If you are reading this text on a media tablet right now I bet you are doing just fine with the experience. But say once you are done you decide you want to do something a little more visually intensive, like watch a movie in HD, or that you have time to do some quick work on the presentation you are giving next week at work? AMD recently polled its Facebook fans and found that people who want their tablet to do more outnumbered those who are satisfied with what they have 2-to-1. Funny thing is: It can! Since we announced the AMD Z-60 APU late last year, AMD has found a home in performance tablets from Fujitsu and Vizio that deliver an uncompromised experience in a thin tablet with excellent battery life. And we aren’t done yet; at CES in January AMD demonstrated our upcoming APU codenamed “Temash”, including 3D gaming on some top titles. This is the first quad-core x86, system-on-chip (SoC) and is expected to deliver twice the graphics performance of the Z-60 APU.1 To get our story out, for the first time in a number of years, AMD is putting itself front in center at the mammoth Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain this week to remind the market of what we can do. At our booth in Hall 7, we will demonstrate a number of compelling designs and usage scenarios that show what performance tablet and hybrid PCs can deliver. I expect we will surprise a lot of people and I’m really looking forward to being in the booth with all our demo systems to spread the word. The hybrid PC design is generating a lot of interest in the Windows 8 market for the flexibility it gives the user to choose between a tablet and a full featured clamshell notebook by simply connecting the tablet to its keyboard base.
AMD is paying particular attention to the hybrid PC at Mobile World Congress following the announcement of AMD Turbo Dock technology on February 20th. This new innovation delivers uncompromised mobile hybrid PC experiences in either operating mode. AMD Turbo Dock technology automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and being used for more complex tasks like content creation.2 Likewise, AMD Turbo Dock technology is designed to lower power consumption when in tablet mode, helping to save battery life and extend movie or video watching, as well as web browsing time. In engineering speak, AMD Turbo Dock technology is delivered through “dynamic TDP” that lets the processor automatically adjust its top frequency to the scenario in which it is operating. Another example of AMD innovation being alive and well! By focusing its energy on delivering a full-featured PC experience on tablets and hybrid PCs, AMD believes it can bring consumers what they want from their Windows 8 experience and grow the market at the same time through a new category of mobile computing. Steve Belt is Corporate Vice President, Ultra Low Power Products. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites are provided for convenience and unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such linked sites and no endorsement is implied.1 Test conducted in AMD Performance Labs using FutureMark 3DMark Vantage P as a metric for GPU performance and PC Mark Vantage as a metric for CPU performance. The AMD Z-60 APU-based system scored 455 and 1914 in 3DMark and PCMark respectively. The AMD A6-1450 APU-based system delivers scores of 981 and 3123 in 3DMark and PCMark respectively. The platforms tested were the AMD Z-60 APU with AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics, 2x 2GB DDR3-1066, Microsoft Windows 7 and the “Larne” reference platform with an AMD A6-1450 Quad Core 1.0GHz APU, AMD Radeon™ HD 8280 series graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 system memory and Microsoft Windows 7. TEM-2 2 AMD Turbo Dock technology allows a tablet device to boost its performance when connected with a compatible base unit. AMD Turbo Dock-compatible base units provide supplemental APU cooling beyond what is available solely in the slate. Actual performance increases using AMD Turbo Dock technology will vary based on the manufacturer's tablet, base unit and supplemental cooling solution design. AMD Turbo Dock technology is currently available only on the 2013 AMD A6-1450 APU, and is not available on all tablet models - check with the manufacturer for specific models that support this feature.
