AMD Radeon‚ĄĘ GPUs and Developer Tools Tapped for New Generation Gaming Platform, Google Stadia

Cloud-opti­mi­zed AMD dat­a­cen­ter GPUs and robust soft­ware tools enable deve­lo­pers to crea­te excep­tio­nal, sca­lable, high-per­for­mance game strea­ming experiences

San Fran¬≠cis¬≠co, Calif.


Buil¬≠ding on a clo¬≠se, long-term col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on bet¬≠ween the two com¬≠pa¬≠nies, AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announ¬≠ced that Goog¬≠le sel¬≠ec¬≠ted high-per¬≠for¬≠mance, cus¬≠tom AMD Rade¬≠on dat¬≠a¬≠cen¬≠ter GPUs for its Vul¬≠kan¬ģ and Linux¬ģ-based Goog¬≠le Sta¬≠dia. Goog¬≠le announ¬≠ced the plat¬≠form today at the Game Deve¬≠lo¬≠pers Con¬≠fe¬≠rence (GDC) in San Fran¬≠cis¬≠co, Calif. AMD also is sup¬≠port¬≠ing Goog¬≠le with its soft¬≠ware deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment tools and Linux-based, open-source Vul¬≠kan dri¬≠ver to help game deve¬≠lo¬≠pers opti¬≠mi¬≠ze future titles to run on the new GPU-powered platform.

‚ÄúBy com¬≠bi¬≠ning our gam¬≠ing DNA and dat¬≠a¬≠cen¬≠ter tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy lea¬≠der¬≠ship with a long-stan¬≠ding com¬≠mit¬≠ment to open plat¬≠forms, AMD pro¬≠vi¬≠des uni¬≠que tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies and exper¬≠ti¬≠se to enable world-class cloud gam¬≠ing expe¬≠ri¬≠en¬≠ces,‚ÄĚ said Ogi Brkic, cor¬≠po¬≠ra¬≠te vice pre¬≠si¬≠dent and gene¬≠ral mana¬≠ger of the Dat¬≠a¬≠cen¬≠ter GPU Busi¬≠ness Unit at AMD. ‚ÄúAMD is deligh¬≠ted to work with Goog¬≠le in its effort to bring ama¬≠zing gam¬≠ing expe¬≠ri¬≠en¬≠ces to legi¬≠ons of gamers around the world with the relia¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty and no-com¬≠pro¬≠mi¬≠ses per¬≠for¬≠mance they expect.‚ÄĚ 

‚ÄúWe‚Äôve work¬≠ed clo¬≠se¬≠ly with AMD for years on this pro¬≠ject, lea¬≠ding to the deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment of a cus¬≠tom GPU with lea¬≠ding-edge fea¬≠tures and per¬≠for¬≠mance for Goog¬≠le Sta¬≠dia,‚ÄĚ said Dov Zim¬≠ring, Goog¬≠le Sta¬≠dia deve¬≠lo¬≠per plat¬≠form pro¬≠duct lead. ‚ÄúGoog¬≠le and AMD share a com¬≠mit¬≠ment to open-source with exper¬≠ti¬≠se in Vul¬≠kan, open-source Vul¬≠kan GPU dri¬≠vers, and open-source gra¬≠phics opti¬≠miza¬≠ti¬≠on tools. We‚Äôre hum¬≠bled by the spi¬≠rit of inno¬≠va¬≠ti¬≠on and col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on that exists throug¬≠hout the gam¬≠ing indus¬≠try and look for¬≠ward to pio¬≠nee¬≠ring the future of gra¬≠phics tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy with game deve¬≠lo¬≠pers, in open-source.‚ÄĚ

High-performance AMD Datacenter GPUs

Strea­ming gra­phics-rich games to mil­li­ons of users on demand and from the cloud requi­res ultra high-per­for­mance pro­ces­sing capa­bi­li­ties to mini­mi­ze laten­cy and maxi­mi­ze game per­for­mance. It also requi­res advan­ced tech­no­lo­gies to tack­le uni­que dat­a­cen­ter chal­lenges, inclu­ding secu­ri­ty, mana­gea­bi­li­ty, and scalability.

