Capsaicin, whether you call it the essence of flavor or the distillation of pain (ed: it's the latter), at its core capsaicin is what drives everything we call spicy. Using this as their inspiration AMD's Radeon Technologies Group will be holding a press event for GDC, and they are naming said event after this terrifically terrifying substance.

The press event, which we will be present for, will also be getting a live webcast that will be available on AMD’s investor relations page next week on Monday March 14th, at 4:00 PM PT. After concluding the event a replay will be available to watch a few hours later, along with YouTube access as well.

At the event RTG plans on showcasing their own hardware, software, and gaming partners. As Capsaicin is the reason for that fire that inspires dishes worldwide, RTG will explore what they call the “inner essence” of the GPU and how it powers innovations that we will see in gaming and VR. Along these lines RTG plans to show the latest advancements drive both the enthusiast and developer communities as we approach a growing virtual reality market.

Meanwhile, that AMD is broadcasting a webcast should be considered significant. Due to Security and Exchange Commission rules, AMD is required to reveal certain types of information to investors at the same time as the press. In previous instances where AMD has announced a webcast via their investor relations site, there have been new product announcements. So it is reasonable to expect the same here.

For more information, please see the Capsaicin webcast announcement page

Source: AMD

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  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    AMD is misguided as usual with their focus on small volume halo products that support relatively obscure technologies that are essentially passing fads like virtual reality. There's just too much expense behind support VR and too little inventive for developers who make programs that use DX12 to invest in it. AMD needs to move forward by pushing for OEM deals in laptops where there are still fairly high sales rates. Focusing their efforts on the handful of gaming desktops is foolish. Yes, there's a little bit of growth in desktop gaming, but those systems are a tiny shred of a declining desktop market. Build better GPUs for laptops and skip the VR until it's practical for VR to work on integrated GPUs where there's only an additional expense of the headset for people who want to deal with that kind of entertainment instead of the headset and multiple GPUs that aren't even going to get next generation game support.
  • Murloc - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    waiting for VR to work on integrated GPUs is excessive since people have been using discrete GPUs for normal gaming for years without complaining.

    I think AMD gets involved in all sorts of stuff because they just can't beat the competitors through sheer performance and lower power consumption.
  • BrokenCrayons - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    The number of people using discrete GPUs for gaming is a state of decline. Integrated graphics that were "good enough" in their time have existed for quite a while thanks to Intel's efforts with the GMA and HD series. Due in no small part to the shift from desktop to more mobile platforms, discrete GPUs are ever becoming more of a rarity. At the same time, game sales have increased because integrated graphics cards bundled in inexpensive computers now have the ability to run many games at acceptable (acceptable to average consumers) settings that give them reasonable performance. If VR is ever going to become popular, it needs to have a very low entry cost. In order for developers to see value in supporting VR, there has to be an incentive tied to additional profit otherwise the publisher will mandate the developer skip VR support (the same holds true for multi-GPU support in DirectX 12). So yes, widespread and socially-acceptable VR that has the support of software and hardware must be usable with very low cost computers in order to more than a few ripples in the proverbial computing pond.
  • medi03 - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    AMD has cheaper GPUs that beat all competitor card, except the 1k$ one.

    And on power consumption front, it's 10-15% more performance for with roughly 20% more power.
  • richardginn - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    How much Capsaicin are we talking about here???

    Bell Pepper level?
    Jalapeno level?
    Thai Chili level?
    Habanero Level?
    Ghost Chili Level?
    Carolina Reaper level??
  • Danvelopment - Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - link

    These would all make great codenames for each family. Carolina Reaper would be a quad chip GPU and would release at the height of Winter.
  • Ammaross - Monday, March 14, 2016 - link

    Trinidad Scorpion: only available for GPU compute in supercomputers. Melts if not liquid cooled in a LiNO2 bath.

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