In addition to upgrading your smartphone, see what amazing tech you will be getting when upgrading to an AMD A-Series powered Windows 8 laptopI love smartphones and tablets. Their innovation has made as much of a mark on the early 21st century as laptops did late in the 20th century. There is no question that smartphones and tablets are enjoying an amazing ride, and for a good reason. They merge a lot of functionality in one – a phone, GPS, a camera and a whole lot of other things, including entertainment, and make it really simple for users to do bite size transactions on a whim. I still strongly believe in the need for a PC, however. We live in a multi-device world where we use different screen sizes for different purposes, as each of those screen sizes best serves a specific need. We use smartphones to feel connected all the time, tablets to have access to a suite of on-demand entertainment, and TV for passive entertainment. I have many friends who are likely going to upgrade their smartphone soon. But there has never been a holiday tech shopping season quite like the one ahead for 2012: there is an amazing array of new technologies and capabilities even in the more established product categories like notebooks. Against a crowded list of new comer devices, it is easy to forget what an incredible device the notebook PC is today. It is the only device that lets us freely consume AND create content, all at an affordable price, with a remarkable set of software programs, peripherals and compatibility. I use my smartphone to take pictures and videos, but use my laptop to edit and watch them. If I have a choice of typing an email on my smartphone or my laptop, I would much rather do it on my laptop – it’s just faster and more comfortable. In addition to this, the PCs are evolving with Windows 8 to bring customers familiar smartphone features like touch screens, apps, instant-on activation, long battery life, and a whole lot of simplicity. Not to mention even more GPU acceleration than ever. I have been hearing a lot of talk about how smartphones are eating into PC sales and how people will not need PCs because smartphones now have enough computing power for all our needs. In my opinion, that belief is misguided given the different purposes they serve. To that end, I put together this technology comparison chart that shows the difference between the latest smartphones and the latest AMD based laptops in terms of computing power, screen size, connectivity, storage space and price. As a bonus, my attempt at a list of 10 reasons why someone should buy an “old fashioned” notebook in addition to upgrading their smartphone. You might find it entertaining and educational at the same time.
Infographic: Top Ten List
Infographic: Smartphone / Notebook Feature Comparison
Sasa Marinkovic is the Sr. Manager, Technical Marketing at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.
Today marks the general availability (GA) of Windows 8 and a significant milestone for Microsoft. At AMD, we are excited about the opportunity for AMD-powered devices with Windows 8 to hit store shelves and delight customers with a new, rich visual experience. Breadth of Platforms With more than 125 design wins for Windows 8 powered by AMD GPUs, APUs and CPUs, there’s something for everybody with our latest portfolio of platforms. From our recently announced AMD Z-60 APU designed for tablets and convertibles to the new AMD FX processors, there is a more diverse range of Windows®- based devices than ever before powered by AMD. Whether you prefer a tablet, notebook, traditional desktop or all-in-one, one thing is consistent across all AMD platforms…a focus on powering a great user experience. Let’s dig into some of the differentiating features of AMD platforms with Windows 8. AMD Radeon™ Graphics As Microsoft points out, Windows 8 is inherently hardware accelerated and really leveraging the graphics capabilities of the system more than ever before. AMD Radeon™ graphics are central to the AMD value proposition of driving an immersive visual experience across the range of devices that we power. There are a ton of new Windows 8 graphics features we are supporting across our DirectX 11-based APUs and GPUs, including smooth rotation, stereoscopic 3D, and Direct3D 11 video to name a few. AMD was also the first to ship DirectX 11.1 compliant hardware, the GCN-based AMD Radeon™ HD 7700, HD 7800 and HD 7900 cards, for full support of Windows 8 graphics features.AMD Start Now Technology Some consumers will be shocked at how fast AMD-based Windows 8 devices boot up, shutdown and resume from sleep. Microsoft outlined the work they did with the fast startup feature, but there was also hundreds of engineering hours AMD put in to further optimize around these scenarios for Windows 8. Optimizations went into our reference UEFI BIOS, minimizing the impact of our graphics drivers during the boot phase and helping reduce the time it takes to connect to a network. In our labs, we are down to an average boot time of around 8 seconds with our second generation A-Series reference platforms codenamed “Trinity” configured with SSD drives and Windows 8 fast startup. AMD Eyefinity Technology We love our multi-monitor setups at AMD. We invented the single-large-surface technology to solve a real problem: full-screen DirectX games only played