AMD's "Mantle" Helps Gaming Hardware Lighten the Load

The API for more efficient rendering of high-quality games hasn’t caught on as well as the chipmaker might like.

Jul 14, 2014 at 12:29PM

Looking at the company's displays at the 2014 International CES is to understand that playtime is big business at Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ:AMD). Fool analysts Tim Beyers and Rex Moore were on hand to sample some of the chipmaker's latest wares, including a new technology known as Mantle.

Think of it as a bypass lane. Most often, video-game developers write simplified code that's meant to run on any combination of PC hardware and software. Thus, when it comes time to play, the job of executing the digital instructions falls to the CPU, or central processing unit, which then translates and shuffles code over to a discrete graphics processor.

All that translation amounts to traffic, congestion that crimps gameplay and discourages ambitious, graphics-intensive development. Mantle solves that problem by providing the means for developers to write code that executes directly to a graphics processor.

Big publishers are slowly taking to the platform. Electronic Arts optimized Battlefield 4 and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare ahead of release, and is working on a Mantle-ready version of Dragon Age: Inquisition, due in October, around the same time that Take-Two Interactive releases an optimized version of Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. What sorts of machines will run Mantle? Click the video to watch Tim and Rex get an up-close look.

How to profit from the next great device
ABI Research predicts that a new type of gadget is about to surpass even the mighty iPhone and iPad, selling more than 485 million units per year. One small company makes it all possible, and its stock price has nearly unlimited room to run for early in-the-know investors. To be one of them, and get a closer look at this groundbreaking smart gizmo, just click here!

Neither Rex Moore nor Tim Beyers owns shares in any of the companies mentioned in this article at the time of publication. The Motley Fool recommends Take-Two Interactive. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

©1995-2014 The Motley Fool. All rights reserved. | Privacy/Legal Information