-7700K, formerly codenamed Kaveri for desktops. Its Mantle API is designed to allow game developers to take advantage of the capability of its Graphic Core Next (GCN) architecture. The latest generation of its AMD FX CPUs is based on the Piledriver, x86 multi-core architecture. Its AMD FX CPUs are designed for multitasking, gaming and media processing, and come in eight, six and quad-core versions. The Company's APUs for notebook PCs consist of performance AMD A-Series APUs and AMD E-Series APUs. These APUs combine discrete-level AMD Radeon graphics, video processing and multi-core CPU processors on a single chip.
The Company's portfolio of chipset products includes chipsets with and without integrated graphics processor (IGP) for desktop and notebook PCs and servers, as well as AMD Controller Hub-based chipsets for APUs. The Company offers AMD 785E, 780E, 780M, SR5690, SB600, SB710, SB850 and M690T chipsets and AMD A-Series Controller Hubs for its embedded products. The Company's graphics products are found in an APU, GPU, SoC or a combination of a GPU with one of the other products. The Company develops its graphics products for use in various computing devices and entertainment platforms, including desktop PCs, notebook PCs, 2-in-1s and workstations. In addition, the Company's generation graphics products have Linux driver support.
The Company offers discrete GPUs for desktop and notebook PCs enable next generation APIs like DirectX 12 and Vulkan, support new displays using Freesync technology, and are positioned to drive the next visual revolution of virtual reality (VR) in PC platforms. Its products include AMD Radeon R5, R7 and R9 series graphics. The Company has introduced the new AMD Radeon R9 Fury X and R9 Fury graphics, the AMD Radeon R7 300 and R9 300 series graphics, as well as the AMD Radeon M300 series graphics. The Company's AMD FirePro family of professional graphics products consists of three dimensional (3D) and two dimensional (2D) multi-view graphics cards and GPUs that it designed for integration in mobile and desktop workstations, as well as commercial PCs. The Company has designed its AMD FirePro 3D graphics cards for demanding applications, such as those found in the computer-aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC) markets, with drivers specifically tuned for maximum performance, stability and reliability across a range of software packages. The Company has designed its AMD FirePro 2D graphics cards with dual- and quad-display outputs for financial and corporate environments. The Company also provides the AMD FirePro S-Series GPU products for the server market, where it targets high performance computing (HPC) primarily focused on Deep Neutral Networks (DNN), Geosciences, Biosciences, Academic and Government workloads, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) use cases primarily focused on workstation-class virtualization, desktop remoting and content streaming workloads.
Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom
The Company's microprocessors for server platforms include AMD Opteron X-Series, AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors and AMD Opteron A-Series processors. The Company's embedded processors focuses on interactive digital signage, casino gaming, and medical imaging devices. The Company's processor products for embedded platforms include AMD Embedded R-Series APU and CPUs, AMD Embedded G-Series SoC platform and AMD Embedded Radeon GPUs. It also provides multiple new discrete AMD Embedded Radeon graphics cards, the AMD Embedded Radeon E8950MXM Module, the Embedded Radeon E8870 Series and E6465 Series, suitable for multiple form factors. The suite of products is specifically designed to advance the visual and parallel processing capabilities of embedded applications. It offers new AMD Embedded R-Series SOC processors designed for various embedded applications. The processors incorporate the newest AMD 64-bit x86 CPU core (Excavator), plus third-generation Graphics Core Next GPU architecture, and power management to minimize energy consumption. The Company's semi-custom products are tailored, high-performance, customer-specific solutions based on AMD's CPU, GPU and multi-media technologies.
The Company competes with Nvidia Corporation, ARM Holdings and Imagination Technology Group.
Advanced Micro Devices Inc
1 Amd Pl MS 68
SUNNYVALE CA 94085-3905
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