Advanced Micro Devices Inks Partnership with Google, AMD Stock Soars

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The stock price of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) climbed significantly after announcing its partnership with Google.

AMD stock closed $26 per share, up almost 12 percent on Tuesday. The rally brought the company’s market capitalization to $26.14 billion.

Advanced Micro Device disclosed that Google selected the high performance, custom AMD Radeon datacenter GPUs for its Vulkan and Linux-based Google Stadia.

Additionally, the semiconductor company announced that it is supporting the search engine giant’s software development tools and Linux-based, open-source Vulkan driver. Their partnership will help game developers optimize future titles that will run in the new GPU-powered platform

According to the company, custom AMD high-performance Radeon datacenter GPUs for Google Stadia include:

  • Second-generation High-Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) to provide power savings in a compact footprint;
  • Critical datacenter features such as Error Correcting Code (ECC)1 protection to help ensure data integrity;
  • Fast, predictable performance with security features for cloud-based gaming, via the industry’s first hardware-based GPU virtualization solution built on industry standard SR-IOV (Single-Root I/O Virtualization) technology.

AMD and Google are committed to open-source         

In a statement, Ogi Brkic, corporate vice president and general manager of the Datacenter GPU Business Unit at Advanced Micro Devices, said the company is providing unique technologies and expertise to enable world-class cloud gaming experiences by combining its gaming DNA and data center technology leadership.

In addition, Brkic said, “AMD is delighted to work with Google in its effort to bring amazing gaming experiences to legions of gamers around the world with the reliability and no-compromises performance they expect.”

On the other hand, Dov Zimring, Google Stadia developer platform product lead, commented, “We’ve worked closely with AMD for years on this project, leading to the development of a custom GPU with leading-edge features and performance for Google Stadia.”

“Google and AMD share a commitment to open-source with expertise in Vulkan, open-source Vulkan GPU drivers, and open-source graphics optimization tools. We’re humbled by the spirit of innovation and collaboration that exists throughout the gaming industry and look forward to pioneering the future of graphics technology with game developers, in open-source.”