We’re here at Kapolei, Hawaii in preparation for tomorrow’s AMD product showcase. While the bulk of AMD’s announcements will be centered around that and NDA sessions to follow, AMD has offered a very brief preview of some of the things they’re going to be talking about tomorrow that we’re going to quickly cover.

In what’s being dubbed the “sermon at the mountain,” AMD’s recently rejoined Corporate VP of Visual Computing, Raja Koduri delivered a quick motivational speech from a ridge at Hawaii’s Diamond Head park, discussing AMD’s resilience while weaving in a few hints about tomorrow’s formal announcements.

So what’s on AMD’s plate for tomorrow? Hardware aside, according to Raja we can expect news on Eyefinity, Crossfire, and Linux driver support. Eyefinity and Crossfire have been hot-button issues for AMD as of late, particularly when combined, due to deficiencies in AMD’s frame pacing mechanisms that the company is still working on fixing. Meanwhile Linux driver support is an ongoing issue, as while AMD has committed to Linux driver development in the past, the practical reality is that the open source AMD drivers still trail AMD’s closed source drivers in features, performance, and support on AMD’s latest products. We’re told that tomorrow’s announcement will make Linux users/developers especially excited, so we may be seeing how AMD intends to close that gap.

Anyhow, we’ll have more tomorrow with AMD’s formal showcase. The presentation is being webcast live at 3pm EDT on AMD’s website and on AMD’s YouTube channel.

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  • PhoenixEnigma - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    I'm not a fan of the wine-and-dine your reviewers approach, but I'm willing to cut AMD a little slack on this one - after all, we're talking about Hawaii the chip, too, so there's at least some amount of justification to hold the event in the namesake state. Reply
  • Wreckage - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    They should call their next chip hookers and blackjack. Reply
  • drexnx - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    No, it makes perfect sense. the GPU is called Hawaii, and Hawaii is smack dab in the middle of the most important North American and Asian Markets so press from both are equidistant. It's also the off-season for tourism so they're going to be able to leverage off-season rates for hotels and flights. Reply
  • wow&wow - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Does this gimmic picture worth this much screen space? A size of 1"x1" should be enough. Reply
  • HisDivineOrder - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Isn't this the same guy that Anand pasted in a huge size when he first moved over to AMD? I'm pretty sure there's a mancrash going on here... Reply
  • HisDivineOrder - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Or mancrush. Whichever you like! :D Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    The header picture size is fixed in our CMS. It's always 678x452. Reply
  • Viewgamer - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Thanks for writing this, we're really starved for info, you continue to deliver Ryan so thank you. Reply
  • ddarko - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Why are folks so dour and grumpy? This is a ridiculously silly start to a press junket with tongue firmly planted in cheek by AMD - I mean come on, it's a speech for a GPU on a Hawaiian mountaintop! I appreciate its spirit of lunacy. Are we suppose to prefer a Powerpoint presentation in a windowless conference hall because it's more professional? What happened to the "enthusiasm" in enthusiast? Reply
  • piroroadkill - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    Exactly. It's a bit of fun. Let's be less cynical. Reply

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