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AMD reduced its work force

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. tries to minimize its expenses by firing nearly 1,400 workers because of a weak computer market and manufacturing delays. The said problem has hurt the world’s second-biggest maker of microprocessors for PCs.

The layoffs announced Thursday amount to around 12 percent of the company’s 12,000 workers and were among the first significant move by AMD’s new CEO, Rory Read, who got hired from Lenovo Group in August. The cuts are going to unfold over the following five months.

AMD struggles with an industry wide problem: PC sales growth, particularly in the U.S. and Europe, has been feeble because of the weak economy and rivalry from smartphones and tablets.

Although PC shipments continually growing, the pace is slowing sharply — and too much of market research firms IDC and Gartner Inc. expected. The unexpected weak economy has raised fears the strength of the market going into the holiday shopping season.

Most of AMD’s business is in chips for PCs. It does not have a significant presence in smartphones and tablets.

Read’s job in large part is to help devise a strategy for AMD, so that they could penetrate computing markets where its rival Intel Corp. have largely not presented. The battle is now on a different level as AMD’s and Intel’s market share in PCs has attained a steady balance for years — Intel’s chips are in around 80 percent of the world’s PCs, and AMD’s are in essentially the rest.

Because AMD does not have any presence in the mobile devices, AMD got no chance against its rival, Intel because of its smaller size, and it was a key reason AMD expelled Read’s predecessor, Dirk Meyer, in January.

In some ways, Meyer got his excuse. He was the orchestrator of the triage since he manages the company’s spinoff of its manufacturing operations, as the same time as fending off Intel and overseeing the introduction of a significant new chip for AMD. That the chip can process modern graphics and general data on the same piece of silicon, a technical achievement.

In the meantime, the rise of mobile devices benefits chip makers such as Qualcomm Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc., whose processors designed in a way that it can only consume less power.

Several financial struggles have led to several rounds of layoffs at AMD in recent years. Back in 2008 and 2008, they have to let go of more than 3,300 workers.

The company the layoffs and other, unspecified operational changes would result to saving $200 million in 2012. A company spokesman said is separation benefits are going to vary based on location and local laws.


PC is going the way out, says one who invented it

According to one of the engineers involved in designing of first ever model of PC, PC is only 30 years old still it is going the way of typewriter and vinyl record. It was August 12 1981 that personal computer IBM 5150 made its debut at a press conference at Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York. Mark Dean, member of the team that built the first machine and now the CTO for IBM Middle East and Africa said that PC is now on the way out. It is no more the way it used to be when it was invented. Time has changed and so do the drift of people. He also said in a blog post that when designing the PC, he could not think he won’t survive long enough to see its decline. PCs are although much used devices however they are on the leading of computing anymore, he added.

Xbox games can be played on the PC

Teknylate.com reports the possibility of Xbox games played on a personal computer with the coming of Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 8.

However, the operating system company has not made any confirmation about the rumor yet.  According to report, the Xbox Live Dashboard or marketplace can be accessed through the PC.  Games from the Xbox Live market can now be downloaded by users and be played with the PC.

The service expected to have a service fee, but no one knows if existing Xbox Live members has to pay extra for using the PC extension.  Such technical details are not yet revealed.

People believe that the backward compatibility of backwards compatibility of Xbox 360 games in the next system may play an enormous factor.  Microsoft may drop backwards compatibility of Xbox 360 games to be able to play it for the personal computer.  If we could remember, Microsoft began the Xbox 360’s life with zero backwards compatibility and no future promises.  Now, Microsoft enables their new system to play original Xbox discs, but started hording the best of the library as downloadable titles.

Probably the next Xbox is going to forego BC for the early time-frame; this must have been the reason that Microsoft covering their back.  Sony reveals one can remove BC midway into your consoles life-span, not including, killing your business.

Since Microsoft has always been for the personal computer, there is always probability of the latter merging with their other PC products.  Some people think that one of the biggest gaming companies may design their next game to be played on a PC platform.  Microsoft intends to do that with Windows 8.

Creating Xbox games, which may be played on the upcoming operating system, might be Microsoft’s plan to fill in for their lack of handheld gaming presence.  Instead of competing with portable gaming devices, such as Nintendo DS and Sony PSP.  Microsoft targeting on using devices that no gaming company has used before – personal computer.  With the future released of Windows 8 gamer would not need to buy their own Xbox 360; they just need their trusted computer and play all the 360 games that they want.

Now, one would question what the purpose of next Xbox is.  One could only guest that it can be used to play what other gaming devices cannot.  As the average user does not upgrade their computer often, the next Xbox might have the same specs as the current computer.

New Revolution Of Cyber Games World

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There are people that have a special interest in computers and therefore they go out of their way to check out the latest developments. You have to ensure that the full computer games review process is able to capture the important things for you when you are using that piece of equipment. These are the essential success criteria:

Reliability Antivirus Firewall Software Suite For Personal Computer

There are many different ways of classifying the antivirus firewall software suite package systems. However in this article we look at the sources as the means of classification. Although they all perform the same function, there is a variety of places from which you can get the antivirus firewall software suite package systems.

That is why it is very important that you manage the search with certain restrictions on the places that you can possibly find the antivirus firewall software suite package systems. That is the benefit of knowing what you are looking for: