The TR Podcast 25: All about AMD, fixing the shift key, and a new season of TV

Date: Nov 15, 2008

Time: 1:34:06

Hosted by Jordan Drake

Co-Hosts: Scott Wasson, Geoff Gasior, Cyril Kowaliski

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Show notes

In the aftermath of Intel’s Core i7 processor launch, everyone wants to know: what’s AMD going to do to compete? This week on the TR podcast, we examine a flurry of news fresh from AMD’s Financial Analyst Day presentation in order to answer that question. Future desktop and mobile processors, foundry spinoff plans, and even an overview of how Radeon GPUs are doing in the marketplace—we cover it all.

After our AMD news marathon, Geoff gets very practical with his unruly Eee PC shift key, and our panel reveals what’s on their DVRs for this new season of TV shows. Our favorites include: The Office, Fringe, Top Gear, The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and a few others. As always, our show finishes with a sneak peek at what’s coming up on the site and our podcast.

Feel free to e-mail us with your questions and comments. – jdrake@techreport.com

What about bulldozer? (0:31:13) – from Anonymous:

” What is the state of AMD’s upcoming desktop core ‘Bulldozer’ and derivatives? Since announcing it in 2007 for 2009, AMD has been very quiet about even its existence. There have even been leaked roadmaps showing K10-based products through late 2010. Seeing as AMD’s current K10s aren’t that competitive now, I don’t think K10 could survive at all against Intel’s Sandy Bridge architecture also expected in 2010. Will Bulldozer will be AMD’s next core, and when do you think a new core will be delivered?”

Tech discussion:

    GPU price analysis: AMD undercuts Nvidia in multiple segments (0:02:53)- Read more

    AMD counters CUDA with renewed ATI Stream initiative (0:15:03)- Read more

    AMD postpones ‘Fusion’ to 2011, rethinks mobile roadmap (0:31:13)- Read more

    AMD shows The Foundry Company roadmaps (0:59:58)- Read more

    Swapping keys on the Eee PC (1:05:28)- Read more

    A new season of TV – what are we watching? (1:09:29)

That’s all, folks! Check back on November 22 for the next TR podcast.

Comments closed
    • _Sigma
    • 11 years ago

    Awesome as always. I just I had more of them – it’s what keeps me going on my bus ride into university!

    • tfp
    • 11 years ago

    error error…

    • no51
    • 11 years ago

    Cyril needs a lozenge or something. Or some helium.

    • Pax-UX
    • 11 years ago

    Another great show guys!

    I think this is the best season yet for Heroes. The problem with the second season was it started off slow and got cut short because of the writers strike, so the last 7 episodes were paced at blazing speed. Which ruined the show, I think season 2 killed the show for most people.

    That said I’m loving the third season, but it seem I’m in the minority. I like what they’ve done as this season’s theme is ‘Villains’. It seems one of the main points they’re making is what makes a villain just comes down to circumstance, except for those that are the complete evil scheming bast%^&. The original Heroes show started out in the superman style of black & white morality it’s become something closer to batman with a lot of grey moral ambiguity. It looks like some sections on of Middle America can’t deal with that, they like to know they’re rooting for the good guys when sometimes things aren’t that straightforward. That said I didn’t like what they’ve done to Hiro’s character in the opening couple of episodes. Also I think people have a hard time with all the time travel in the show. I’ve always felt the show revolved around Hiro.

    The main power struggle between the Petrellis is interesting. When I watched the first season and we heard about the death of the father, and the fact we never got to meet him, I knew he would be showing up and even said it back then as it was an obvious plot device to use later. I hope this show doesn’t get cancelled in the fall.

    • Pachyuromys
    • 11 years ago

    Who does the artwork for your podcast graphics? Do they do all TR feature article artwork?

      • Cyril
      • 11 years ago

      That would be me.

    • masaki
    • 11 years ago

    I would love to see (listen, right?) consecutive weeks for AMD.

    How can you not be surprised Intel stole the show with Core i7 and then AMD have all the cover for them in one single event. I really didn’t expect that. I expect Core i7 to be the topic for most of November and AMD tries to counter this within December. And they do it to counter both Intel and Nvidia at the same time!

    • Dagwood
    • 11 years ago

    This is only my second Pod cast so my take on it is based on limited information, but Is Cyril doing this in his sleep? The pod cast already has a very verbose format, but Cyrils gravely ahhhhs are hard to listen too.

    • Skrying
    • 11 years ago

    The best show on TV is Dexter. Dexter is by far the best show on TV. Period!!

    Also, great overview of the entire GPGPU situation. Really it’s all been a lot of nothing, we haven’t come very far in years. I’m hoping OpenCL will at least get the movement really going.