Cus­tom AMD high-per­for­mance Rade­on dat­a­cen­ter GPUs for Goog­le Sta­dia include:

  • Second-gene¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on High-Band¬≠width Memo¬≠ry (HBM2) to pro¬≠vi¬≠de power savings in a com¬≠pact footprint;
  • Cri¬≠ti¬≠cal dat¬≠a¬≠cen¬≠ter fea¬≠tures such as Error Cor¬≠rec¬≠ting Code (ECC)1 pro¬≠tec¬≠tion to help ensu¬≠re data integrity;
  • Fast, pre¬≠dic¬≠ta¬≠ble per¬≠for¬≠mance with secu¬≠ri¬≠ty fea¬≠tures for cloud-based gam¬≠ing, via the industry‚Äôs first hard¬≠ware-based GPU vir¬≠tua¬≠liza¬≠ti¬≠on solu¬≠ti¬≠on built on indus¬≠try stan¬≠dard SR-IOV (Sin¬≠gle-Root I/O Vir¬≠tua¬≠liza¬≠ti¬≠on) technology.

The AMD gra¬≠phics archi¬≠tec¬≠tu¬≠re sup¬≠ports a wide ran¬≠ge of today‚Äôs gam¬≠ing plat¬≠forms ‚Äď from PCs to major game con¬≠so¬≠les ‚Äď enab¬≠ling deve¬≠lo¬≠pers to opti¬≠mi¬≠ze their games for a sin¬≠gle GPU archi¬≠tec¬≠tu¬≠re and extend the¬≠se bene¬≠fits across mul¬≠ti¬≠ple plat¬≠forms which now include lar¬≠ge-sca¬≠le cloud gam¬≠ing platforms.

Robust Developer Tools 

Powerful AMD soft¬≠ware tools enable deve¬≠lo¬≠pers to opti¬≠mi¬≠ze their games and other appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons for AMD Rade¬≠on GPUs. AMD empowers deve¬≠lo¬≠pers with a ran¬≠ge of opti¬≠ons and broad fle¬≠xi¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty to opti¬≠mi¬≠ze the per¬≠for¬≠mance of GPU-based appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons based on a long-stan¬≠ding com¬≠mit¬≠ment to open-source plat¬≠forms, inclu¬≠ding Linux-based dri¬≠vers and sup¬≠port for the low-level Vul¬≠kan API that pro¬≠vi¬≠de broad con¬≠trol over the per¬≠for¬≠mance, effi¬≠ci¬≠en¬≠cy and capa¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ties of AMD Rade¬≠on GPUs.

The open-source AMD Linux dri¬≠vers allow Goog¬≠le and its deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment part¬≠ners to inspect the code and under¬≠stand exact¬≠ly how the dri¬≠ver works, enab¬≠ling them to bet¬≠ter opti¬≠mi¬≠ze their appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons to inter¬≠face with AMD Rade¬≠on GPUs. The dri¬≠ver also con¬≠ta¬≠ins an appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠on tra¬≠cing com¬≠po¬≠nent that, tog¬≠e¬≠ther with the AMD Rade¬≠on GPU Pro¬≠fi¬≠ler (RGP), pro¬≠vi¬≠des access to detail¬≠ed, low-level infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on about how workloads run on AMD Rade¬≠on GPUs. Iden¬≠ti¬≠fy¬≠ing timing issues that might sug¬≠gest poten¬≠ti¬≠al opti¬≠miza¬≠ti¬≠ons, this capa¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty dra¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠cal¬≠ly impro¬≠ves deve¬≠lo¬≠pers‚Äô abili¬≠ty to crea¬≠te appli¬≠ca¬≠ti¬≠ons that deli¬≠ver the best pos¬≠si¬≠ble per¬≠for¬≠mance on AMD Rade¬≠on GPUs.

The AMD Rade­on GPU Pro­fi­ler allows game deve­lo­pers to visua­li­ze exact­ly how their appli­ca­ti­on is uti­li­zing the GPU, inclu­ding how gra­phics and com­pu­te thread groups occu­py the GPU. Deve­lo­pers are then able to track event timing and opti­mi­ze their games for Goog­le Sta­dia. RGP also inter­ope­ra­tes with the popu­lar open-source Ren­der­Doc gra­phics debug­ging tool to give deve­lo­pers deeper real-time insights into the ren­de­ring of each frame, redu­cing the time requi­red to debug and pro­fi­le frames during the deve­lo­p­ment process.

RGP ope­ra­tes the same way in a vir­tua­li­zed envi­ron­ment as it does when run­ning on a dedi­ca­ted PC cli­ent, making it easy for deve­lo­pers to opti­mi­ze their appli­ca­ti­ons for vir­tua­li­zed GPUs in lar­ge sca­le envi­ron­ments as they would for any other gam­ing platform.

