About Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD), incorporated on May 1, 1969, is a global semiconductor company. The Company is engaged in offering x86 microprocessors, as standalone devices or as incorporated into an accelerated processing unit (APU), chipsets, discrete graphics processing units (GPUs) and professional graphics, and, server and embedded processors and semi-custom System-on-Chip (SoC) products and technology for game consoles. The Company's segments include the Computing and Graphics segment, and the Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment. The Computing and Graphics segment primarily includes desktop and notebook processors and chipsets, discrete GPUs and professional graphics. The Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment primarily includes server and embedded processors, semi-custom SoC products, development services, technology for game consoles and licensing portions of its intellectual property portfolio. The Company sells its products through its direct sales force and through independent distributors and sales representatives in both domestic and international markets. Its microprocessor customers consist primarily of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs), system builders and independent distributors in both domestic and international markets.
Computing and Graphics segment
The Company's microprocessors are incorporated into computing platforms, which are a collection of technologies that are designed to work together to provide complete computing solution and to enable and advance the computing components. 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, permitting access to frequently used data and instructions. Its microprocessors also have additional levels of cache, such as L2, or second-level cache, and L3, or third-level cache. The Company's APUs for desktop personal computers (PCs) consists primarily of the AMD A-Series and AMD E-Series APUs. The Company also offers AMD FX central processing units (CPUs). The AMD FX CPUs are based on the Piledriver x86 multi-core architecture. Its AMD FX CPUs are designed for multitasking, high-resolution gaming and high definition (HD) media processing and come in eight-, six- and quad-core versions. The Company also offers desktop processor family, including the AMD A10-7890K APU and the AMD Athlon X4 880K APU that features its Excavator x86 architecture.
The Company is engaged in designing and developing high performing, and low power APUs for notebook PC platforms for the consumer market. The Company's APUs for notebook PCs consist primarily of AMD A-Series APUs and AMD E-Series APUs. These APUs combine discrete-level AMD Radeon graphics, and multi-core CPU processors on a single chip. The Company's portfolio of chipset products includes models with and without integrated graphics features for desktop and notebook PCs and servers, as well as AMD Controller Hub-based chipsets for its APUs. It offers AMD 9-Series chipsets for the Socket AM3/3+ platforms serving desktop PCs, and AMD A-Series Control Hubs for the Socket FM2/2+ and Socket FP4 platforms for desktop, all-in-one and notebook PCs. It also offers AMD 785E, 780E, 780M, 690E, SR5690, SP5100, SB600, SB710, SB850 and M690E chipsets and AMD A-Series Controller Hubs for its embedded products. The Company offers enterprise-class desktop and notebook PC solutions sold as AMD PRO for the commercial client market.
The Company develops its graphics products for use in various computing devices and entertainment platforms, including desktop PCs, notebook PCs, All-in-Ones (AIOs), professional workstations, and the datacenter. The Company's APUs deliver visual processing functionality for value and mainstream PCs by integrating a CPU and a GPU on a single chip, while discrete GPUs offer high performance graphics processing across all platforms. Its discrete GPUs for desktop and notebook PCs are designed to enable a range of application program interface (APIs), such as DirectX 12 and Vulkan and support new displays using FreeSync technology. It offers Radeon Pro Duo GPU with the LiquidVR SDK platform. It also offers Radeon RX 480 GPU. Its AMD FirePro family of professional graphics products consists of third generation (3D) and second generation (2D) multi-view graphics cards and GPUs designed for integration in mobile and desktop workstations, as well as commercial PCs. The Company has designed its AMD FirePro 3D graphics cards for applications, such as those found in the computer aided design (CAD) and digital content creation (DCC) markets. It also provides the AMD FirePro S-Series GPU products for the server market, where it targets high performance computing (HPC) primarily focused on artificial and machine intelligence, deep neutral networks (DNN), geosciences, biosciences, academic and government workloads, and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) use cases primarily focused on workstation-class virtualization, remote desktop and content streaming workloads.
Enterprise, Embedded and Semi-Custom segment
The Company's microprocessors for server platforms include the AMD Opteron X-Series, AMD Opteron 6300 Series processors and AMD Opteron A-Series processors. 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. The Company offers AMD Embedded G-Series SoCs and the Embedded G-Series LX SoC, providing customers a portfolio of performance options. Its semi-custom products are based on AMD's CPU, GPU and multi-media technologies. As of December 31, 2016, the Company developed the semi-custom SoC products that power the Sony PlayStation 4 and new PlayStation 4 Pro and Microsoft Xbox One and Xbox One S game consoles.
The Company competes with Intel Corporation, ARM Holdings and Nvidia Corporation.