on one monitor. Clearly, if you had multiple monitors, it was a waste of perfectly good pixels. AMD Eyefinity technology fixes this. With AMD Eyefinity, games can play across up to six monitors at incredible resolutions. We’ve even demoed 24 monitors being driven by a single PC. We’ve since brought this award-winning technology to our AMD A-Series APUs and are developing solutions around DisplayPort for consumers to connect to multiple monitors from AMD A-Series APU based notebooks. With Windows 8, consumers can have the same AMD Eyefinity experience with the new Windows 8 Start Screen and Windows Store apps. Because the Windows 8 UI is built on top of DirectX, it works with AMD Eyefinity just like games. For example, here is the Windows 8 Maps app on a 3-monitor setup with and without AMD Eyefinity. Without AMD Eyefinity (app displays on one monitor only)*
With AMD Eyefinity (app displays across all available monitors)*
64-bit Processors It wasn’t too long ago that AMD invented the 64-bit extension to x86 processors that is now the standard across PCs worldwide. AMD’s 64-bit technology continues to provide the foundation for AMD APUs and CPUs to deliver performance and compatibility with both the 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 8 and the millions of existing Windows apps in addition to new Windows Store apps. And for enterprises and developers who want to take advantage of client virtualization, the entire range of AMD APUs support Hyper-V with Windows 8. AMD AppZone AMD has been leading the industry toward the next generation of app performance with AMD App Acceleration on the path to full heterogeneous computing with HSA. We’ve created AMD AppZone as the one-stop-shop to find accelerated games and apps designed to run great on AMD platforms. We’ll highlight popular Gaming Evolved titles, “performance” Windows apps, new Windows Store apps and even Android apps via our collaboration with BlueStacks. Well, what are you waiting for? Time to head out to the nearest retailer and check out some new systems on the shelves. Would love to hear your thoughts…you know what to do. Gabe Gravning is a head of app ecosystem marketing at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied. *Screenshot only. Bezel not shown.
The demand for online video content continues with the explosion of online video calling, millions of video uploads, downloads and views and a growing demand for 3D and HD Internet video content. With this growth, it’s clear that people are innovating and driving the next wave of computing to create an even closer personal connection with one another through more realistic and vivid visual experiences. AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) both anticipate and enable the outstanding high-definition experience desired and expected by tech enthusiasts and everyday consumers alike. With the ability to handle the demanding workloads in our visually rich lives, APUs are redefining the computing landscape. And, as the software industry embraces APUs with a growing number of applications – like MotionDSP vReveal – you are even more empowered to achieve a phenomenal experience and virtually endless possibilities. As applications continue to be optimized for APUs, users can potentially see increased performance for certain applications through monthly updates to our AMD VISION Engine. If you are looking for a new notebook or desktop, an APU-powered system is the way to go and we’ve “pinned” nine of the coolest systems on the market in our new AMD APU-powered Laptops & Desktops Pinterest board. Each laptop and desktop links back to one of our technology partner sites to make it easy for you to find more information on (and buy) the product. Here’s a list of products you’ll find on our Pinterest page:
We first launched our AMD Pinterest page in November 2011. Along with our top APU-powered products on Pinterest, you’ll also find some of our favorite tech accessories, including headphones, laptop bags and cases, random gadgets and more. We’d love to hear what (p)inspires you! Leslie Sobon is the Corporate Vice President, Desktop Product Line Management. Her postings are her own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.
I love maps. I could spend hours exploring where I’ve been and where I’d like to go. It’s fun to switch between map view, satellite view and then “drive around” exploring places in street view. Sometimes I use Google Maps in the browser, sometimes I use Google Earth on my desktop. In the past, there’s always been a big performance difference between the “desktop” experience and the “browser” experience. Those lines are beginning to blur, thanks in large part to new standards like WebGL that provide web developers more direct access to the amazing graphics capabilities in modern PCs, like those powered by AMD Radeon™ HD discrete and APU graphics. That’s why I’m excited about the Google MapsGL announcement. Google MapsGL brings the power of hardware accelerated 3D graphics to Google Maps, providing a better maps experience with smoother transitions, 3D building and ability to “swoop” into Street View without a plug-in. Here’s a screenshot from my HP Pavilion dm1z powered by the AMD E-350 APU, which has fantastic graphics for such a thin and light notebook…perfect for the new hardware acceleration in Google MapsGL.
