In a week where the world’s eyes were supposed to be focusing on the exciting new gadgets and technologies coming out at CES 2018, it was news from past technologies that had the world reeling.
When AMD launched the RX Vega 64 and 56 last month, reviewers were impressed by its price-performance and thought that the new GPUs could give NVIDIA a run for its money.
However, it has turned out that the prices were promotional rates with the actual prices around US$100 more. This has drawn the ire of several influential reviewers who felt misled and are considering updating their reviews.
This looks like a PR disaster for a company trying to rise again to compete in the high-end GPU market.
The cloud infrastructure services market is continuing to grow strongly, up 47 percent year on year in Q2 to reach US$14 billion, according to Canalys. Growth was driven by demand for primary cloud infrastructure services, such as on-demand computing and storage, across all customer segments and industries.
However, future growth is expected to be fueled by customers using the artificial intelligence (AI) platforms cloud service providers are building to develop new applications, processes, services, and user experiences.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) maintained its leadership position, growing 42 percent on an annual basis and accounting for more than 30 percent of total spend. But its growth rate was lower than those of its main rivals, Microsoft (up 97 percent growth) and Google (up 92 percent), but higher than fourth-placed IBM (up 23 percent). Overall, the top four cloud services providers represented 55 percent of the cloud infrastructure services market, which includes IaaS and PaaS.
What happened to AMD? Sean Hollister of The Verge asks this pointed question as he analyses development at the chipmaker in recent years.
Fighting the behemoth that is Intel, AMD had done well to carve a niche for itself. It’s not exactly an equal to Intel but still has a noticeable and sizeable presence, attracting a loyal following along the way.
When it acquired ATI, AMD upped the ante and seemed destined to win a bigger market share of the chip market. The graphics technologies gave AMD an edge over Intel and enabled it to develop new products.
However, things don’t seem to pan out as expected. Leadership transitions, layoffs, slow to market, and a dominant Intel stood in the way of growth.
But, all is not lost as AMD is known to be a fighter.