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AMD History and Trivia

AMD History and Trivia

 

 Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) is an American multinational semiconductor company based in Sunnyvale, California, that develops computer processors and related technologies for commercial and consumer markets. It is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its ground-breaking Advanced Micro Devices Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Their graphics and computing technologies power a variety of solutions including PCs, game consoles and the servers that drive the Internet and businesses.

NYSE Ticker: AMD

TAGLINE: AMD. Smarter Choice.

HEADQUARTERS: One AMD Place, Sunnyvale, California, USA.


AMD HISTORY:

Advanced Micro Devices was founded on May 1, 1969, by a group of former executives from Fairchild Semiconductor, including Jerry Sanders III, Ed Turney, John Carey, Sven Simonsen, Jack Gifford and three members from Gifford’s team, Frank Botte, Jim Giles, and Larry Stenger.

AMD History

AMD History and Founders

TRIVIA:

*Advanced Micro Devices is the second-largest global supplier of microprocessors based on the x86 architecture and also one of the largest supplier of graphics processing units.

*Advanced Micro Devices’ first in-house x86 processor was the K5 which was launched in 1996. The “K” was a reference to Kryptonite, which from comic book lore, was the only substance (radioactive pieces of his home planet) which could harm Superman, a clear reference to Intel, which dominated in the market at the time, as “Superman”.

*After the merger between AMD and ATI, an initiative codenamed Fusion was announced that will merge a CPU and GPU on some of their entry level chips.

*Chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand is the current brand ambassador for Advanced Micro Devices.

*50×15, digital inclusion, with targeted 50% of world population to be connected through Internet via affordable computers by the year of 2015.

*AMD History of main line of processors include: K series, Athlon/64, Opteron, Phenom, Duron, Sempron, Fusion, Bobcat and Bulldozer.

*The AMD History of codenames for it’s processors include SledgeHammer, Barcelona, Shanghai, Istanbul, Magny-Cours, Lisbon, Venus, Troy, Athens, Denmark, Italy, Egypt, Santa Ana, Santa Rosa, Budapest and Suzuka.

AMD History is a descriptive article pertaining to technology brands such as Dell and Adobe.

AMD says Goodbye to ATI brand

Advanced Micro Devices last week  said it will remove the ATI name from its products by the end of the year, killing a brand name synonymous with graphics enthusiasts for 25 years.
AMD offers a range of graphics products under the ATI brand, including the Radeon, FirePro and Eyefinity offerings. The chip designer will instead attach the name AMD to those products by the end of the year, said Drew Erskine, an AMD spokesman.
The change in brand name won’t affect the company’s graphics product offerings or plans, Erskine said.
ATI was originally established in 1985 as a graphics company and was acquired by AMD in 2007 for US$5.4 billion. At the time of the acquisition, ATI was the one of the largest graphics chip providers for consumer electronics, set-top boxes and gaming consoles. AMD said at the time it would continue to offer ATI products, and it also announced a next-generation processor design called Fusion, which would combine high-performance graphics and CPU processing on a single piece of silicon.
BusinessWeek reports AMD parting with ATI brand
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