Advanced Micro Devices booth shown at the Consumer Electronics Shows in Las Vegas, Jan. 9, 2008. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is expected to report first-quarter financial results after the market closes Thursday, April 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
AMD is a distant but important competitor to Intel in the market for central processing units.

AMD refocuses with new lines



AMD, the computer chip maker that will soon enter a joint venture with Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Development, is reshaping its approach to its most important market in advance of the deal being finalised. In two new lines of chips released in the past week, the company has focused its efforts on niche markets, saying it will no longer be as aggressive in competing in every category. It has also fine-tuned its pricing strategy, attempting to out-manoeuvre the competition.

AMD, based in California, remains a distant but important competitor to Intel, which dominates the market for the central processing units (CPUs) that are needed in every computer. It has posted a series of losses in recent years as it attempts to compete with a far larger and better-funded adversary in a business requiring huge investments in research and development. Its deal with Mubadala will see the government-owned investor increase its stake in the company to 20 per cent, and spin off its chip manufacturing system into a new company that will be majority owned by the Mubadala-affiliated Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC).

AMD said this would allow it to focus its resources on chip design and marketing, while the production business, tentatively named The Foundry Company, could become a specialised contract manufacturer for AMD and other customers. ATIC officials hope to eventually build microchip fabrication plants, known as fabs, in Abu Dhabi. The AMD chairman, Hector Ruiz, will be in Abu Dhabi this week to speak at the Future Capitals World Summit.

ATIC, created in the lead-up to the AMD deal, has said it would make a number of technology investments in the coming years, but has not yet spoken publicly about its strategy or plans. People familiar with the company say it is awaiting completion of the AMD transaction before discussing this in more depth. The deal was approved by US regulators last week and is expected to be concluded this month. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which ends today, AMD revealed the products it hopes will boost its market share in the coming year.

At the premium end of the market, the company has released its most powerful chip, designed to compete with the most popular products from Intel. But the Phenom II, as it is named, will cost almost half the price of competing chips. The company hopes that at the high end of the market consumers will continue to spend but become more price-focused, giving an advantage to a powerful, low-cost chip. Dell, the world's second-largest PC manufacturer, said it would use the chip in a new version of its popular XPS line of top-end desktop computers targeted at video gaming.

Last November, Intel launched the i7 line of chips, which are the fastest PC chips yet made. The technology platform for i7 is considered a full generation ahead of AMD's line-up, but the chips are expensive, energy-intensive and need other top-end equipment to support them. Much of Intel's sales growth in the past year has come from its Atom range of chips, which are smaller, cheaper and less energy-intensive than typical CPUs. They are designed for use in a popular new category of lightweight, low-cost laptops known as netbooks, which accounted for almost all the growth in laptop sales last year.

AMD said last week it did not intend producing a chip to compete with the Atom, adding the segment was not profitable enough. Instead, it released its own line of smaller chips, named Yukon, which are designed for small, thin, powerful laptops such as Apple's MacBook Air or the Sony Vaio TZ. The Yukon chips were more expensive than Intel's Atom, but also more profitable, AMD said. The company described the target market for Yukon as premium "ultra-thin" notebooks, rather than lower-cost netbooks, emphasising better performance in handling processor-intensive applications such as games and multimedia.

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THE SPECS

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Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Power: 110 horsepower

Torque: 147Nm

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COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Revibe
Started: 2022
Founders: Hamza Iraqui and Abdessamad Ben Zakour
Based: UAE
Industry: Refurbished electronics
Funds raised so far: $10m
Investors: Flat6Labs, Resonance and various others

The Iron Claw

Director: Sean Durkin 

Starring: Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White, Harris Dickinson, Maura Tierney, Holt McCallany, Lily James

Rating: 4/5

RACE CARD

6.30pm: Handicap (TB) $68,000 (Dirt) 1,600m

7.05pm: Meydan Sprint – Group 2 (TB) $163,000 (Turf) 1,000m

7.40pm: Curlin Stakes – Listed Handicap (TB) $88,000 (D) 2,200m

8.15pm: UAE Oaks – Group 3 (TB) $125,000 (D) 1,900m

8.50pm: Zabeel Mile – Group 2 (TB) $163,000 (T) 1,600m

9.25pm: Balanchine – Group 2 (TB) $163,000 (T) 1,800m

10pm: Al Shindagha Sprint – Group 3 (TB) $130,000 (D) 1,200m

The specs: 2019 Mini Cooper

Price, base: Dh141,740 (three-door) / Dh165,900 (five-door)
Engine: 1.5-litre four-cylinder (Cooper) / 2.0-litre four-cylinder (Cooper S)
Power: 136hp @ 4,500rpm (Cooper) / 192hp @ 5,000rpm (Cooper S)
Torque: 220Nm @ 1,480rpm (Cooper) / 280Nm @ 1,350rpm (Cooper S)
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic
Fuel consumption, combined: 4.8L to 5.4L / 100km

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

UAE athletes heading to Paris 2024

Equestrian

Abdullah Humaid Al Muhairi, Abdullah Al Marri, Omar Al Marzooqi, Salem Al Suwaidi, and Ali Al Karbi (four to be selected).

Judo
Men: Narmandakh Bayanmunkh (66kg), Nugzari Tatalashvili (81kg), Aram Grigorian (90kg), Dzhafar Kostoev (100kg), Magomedomar Magomedomarov (+100kg); women's Khorloodoi Bishrelt (52kg).

Cycling
Safia Al Sayegh (women's road race).

Swimming

Men: Yousef Rashid Al Matroushi (100m freestyle); women: Maha Abdullah Al Shehi (200m freestyle).