Also, check out the MapsGL video posted by Google. One thing is clear -- hardware acceleration is no longer for niche applications. It is used by so many of today’s most popular applications. It can help improve the speed and experience of your favorite software, from browsers to video editing to productivity apps. I look forward to spending countless more hours roaming the Earth…just a little faster now. And with plenty of legroom. Where would you like to see hardware acceleration applied next? Gabe Gravning is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.
During the Apple WWDC, I was really struck at just how many features were added into iOS 5 and just how few new features had been added to Lion. Don’t get me wrong here, I like Lion a lot but after using many of the 250 new features, few altered how or what someone can do with a computer or already to with a tablet. The one exception was AirDrop, which makes peer-to-peer sharing easier. Also, many of the iOS features seemed like desktop features, and the new Lion features appeared to make it look more like iOS features. Let’s take a look.
New Desktop-Like Features in iOS 5:
New iOS-Like Features in Lion:
So What? Why Should We Care?
So what does this mean, if anything? It is too early to tell, but it could signal a few alternative scenarios:
Where We Go From Here
We will all get a front row seat next year to see how users react to one interface on three platforms. Windows 8 will test this next year and Metro UI will be on phones, tablets and PCs. The only caveat here is the Windows 8 desktop app for traditional desktop which will server as a release valve for angst and a bridge to the future. Whatever the future holds, it will be interesting.
Pat Moorhead is Corporate Vice President and Corporate Marketing Fellow and a Member of the Office of Strategy at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied
So why aren't non-iPad tablets selling as well as the iPad? I read a very interesting article Wednesday from James Kendrick at ZD Net. His contention is that one of the biggest issues is competing with Apple's "consistent marketing experience". I agree that's a big issue, but I think there's an even more basic core issue here and it starts with risk, considered purchase process, influencers and the product experience. Tablets are a Risky and “Considered” Consumer Purchase Consumers, regardless of demographics and psychographics, share some common behaviors. When they are posed with a risky, considered purchase, they are looking for reasons to reject products and not look past their warts. And tablets are a risky, considered purchase. For a time, tablets started at $499, well above the starting prices of a notebook, desktop, or smartphone. Tablets don't run programs or content like the PC that consumers are familiar with. And they are very fragile when compared to other devices. Consumers Research to Mitigate Risk As I said above, when posed with an expensive, risky purchase, it is "considered", meaning they will research it or find a brand which "buffers" the risk. By researching it, I don't mean doing a master’s thesis. I mean doing a few web searches, going to a recommended tech site, asking a few "geek" friends and tossing a few questions out on Twitter or Facebook. What consumers heard back were some positive and some negative things about non-iPads. Even more importantly though, is that very few if any negatives ever came back from their iPad research. Worst thing you might hear back about the iPad is that it doesn't run Flash, it doesn't have SD memory upgrade, and it's expensive. So was it some conspiracy that the negative things were being said or were they just the facts of what actually shipped at launch? The fact is, the clear majority of non-iPad tablets at their launch suffered from many issues as it related to the iPad, which established the bar of a successful tablet. Tablets Lacked Convenient, Paid Content at Launch Many media tablets launched without a whole lot of media:
This issue is being slowly solved, but the damage had been done at launch.
Tablets Lacked Stability and Responsiveness at Launch Many tablets launched with multiple application crashes, hangs and were intermittently unresponsive. When apps would become unresponsive, the users would get a message asking them what they want to do, similar to the way Windows alerts the user. The iPad 2 launch experience was responsive and stable. Yes, the iPad 2 does still experience some app crashes, but it’s less frequent and when it does, it just closes the app.