For more infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on about the Sta¬≠dia game strea¬≠ming plat¬≠form, visit the Goog¬≠le blog here.

Supporting Resources

  • Learn more about AMD cloud gam¬≠ing solu¬≠ti¬≠ons here
  • Learn more about Rade¬≠on GPU Pro¬≠fi¬≠ler here
  • Learn more about Ren¬≠der¬≠Doc here
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  • Fol¬≠low AMD on Twit¬≠ter
  • Fol¬≠low Rade¬≠on‚ĄĘ gra¬≠phics on Twit¬≠ter

About AMD

For 50 years AMD has dri¬≠ven inno¬≠va¬≠ti¬≠on in high-per¬≠for¬≠mance com¬≠pu¬≠ting, gra¬≠phics and visua¬≠liza¬≠ti¬≠on tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies ‚Äē the buil¬≠ding blocks for gam¬≠ing, immersi¬≠ve plat¬≠forms and the dat¬≠a¬≠cen¬≠ter. Hundreds of mil¬≠li¬≠ons of con¬≠su¬≠mers, lea¬≠ding For¬≠tu¬≠ne 500 busi¬≠nesses and cut¬≠ting-edge sci¬≠en¬≠ti¬≠fic rese¬≠arch faci¬≠li¬≠ties around the world rely on AMD tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy dai¬≠ly to impro¬≠ve how they live, work and play. AMD employees around the world are focu¬≠sed on buil¬≠ding gre¬≠at pro¬≠ducts that push the boun¬≠da¬≠ries of what is pos¬≠si¬≠ble. For more infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on about how AMD is enab¬≠ling today and inspi¬≠ring tomor¬≠row, visit the AMD (NASDAQ: AMDweb¬≠siteblogFace¬≠book and Twit¬≠ter pages.

