The most recently AMD shares demonstrate confident growth. It is already approaching $ 4, which is much higher than $ 2.65 at the end of April and, moreover, $ 1.71 in November 2012. Such rapid growth has not been observed for a very long time. What does this mean? Wall Street believes in the prospects of the company, especially in the success of the upcoming CPU architecture Jaguar and heterogeneous technology of unified access to memory — Huma.
Jaguar — In every living room
It is far from news that CPU nuclei chips with Jaguar architecture (heiress of a rather successful energy -efficient architecture of Bobcat X86) with GCN Radeon graphics will be based. Using the Jaguar and Radeon ligament in both key home -generation gaming systems means, in fact, the stable receipt of money for AMD in the coming years.
This also gives AMD great opportunities to create the next generation of API standards. The developers line up to consult with AMD about how to create games that best use the computing resources of the chips of new consoles. But Jaguar — Something more: the long -promised child of the AMD and ATI union, which Intel has nothing to oppose yet. Jaguar — The first specific step into the world of heterogeneous calculations, development to the inextricable and complete integration of CPU and GPU.
New opportunities that gives Huma
The ability to effectively integrate the GPU and CPU, eliminating the narrow places of the GPGPU (calculations of general purpose on the GPU), — So far, only AMD in the X86 market. And although the leading architect PlayStation 4 Mark Cerny made several hints of the existence of an advanced AMD heterogeneous architecture a few weeks ago, the AMD officially only at the very end of April announced Huma, which will appear in the Kaveri chip that is coming this summer.
Given the market requests, the company’s growth does not have to be provided with high -performance expensive chips. If in practice Huma will work as AMD promises (the processor and graphics receive simultaneous access to the entire field of system memory), then the company can achieve strong growth in the market of laptops and tablets, new horizons are also opened in the microservic market. Given the GDDR5 support data controller in Kaveri, you can wait for quite interesting gaming laptops and tablets without discrete graphics, where GDDR5 chips will act as an operational/graphic memory.
However, although the appearance of Huma and AMD chips in the next generation of gaming systems can become a powerful impulse to move the company forward, it will have to be reckoned with the observed reduction in the volume of the PC market. However, this trend is harder for intel than AMD. Let’s see if the optimistic mood of Wall Street will be justified.
- VR-Zone.com, Arstechnica.com