This issue has been solved for all non-iPad tablets with OS updates, but again, the damage was done at launch. Tablets Lacked Premier Applications at Launch I don’t believe consumers are fanatical about the 100’s of thousands of apps that should be on a tablet. I do believe that they want to have the most popular applications that they care about, though. Most non-iPad tablets launched without premier apps, like premier news, sports, and social media apps. One tablet even shipped without a built-in email and calendar client and research shows that email is the #1 tablet application. Android tablets shipped at launch without a Twitter app. Only Android 3.2 tablets have addressed this issue so far, but again, the perceptual damage was done. Tablets Shipped at Launch with Hardware Challenges Not only were there software issues at launch, but hardware as well. Tablets shipped with inoperable SD card slots and USB ports that didn't work properly. Even competing with the physical iPad 2 design was a challenge. Some tablets were nearly twice as thick as the iPad, used plastic design versus aluminum, and one tablet even shipped with a case that blocked major ports like power, USB and HDMI. Some of these issues have been addressed, but the damage was done. Should Everyone Else Just Quit? With all of these issues at launch and challenging sales so far, should everyone except Apple just quit and concede to Apple? Absolutely not! This is the first inning in a nine inning game, and the game hasn’t been lost. In short order, every tablet will be thin and light enough and power efficient enough until it's inconsequential. Most apps will move to web apps virtually eliminating the app barrier, and everyone will have the right paid content. Apple obviously won’t stand still and I agree with Ben Bajarin when he says, “success will only come to those who want to compete with the iPad by thinking fresh and taking bold and innovative risks.” I have had the honor to work for companies who slayed goliath and I have been slayed myself, so I have seen both sides. It takes courage and conviction and I believe the tech industry can and will do that. Pat Moorhead is Corporate Vice President and Corporate Marketing Fellow and a Member of the Office of Strategy at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.See Pat’s bio here or past blogs here.Follow @PatrickMoorhead on Twitter and on Google+.
Over the last few weeks, Android 3.2 (aka Honeycomb) started rolling out to tablets like the Asus Transformer and the Motorola Xoom. While the announcement of Android 3.1 was met with great fanfare at Google I/O 2011, Android 3.2 didn’t receive a lot of attention as it started rolling out to systems. Ironically, I believe that with the rollout of Android 3.2, the operating system is finally ready for prime-time.
Background Android 3.X is Google’s operating system for tablets. It was first shown at CES 2011 and the first product it rolled out on was the Motorola Xoom. After its launch, the firestorm ensued and Honeycomb was viewed as having significant issues:
Needless to say, this didn’t exactly equate to a very good experience, as I have personally experienced on three separate 10” Android Honeycomb tablets. Improved Performance, Stability and Reliability Between Android 3.1 and 3.2, my Honeycomb experience is like night and day. Single-tasking responsiveness is close to the iPad 2, although the iPad 2 is still faster. Honeycomb does outperform iPad 2 on multitasking though. When I use a tablet, I use it as a primary device. I load around 20-30 apps, and I do set up the background tasks and widgets as they are differentiated features versus the iPad. Where I used to experience between 10-20 application crashes a day, with Android 3.2, I may get one a day. This is a huge breakthrough. And yes, I do get application crashes on the iPad 2. iPad 2 crashes are less pronounced and “hidden” as the app just dies and you are taken to the home screen. In Android, a dialogue box pops up on the screen and you are given the choice to wait, kill, or report the crash.
Improved Application Support Android 3.2 added the capability for users to better tap into the library of approximately 300-400K applications. Applications come in three forms that are somewhat transparent to the user:
If a user runs across a a manually scaled-app, they are given the option to stretch or zoom. Many of the apps, though, were automatic and stretched into place.
Here is how some of the top Android phone apps look on Android Honeycomb 3.2.