Athletics

Maryam Mohammed Al Farsi (women's 100 metres).

The 10 Questions
  • Is there a God?
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  • What is inside a black hole?
  • Can we predict the future?
  • Is time travel possible?
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  • Should we colonise space?
  • Will artificial intelligence outsmart us?
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Day 5, Dubai Test: At a glance

Moment of the day Given the problems Sri Lanka have had in recent times, it was apt the winning catch was taken by Dinesh Chandimal. He is one of seven different captains Sri Lanka have had in just the past two years. He leads in understated fashion, but by example. His century in the first innings of this series set the shock win in motion.

Stat of the day This was the ninth Test Pakistan have lost in their past 11 matches, a run that started when they lost the final match of their three-Test series against West Indies in Sharjah last year. They have not drawn a match in almost two years and 19 matches, since they were held by England at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi in 2015.

The verdict Mickey Arthur basically acknowledged he had erred by basing Pakistan’s gameplan around three seam bowlers and asking for pitches with plenty of grass in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. Why would Pakistan want to change the method that has treated them so well on these grounds in the past 10 years? It is unlikely Misbah-ul-Haq would have made the same mistake.

How to watch Ireland v Pakistan in UAE

When: The one-off Test starts on Friday, May 11
What time: Each day’s play is scheduled to start at 2pm UAE time.
TV: The match will be broadcast on OSN Sports Cricket HD. Subscribers to the channel can also stream the action live on OSN Play.

Director: Nag Ashwin

Starring: Prabhas, Saswata Chatterjee, Deepika Padukone, Amitabh Bachchan, Shobhana

Rating: ★★★★

The Gandhi Murder
  • 71 - Years since the death of MK Gandhi, also christened India's Father of the Nation
  • 34 - Nationalities featured in the film The Gandhi Murder
  • 7 - million dollars, the film's budget 
The years Ramadan fell in May

1987

1954

1921

1888

The permutations for UAE going to the 2018 World Cup finals

To qualify automatically

UAE must beat Iraq.

Australia must lose in Japan and at home to Thailand, with their losing margins and the UAE's winning margin over Iraq being enough to overturn a goal difference gap of eight.

Saudi Arabia must lose to Japan, with their losing margin and the UAE's winning margin over Iraq being enough to overturn a goal difference gap of eight.

To finish third and go into a play-off with the other third-placed AFC side for a chance to reach the inter-confederation play-off match

UAE must beat Iraq.

Saudi Arabia must lose to Japan, with their losing margin and the UAE's winning margin over Iraq being enough to overturn a goal difference gap of eight.

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UAE currency: the story behind the money in your pockets
Other acts on the Jazz Garden bill

Sharrie Williams
The American singer is hugely respected in blues circles due to her passionate vocals and songwriting. Born and raised in Michigan, Williams began recording and touring as a teenage gospel singer. Her career took off with the blues band The Wiseguys. Such was the acclaim of their live shows that they toured throughout Europe and in Africa. As a solo artist, Williams has also collaborated with the likes of the late Dizzy Gillespie, Van Morrison and Mavis Staples.
Lin Rountree
An accomplished smooth jazz artist who blends his chilled approach with R‘n’B. Trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC, Rountree formed his own band in 2004. He has also recorded with the likes of Kem, Dwele and Conya Doss. He comes to Dubai on the back of his new single Pass The Groove, from his forthcoming 2018 album Stronger Still, which may follow his five previous solo albums in cracking the top 10 of the US jazz charts.
Anita Williams
Dubai-based singer Anita Williams will open the night with a set of covers and swing, jazz and blues standards that made her an in-demand singer across the emirate. The Irish singer has been performing in Dubai since 2008 at venues such as MusicHall and Voda Bar. Her Jazz Garden appearance is career highlight as she will use the event to perform the original song Big Blue Eyes, the single from her debut solo album, due for release soon.

Profile of Bitex UAE

Date of launch: November 2018

Founder: Monark Modi

Based: Business Bay, Dubai

Sector: Financial services

Size: Eight employees

Investors: Self-funded to date with $1m of personal savings

Our family matters legal consultant

Name: Dr Hassan Mohsen Elhais

Position: legal consultant with Al Rowaad Advocates and Legal Consultants.

Museum of the Future in numbers
  • 78 metres is the height of the museum
  • 30,000 square metres is its total area
  • 17,000 square metres is the length of the stainless steel facade
  • 14 kilometres is the length of LED lights used on the facade
  • 1,024 individual pieces make up the exterior 
  • 7 floors in all, with one for administrative offices
  • 2,400 diagonally intersecting steel members frame the torus shape
  • 100 species of trees and plants dot the gardens
  • Dh145 is the price of a ticket
How to wear a kandura

Dos

  • Wear the right fabric for the right season and occasion 
  • Always ask for the dress code if you don’t know
  • Wear a white kandura, white ghutra / shemagh (headwear) and black shoes for work 
  • Wear 100 per cent cotton under the kandura as most fabrics are polyester

Don’ts 

  • Wear hamdania for work, always wear a ghutra and agal 
  • Buy a kandura only based on how it feels; ask questions about the fabric and understand what you are buying

The Breadwinner

Director: Nora Twomey

Starring: Saara Chaudry,  Soma Chhaya,  Laara Sadiq 

Three stars

The specs

Price, base / as tested Dh1,470,000 (est)
Engine 6.9-litre twin-turbo W12
Gearbox eight-speed automatic
Power 626bhp @ 6,000rpm
Torque: 900Nm @ 1,350rpm
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