Saturday, October 15th 2016

AMD to Supply Cloud Server Chips to China's Alibaba

In another business-deal-gone-right for Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in chinese soil, the company is now going to provide China's Alibaba giant with server chips with which to power the company's cloud vision. Whilst Alibaba is most commonly known due to its e-commerce activities (through the Aliexpress and Taobao brands), the chinese company is diversifying, even going so far as entering the entertainment space. Now, Alibaba is bidding to carve itself an even larger piece of the cloud market from the likes of Microsoft's Azure and Amazon's Web Services.

The deal was announced this Friday at the Alibaba Computing Conference by Lisa Su (AMD's CEO) and Simon Hu (president of Alibaba Cloud, the chinese giant's cloud computing arm). Through it, AMD will see its Radeon Pro chips supporting and expanding upon the increasingly-in-demand cloud computing capabilities of the chinese company, which already powers around 35% of China's websites.
This is another of AMD's bids on diversifying itself. The Sunnyvale-based chipmaker has become an increasingly major player in the semi-custom business, with its CPUs and GPUs powering current and upcoming consoles from both Microsoft and Sony; supplying semi-custom CPUs to the chinese government; and, more recently, entering the aerospace industry through its parnership with CoreAVI. Though this is decidedly another kind of beast: this time, no investment in semi-custom engineering is needed, which should increase the company's margins.

The news saw AMD's shares jump 5% in pre-market trading on Friday. This is another notch on Lisa Su's and AMD's management belt, after lifting up a struggling company - whose market value hit rock-bottom only last February (at $1.83 a share) towards the current $6.75, a 268% increase. While this by no means guarantees a healthy and competitive AMD, it surely is better than the state the company was in just a few months ago.
Source: Fortune
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13 Comments on AMD to Supply Cloud Server Chips to China's Alibaba

#1
AlienIsGOD
Vanguard Beta Tester
the color of that card in the 1st pic :D :peace::peace: i wish an actual gfx card would come in this blue scheme (reference cooler i mean)
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FR@NK
AlienIsGOD
i wish an actual gfx card would come in this blue scheme
The actual card doesnt look as nice:

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#3
natr0n
This is funny I'm just browsing ali express and come here see this.
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#4
owen10578
FR@NK
The actual card doesnt look as nice:


That's because that's not the same model
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FR@NK
owen10578
That's because that's not the same model
Sure it is! Don't be silly!

I guess it could look alright in some weird color schemed cases.

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#6
ColdRush
FR@NK
Sure it is! Don't be silly!

I guess it could look alright in some weird color schemed cases.


Looks like the Grabber Blue Mustang color
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#8
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
Oh so they can sell you a single slot card for a workstation, but god forbid someone sells one for consumer cards.
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FR@NK
owen10578
uhh no dude...it's this
Thats a computer rendered pictured....

The wx7100 looks more like this:



Which I do agree it looks closer to the computer generated picture in the news post.

The whole point of my post was that the blue color looks awesome in the marketing material, but the actual blue cards just look like meh.
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owen10578
FR@NK
Thats a computer rendered pictured....

The wx7100 looks more like this:



Which I do agree it looks closer to the computer generated picture in the news post.

The whole point of my post was that the blue color looks awesome in the marketing material, but the actual blue cards just look like meh.
Oh well yeah I meant the cards were different. I can see how in real life the color looks like crap though :laugh:
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#12
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Aww I thought it would be something about server Zen.
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#13
Jism
cdawall
Oh so they can sell you a single slot card for a workstation, but god forbid someone sells one for consumer cards.
You can buy one, attempt to flash it towards consumer / desktop graphics card. Or buy a cooler from Ebay thats simular to a Radeon pro card.

Technically; this is good news for AMD. keep pushing chips = $
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