As you can see, some of the phone apps look really good and others could be improved. The net-net is that Android Honeycomb tablet buyers just got 300K-400K more apps to run on their tablets. Conclusion Like the first Android phone OS, the Android tablet OS has quickly undergone a massive overhaul and improvement in a mere 6 months. The most recent improvements in Android Honeycomb 3.2 were virtually unnoticed by many in the press, but ironically, the update improved the experience to the point that Android is finally ready for prime-time. So does a massively improved experience guarantee success? Of course not. Android still has to deal with its IP challenges, fragmentation, and some “me-too” hardware designs, BUT, if you don’t first have a responsive, reliable experience with lots of apps, you have nothing. And Android finally has that for tablets. Have your say in the comments section below. Pat Moorhead is Corporate Vice President and Corporate Marketing Fellow and a Member of the Office of Strategy at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.See Pat’s bio here or past blogs here.Follow @PatrickMoorhead on Twitter and on Google Plus.
By now, you’ve probably all heard or read about Apple’s new desktop operating system, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, or just “Lion” for short. While I believe it is a really good operating system today, what I am most interested in is what it means for tomorrow. I’d like to share with you my thoughts on what I believe OS X Lion tells us about our computing future.
Device Modularity Device modularity is essentially when one device, when docked or connected to another one, becomes something even better or more functional. It’s a world where a phone becomes a tablet; a tablet becomes a notebook and even a phone or tablet becomes a desktop. I’ve touched upon modularity with a few previous blogs covering the Motorola Atrix Lapdock and Multimedia Dock, the BlackBerry PlayBook and even the Motorola Xoom. One of the inhibitors to good modularity is modality in UI. Or in other words, the smartphone, tablet, desktop, and laptop act like you would expect in the context you want. When you plug the phone into the dock to make it a laptop, it acts like a laptop, not a phone. Lion has unified many of the UI elements and HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) between the iPhone, iPad, MacBook and the iMac:
So by unifying user interface and basic HCI, Lion has removed a major hurdle for the future, modular designs. Air Gestures We’ve all seen Microsoft Kinect in action in the living room and some of us have even seen “home-brew” tests using the Kinect SDK for the PC. Imagine more advanced, future computer “vision” on a much closer scale, or “near-field” basis, removing some of the actual physical peripherals. This could use very common and inexpensive cameras, possibly stereoscopic, with interconnects like CSI-3 and a heavy compute engine building a 3D model of the hand.
With Lion unifying gestures today tied with future improvements with compute power and lower power with architectures like the AMD Fusion System Architecture, higher speed camera interconnects like CSI-3, a future without the physical mouse and trackpad becomes a distinct reality. Removing the physical keyboard is more of a stretch, but with pico projection a robust investment area, who knows? Also, with the success of keyboards on iOS and Android tablets, users are becoming conditioned to be satisfied with virtual, non-haptic keyboards.
Peer-to-Peer Communication Peer-to-peer communications occur when one device directly interacts with another without the need for a LAN or WAN. The trend with services and the internet has led to the belief that peer-to-peer was dead. Not so with Lion, as it actually dialed it up a notch.
I find this very interesting given Apple’s forecast of a “post-PC” world. With very innovative features like HP’s “touch-to-share” and enabling communications like WiFi Direct and BlueTooth 4/5, peer-to-peer comms could be making a comeback. I’d guess that we will be seeing even more of this in CE devices. Who would have thought in this “everything in the cloud” world? :-) Conclusion OS X Lion is a really good operating system for users today and also gives us some indications of interesting things to come in the computing future. I believe that Lion tells us a lot about the future of device modularity, our ability to ditch the mouse, trackpad, and maybe even the keyboard. Lion also guides to a world that increases the likelihood of even more devices talking directly to each other without the cloud middleman. It’s a future I can get excited about. How about you? Pat Moorhead is Corporate Vice President and Corporate Marketing Fellow and a Member of the Office of Strategy at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.See Pat’s bio here or past blogs here.Follow @PatrickMoorhead on Twitter and on Google+.