      • Prototyped
      • 11 years ago

      Agreed!

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      I’ll 2nd that. Dexter is easily stands out as the only show I actually look forward to.

    • MaxTheLimit
    • 11 years ago

    I like Hulu a lot, and it seems all the good shows are on the site, but most of the good ones are only open to residents of the US. That means us lowly Canadians are left with the stork.

    • Fighterpilot
    • 11 years ago

    Is that the longest front page comment’s post ever?

      • Prototyped
      • 11 years ago

      Pretty sure I’ve done longer in the past. I tend to post as I listen then go back and edit the post to add comments as topics come up in the podcast.

    • toyota
    • 11 years ago

    why dont I get a play button for the podcast in FF? theres nothing there to click on in FF but its there in IE7.

      • Cyril
      • 11 years ago

      I would bet you have a Firefox extension installed that blocks Flash content.

        • toyota
        • 11 years ago

        yep that was it. I didnt realize that I was even running that extension.

    • Prototyped
    • 11 years ago

    [much pedantry and irrelevance redacted]

    Topically, AMD had a presentation at SIGGRAPH g[[6]]g on video encoding using the GPU. It goes into how their Accelerated video Transcoding (or AVT) works with ATI Stream and is worth perusal.

    g[[6]]g §[<http://ati.amd.com/products/firepro/Siggraph_2008_video_encode_final.pdf<]§ [pedantry redacted] *[http://www.randyrants.com/sharpkeys/<]§ *[http://www.politedissent.com/<]§ Edit: Better now?

      • Damage
      • 11 years ago

      Uh, thanks, I think, but you might want to dial back the pedant knob, man. This is just a casual discussion–a podcast, if you will–and we are not especially concerned with communicating every last fact in minute detail.

      Just the degree of detail we’re providing now stretches the limits of the audio format, IMHO.

      Our news items with exact roadmap info and the like are linked in the show notes. Just because we didn’t specify every last bit of detail when speaking doesn’t mean we don’t know or provide it.

        • Prototyped
        • 11 years ago

        Better now? Sorry, I tend to overdo these things sometimes. What can I say, I’m a roadmap geek. :p I meant no disrespect, I know you guys already know all that, given I got the information off the links in /[

      • ssidbroadcast
      • 11 years ago

      TL ; DR .

        • tfp
        • 11 years ago

        see for me it’s TL;DL

          • ssidbroadcast
          • 11 years ago

          Didn’t Look ?

            • tfp
            • 11 years ago

            To Long; Didn’t Listen

            I find reading a post like that takes a lot less time then actually listen to a pod cast. All depends on what you like to do I guess.

            • Prototyped
            • 11 years ago

            I’d love a transcript for that reason (but I know that’s not going to happen).

    • VILLAIN_xx
    • 11 years ago

    WHOA. Scott’s first sentence kind of sounded like Dr Drew from loveline.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 11 years ago

    Concerning House, I asked two doctors (1 from Britian, the other from out west) about the medical “mysteries” that show on House. Although they were hesitant to come out and say it, they alluded that for the most part the symptoms are pretty close, and such diseases are out there. One doctor said what really makes it “unbelievable” is the time frame, saying that often times it would take days/weeks/months for some of these symptoms to show. I responded true enough, but they do have to make the show exciting, and I can live with the “hollywoodizing” of shrinking the time frame down.

    House is a jerk. But it’s really not him I’m interested in, it’s his support staff trying to adjust to him, and his co-worker/boss trying to figure him out. And for this reason, I hope they don’t ever change Houses character, and the producers have shown they are willing to shake the cast up to keep things fresh. I especially loved the first half of season 4 as House was “interviewing” all the new people.

    One great show that I’ve just been introduced to (actually heard about it on one of the TR forum threads) is Chuck. Great show. I’ve already asked for Season 1 to be under the Christmas tree.

    But Top Gear FTW!

      • BobTheBacterium
      • 11 years ago

      My biggest problem with House is when they use techniques like microscopy. They will often put a pathogen under a light microscope, show it on a screen, and magically the image is a false color EM image.

      There was one episode where they were doing histology, and instead of preparing the tissue, and fixing it to the slide, they just put a chunk of muscle on a slide, applied the test, and checked the result.

      • Pax-UX
      • 11 years ago

      I enjoy Chuck, it’s funny show with some good characters. Sometimes its like Baywatch meets Technology.

    • SecretMaster
    • 11 years ago

    I have to vote this as one of the most informative podcasts to date IMO. Lots of “insider” info mentioned. A big thumbs up from me.

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