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In the last five years, the classic PC and server computing market has begun to inexorably merge with mobile devices, consoles and other alternative form factors that rely on computation. This is an incredibly wide range of form factors, spanning <1W for a smart phone to 150W for high-end servers. AMD’s architects realized that this range was too wide for a single processor core to address the entire market, thus spawning a strategy that relied on the Bulldozer architecture at the high-end, and the Bobcat and Jaguar cores (collectively the cat cores) for lower power devices.

AMD saw yet another axis for differentiation. Fundamentally, AMD is the only company outside of Intel that is capable of designing, validating, and shipping x86 microprocessors. Given the massive installed software base, this is tremendously valuable. Yet Intel as a semiconductor manufacturing company is largely unwilling to use foundries, which makes integrating external IP blocks challenging. AMD was already being forced to move to foundries by the spinoff of Global Foundries, but the Bobcat and Jaguar teams had aspirations on markets where customers, not manufacturers, defined the silicon. In particular, the graphics group at AMD had a strong presence in console gaming, dating back to ArtX’s relationship with Nintendo and had already won the lion’s share of console graphics, including the Xbox360 and Wii. To take advantage of this unique opportunity, AMD’s architects designed the cat cores to be easily synthesizable and portable between foundries.

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Like always with RWT, it is the most detailed technical review available. If you like to go deep, this is the article for you.
Edited by hajile - 4/1/14 at 8:43am
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In before the hate lol
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Been waiting so long for an AMD tablet.

My intel tablet is pretty good though.
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This is cool, only means more competition in the market, and thereforce, It will obligate other companies like Intel and ARM to desing newer architectures in order to keep up the innovation
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give credit where its due regardless of who's who thumb.gif

you fanboys before you start - what price would you be willing to pay for your cpu/ gpu?

cos without ying you cant have yang biggrin.gif
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Oh man I want an AMD tablet with a GCN core in it! Or an updated version of that Acer 11 inch touchscreen with the quad core Temash in it. This time with Bobcat and a GCN core or two.
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Very nice read.
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Get a Galaxy Note... biggrin.gif
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ATIV S all the way. smile.gif
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