Cautionary Statement

This press release con¬≠ta¬≠ins for¬≠ward-loo¬≠king state¬≠ments con¬≠cer¬≠ning Advan¬≠ced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) inclu¬≠ding the fea¬≠tures, func¬≠tion¬≠a¬≠li¬≠ty, avai¬≠la¬≠bi¬≠li¬≠ty, timing, deploy¬≠ment, bene¬≠fits and expec¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons of AMD future pro¬≠ducts and the expec¬≠ted bene¬≠fits of AMD‚Äôs col¬≠la¬≠bo¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠on with Goog¬≠le, which are made pur¬≠su¬≠ant to the Safe Har¬≠bor pro¬≠vi¬≠si¬≠ons of the Pri¬≠va¬≠te Secu¬≠ri¬≠ties Liti¬≠ga¬≠ti¬≠on Reform Act of 1995. For¬≠ward-loo¬≠king state¬≠ments are com¬≠mon¬≠ly iden¬≠ti¬≠fied by words such as ‚Äúwould,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúintends,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúbelie¬≠ves,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúexpects,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúmay,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúwill,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúshould,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúseeks,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúintends,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúplans,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúpro for¬≠ma,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúesti¬≠ma¬≠tes,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúanti¬≠ci¬≠pa¬≠tes,‚ÄĚ or the nega¬≠ti¬≠ve of the¬≠se words and phra¬≠ses, other varia¬≠ti¬≠ons of the¬≠se words and phra¬≠ses or com¬≠pa¬≠ra¬≠ble ter¬≠mi¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy. Inves¬≠tors are cau¬≠tio¬≠ned that the for¬≠ward-loo¬≠king state¬≠ments in this docu¬≠ment are based on cur¬≠rent beliefs, assump¬≠ti¬≠ons and expec¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons, speak only as of the date of this docu¬≠ment and invol¬≠ve risks and uncer¬≠tain¬≠ties that could cau¬≠se actu¬≠al results to dif¬≠fer mate¬≠ri¬≠al¬≠ly from cur¬≠rent expec¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons. Such state¬≠ments are sub¬≠ject to cer¬≠tain known and unknown risks and uncer¬≠tain¬≠ties, many of which are dif¬≠fi¬≠cult to pre¬≠dict and gene¬≠ral¬≠ly bey¬≠ond AMD‚Äôs con¬≠trol, that could cau¬≠se actu¬≠al results and other future events to dif¬≠fer mate¬≠ri¬≠al¬≠ly from tho¬≠se expres¬≠sed in, or impli¬≠ed or pro¬≠jec¬≠ted by, the for¬≠ward-loo¬≠king infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on and state¬≠ments. Mate¬≠ri¬≠al fac¬≠tors that could cau¬≠se actu¬≠al results to dif¬≠fer mate¬≠ri¬≠al¬≠ly from cur¬≠rent expec¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠ons include, wit¬≠hout limi¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on, the fol¬≠lo¬≠wing: Intel Corporation‚Äôs domi¬≠nan¬≠ce of the micro¬≠pro¬≠ces¬≠sor mar¬≠ket and its aggres¬≠si¬≠ve busi¬≠ness prac¬≠ti¬≠ces may limit AMD‚Äôs abili¬≠ty to com¬≠pe¬≠te effec¬≠tively; AMD has a wafer sup¬≠p¬≠ly agree¬≠ment with GF with obli¬≠ga¬≠ti¬≠ons to purcha¬≠se all of its micro¬≠pro¬≠ces¬≠sor and APU pro¬≠duct requi¬≠re¬≠ments, and a cer¬≠tain por¬≠ti¬≠on of its GPU pro¬≠duct requi¬≠re¬≠ments, from GLOBALFOUNDRIES Inc. (GF) with limi¬≠t¬≠ed excep¬≠ti¬≠ons. If GF is not able to satis¬≠fy AMD‚Äôs manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠ring requi¬≠re¬≠ments, its busi¬≠ness could be adver¬≠se¬≠ly impac¬≠ted; AMD reli¬≠es on third par¬≠ties to manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠re its pro¬≠ducts, and if they are unable to do so on a time¬≠ly basis in suf¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠ent quan¬≠ti¬≠ties and using com¬≠pe¬≠ti¬≠ti¬≠ve tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gies, AMD‚Äôs busi¬≠ness could be mate¬≠ri¬≠al¬≠ly adver¬≠se¬≠ly affec¬≠ted; fail¬≠ure to achie¬≠ve expec¬≠ted manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠ring yields for AMD‚Äôs pro¬≠ducts could nega¬≠tively impact its finan¬≠cial results; the suc¬≠cess of AMD‚Äôs busi¬≠ness is depen¬≠dent upon its abili¬≠ty to