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Leaked AMD roadmaps suggests Llano replacement in Q1'12

Le 12 mars 2014, 08:15 dans Humeurs 0

If what appears to be a legit leak of a mobile product roadmap from AMD is the real deal, then we can expect Llanos replacement, Trinity, to arrive in Q1 next year. As with Llano, Trinity will have four different main SKUs, although so far no specific models are listed. Trinity will be based on AMDs new Pilderiver core which is derived from Bulldozer, the same core which well see in the soon to launch AMD FX series of CPUs.

The platform will be known as Comal and initially itll co-exist with the Sabine platform which is the current mobile Llano APUs combined with the A70M and A60M chipsets. Comal will continue to use the same chipsets and as far as we can tell, the same socket. Well also be seeing improved graphics, currently codenamed London. Beyond that, details are very sketchy, but what we do know is that the TDP will remain the same as for the current APUs.

Later next year well see the introduction of Wichita and Krishna, both part of the Deccan platform. Both SKUs will feature Bobcat core, i.e. the same CPU cores as AMD current Zacate and Ontario entry level APUs. However, the graphics core will be the same as for Trinity, albeit wed expect to see far fewer shader units compared to Trinity. Interestingly AMD has developed a new FCH for Wichita and Krishna called Yuba which incorporates two SATA 6Gbps ports, two USB 3.0 ports, 10 USB 2.0 ports, 4 PCI Express x1 lanes, a built in SDHC controller and various other basic chipset features. Yuba will replace the A50M FCH in this product category. The Deccan platform should launch sometime in Q2 next year.

As for the "ultra low power" segment were looking at Hondo, a next gen Desna APU which brings the power down from 5.9W to 4.5W. Honda incorporates two Bobcat cores, the same Loveland graphics as the current range of entry level APUs and the same FT1 BGA package. The platform will be known as Brazos T and as AMD is targeting tablets, well be seeing a new FCH here too, called A55T. The A55T is a very small and simplified FCH with a single SATA port, SDIO support and eight USB 2.0 ports.

The roadmap also contains some details of what AMD is planning for 2013. At the top we have Kaveri which is Trinitys replacement which will feature Steamroller CPU cores and a yet unknown graphics core. Below that we have Kabini which will feature Jaguar cores, a feature it shares with the tablet friendly Samara APU. Kaveri will be teamed up with the Bolton FCH, while Kabini gets the integrated Yangtze FCH and finally Samara will feature the integrated Salton FCH.
Lets hope AMD can deliver on this roadmap, as this year has been a bit of a disaster for AMD. That said, at least for next year we should be looking at 32nm parts and by then AMD and Global Foundries shouldve gotten yield rates up to expected levels. With a Bulldozer core at the heart of Trinity we should also see a decent jump in raw CPU performance over Llano and its aging Husky cores.

Source: 3DCenter forums

League Of Legends qualifiers announced

Le 12 mars 2014, 08:15 dans Humeurs 0


Garena,online game service provider and Southeast Asia’s exclusive publisher of League of Legends, has announced the dates for the qualifiers of its acclaimed online multiplayer session-based game.

League Of Legends is a session-based, multiplayer online game where teams of players compete for victory. Built by a veteran development team and the original creators of Defense Of The Ancients, one of the world’s most popular player-made mods, League Of Legends combines elements of the role-playing and strategy with addictive competitive action.

The qualifying tournament for the Season One Grand Finals, in partnership with Dells Alienware, will take place on the Singapore/Malaysia server, where gamers will compete online from 4th to 30th April.

The top two teams will then face-off in the finals at the Alienware Launch in Suntec City, Singapore on 30 April to compete forthe grand prize which includes a fully sponsored trip to Jönköping, Sweden to compete in the Season One Grand Finals at DreamHack Summer 2011, the world’s largest digital festival from 18 to 21 June. On top of that is thetotal cash prize of S$2,000.

The number of participating teams is expected to range from 32 to 64 and will include both Singaporean and Malaysian players. Registration for the Season One Qualifiers was opened on 21 March.

League of Legends pro player banned for life

Le 12 mars 2014, 08:15 dans Humeurs 0

Harsh news from the League of Legends community today – player IWillDominate of pro team Team Dignitas has officially been banned. According to Riots public message on their League of Legends forum, “IWillDominate is ineligible to play in the League of Legends Championship Series for a period of one year. This suspension shall commence immediately. In addition, all other existing known accounts used by IWillDominate are permanently banned.” The ban was due to, as Riot put it, IWillDominates “toxic behavior” - listed more formally as in-game harassment, verbal abuse, offensive language and negative attitude.


Christian “IWillDominate” Rivera is (or was) the assigned jungler for Team Dignitas – a top ranking and highly respected team. Christian has only been with the team since January, but theyve seen their share of victories together. Now it seems that theyve seen their last.

“We take sportsmanship and player behavior very seriously, and we fundamentally believe that pro players should not be exempt from scrutiny over their behavior,” said RedBear, VP of League of Legends eSports, “In fact, we believe pros have an additional opportunity to act as positive role models for the entire community.” The player has also been known to be generally un-sportsman like outside of the game as well, says Riot: “There also have been repeated incidents of similar behavior outside the game.” And for a pro player on a big-name team, thats a strict no-no.


This news is sure to make huge waves in the League of Legends crowd, not to mention all the online gaming community. It may send a shiver down the spine of those who make their living off of playing games – seeing that you can be top dog one day and banned the next due to bad behavior is a bit humbling. “The decision to impact someone’s career is not one we make lightly, which is why this is tough news to deliver,” said the VP of LoL eSports.

While there are a few voicing outrage already, many League players seem to be alright with the ruling. Seeing as the judgment was passed by the Tribunal – average players of the game who get to weigh in on the ruling – I suppose it should be no surprise that the outrage is minimal.

League of Legends players are, admittedly, among some of the worst in gaming when it comes to flaming, or “toxic behavior”... second only perhaps to Halo players. Gamers and League enthusiasts are wondering if this will cause a shift in the way players approach the game... and how they approach their fellow players.

News Source: League of Legends Community forum and Leaguepedia

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