intro¬≠du¬≠ce pro¬≠ducts on a time¬≠ly basis with fea¬≠tures and per¬≠for¬≠mance levels that pro¬≠vi¬≠de value to its cus¬≠to¬≠mers while sup¬≠port¬≠ing and coin¬≠ci¬≠ding with signi¬≠fi¬≠cant indus¬≠try tran¬≠si¬≠ti¬≠ons; if AMD can¬≠not gene¬≠ra¬≠te suf¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠ent reve¬≠nue and ope¬≠ra¬≠ting cash flow or obtain exter¬≠nal finan¬≠cing, it may face a cash short¬≠fall and be unable to make all of its plan¬≠ned invest¬≠ments in rese¬≠arch and deve¬≠lo¬≠p¬≠ment or other stra¬≠te¬≠gic invest¬≠ments; the loss of a signi¬≠fi¬≠cant cus¬≠to¬≠mer may have a mate¬≠ri¬≠al adver¬≠se effect on AMD; AMD‚Äôs receipt of reve¬≠nue from its semi-cus¬≠tom SoC pro¬≠ducts is depen¬≠dent upon its tech¬≠no¬≠lo¬≠gy being desi¬≠gned into third-par¬≠ty pro¬≠ducts and the suc¬≠cess of tho¬≠se pro¬≠ducts; AMD pro¬≠ducts may be sub¬≠ject to secu¬≠ri¬≠ty vul¬≠nerabi¬≠li¬≠ties that could have a mate¬≠ri¬≠al adver¬≠se effect on AMD; data brea¬≠ches and cyber-attacks could com¬≠pro¬≠mi¬≠se AMD‚Äôs intellec¬≠tu¬≠al pro¬≠per¬≠ty or other sen¬≠si¬≠ti¬≠ve infor¬≠ma¬≠ti¬≠on, be cos¬≠t¬≠ly to reme¬≠dia¬≠te and cau¬≠se signi¬≠fi¬≠cant dama¬≠ge to its busi¬≠ness and repu¬≠ta¬≠ti¬≠on; AMD‚Äôs ope¬≠ra¬≠ting results are sub¬≠ject to quar¬≠ter¬≠ly and sea¬≠so¬≠nal sales pat¬≠terns; glo¬≠bal eco¬≠no¬≠mic uncer¬≠tain¬≠ty may adver¬≠se¬≠ly impact AMD‚Äôs busi¬≠ness and ope¬≠ra¬≠ting results; AMD may not be able to gene¬≠ra¬≠te suf¬≠fi¬≠ci¬≠ent cash to ser¬≠vice its debt obli¬≠ga¬≠ti¬≠ons or meet its working capi¬≠tal requi¬≠re¬≠ments; AMD has a lar¬≠ge amount of indeb¬≠ted¬≠ness which could adver¬≠se¬≠ly affect its finan¬≠cial posi¬≠ti¬≠on and pre¬≠vent it from imple¬≠men¬≠ting its stra¬≠tegy or ful¬≠fil¬≠ling its con¬≠trac¬≠tu¬≠al obli¬≠ga¬≠ti¬≠ons; the agree¬≠ments gover¬≠ning AMD‚Äôs notes and the Secu¬≠red Revol¬≠ving Line of Cre¬≠dit impo¬≠se rest¬≠ric¬≠tions on AMD that may adver¬≠se¬≠ly affect its abili¬≠ty to ope¬≠ra¬≠te its busi¬≠ness; the mar¬≠kets in which AMD‚Äôs pro¬≠ducts are sold are high¬≠ly com¬≠pe¬≠ti¬≠ti¬≠ve; AMD‚Äôs issu¬≠an¬≠ce to West Coast Hitech L.P. (WCH) of war¬≠rants to purcha¬≠se 75 mil¬≠li¬≠on shares of its com¬≠mon stock, if and when exer¬≠cis¬≠ed, will dilute the owner¬≠ship inte¬≠rests of its exis¬≠ting stock¬≠hol¬≠ders, and the con¬≠ver¬≠si¬≠on of the 2.125% Con¬≠ver¬≠ti¬≠ble Seni¬≠or Notes due 2026 may dilute the owner¬≠ship inte¬≠rest of its exis¬≠ting stock¬≠hol¬≠ders, or may other¬≠wi¬≠se depress the pri¬≠ce of its com¬≠mon stock; uncer¬≠tain¬≠ties invol¬≠ving the orde¬≠ring and ship¬≠ment of AMD‚Äôs pro¬≠ducts could mate¬≠ri¬≠al¬≠ly adver¬≠se¬≠ly affect it; the demand for AMD‚Äôs pro¬≠ducts depends in part on the mar¬≠ket con¬≠di¬≠ti¬≠ons in the indus¬≠tries into which they are sold. Fluc¬≠tua¬≠tions in demand for AMD‚Äôs pro¬≠ducts or a mar¬≠ket decli¬≠ne in any of the¬≠se indus¬≠tries could have a mate¬≠ri¬≠al adver¬≠se effect on its results of ope¬≠ra¬≠ti¬≠ons; AMD‚Äôs abili¬≠ty to design and intro¬≠du¬≠ce new pro¬≠ducts in a time¬≠ly man¬≠ner is depen¬≠dent upon third-par¬≠ty intellec¬≠tu¬≠al pro¬≠per¬≠ty; AMD depends on third-par¬≠ty com¬≠pa¬≠nies for the design, manu¬≠fac¬≠tu¬≠re and sup¬≠p¬≠ly of mother¬≠boards, soft¬≠ware and other com¬≠pu¬≠ter plat¬≠form com¬≠pon¬≠ents to sup¬≠port its busi¬≠ness; if AMD loses Micro¬≠soft Corporation‚Äôs sup¬≠port for its pro¬≠ducts or other soft¬≠ware ven¬≠dors do not design and deve¬≠lop soft¬≠ware to run on AMD‚Äôs pro¬≠ducts, its abili¬≠ty to sell its pro¬≠ducts could be mate¬≠ri¬≠al¬≠ly adver¬≠se¬≠ly affec¬≠ted; and AMD‚Äôs reli¬≠ance on third-par¬≠ty dis¬≠tri¬≠bu¬≠tors and AIB part¬≠ners sub¬≠jects it to cer¬≠tain risks.  Inves¬≠tors are urged to review in detail the risks and uncer¬≠tain¬≠ties in AMD‚Äôs Secu¬≠ri¬≠ties and Exch¬≠an¬≠ge Com¬≠mis¬≠si¬≠on filings, inclu¬≠ding but not limi¬≠t¬≠ed to AMD‚Äôs Annu¬≠al Report on Form 10‚ÄĎK for the year ended Decem¬≠ber 29, 2018.

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  1. ECC sup­port is limi­t­ed to the HBM2 memo­ry and ECC pro­tec­tion is not pro­vi­ded for inter­nal GPU structures.