−AMD invests in BlueStacks to enablevirtualized Androidappson AMD APU-powered PCs, tablets −
MADRID. — Oct.21, 2011 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced aninvestment in BlueStacks, a venture-backed firm developing innovative software. BlueStacks has introduced a solution to enable Android applications to run fast and full-screenon Windows®-based devices.
AMD and BlueStacksare collaboratingtooptimizetheBlueStacks App Player for Windowssoftware for use with tablet and notebook PCs powered by AMD APUs withAMD VISIONtechnology.With this combination of BlueStacks software and AMD technology, consumers will be able to access their favoriteAndroid apps on virtually any AMD-powered Windows-based device, including more than 200,000 apps currently available in the Android Market.
“Bluestacks is a visionary software company that is, seamlessly, making the emerging Android mobile apps market part of the broader computing ecosystem and enhancing such experiences on our award-winning APU platforms,” said ManjuHegde, corporate vice president, AMD Fusion Experience Program. “AMD is committed to support such game changing innovators through investment and other activity as we work together to usher in new experiences that allowconsumers to enjoy the full capabilities of the brilliant graphics and computing performance enabled by AMD.”
“AMD’s investment in BlueStackswill help us to create an environment where yourfavorite appscan beaccessedregardless of platform technology, providing greaterentertainmentand productivity value,” said Rosen Sharma, president and chief executive officer of BlueStacks. “Working with AMD enables us to do this faster byexpanding ournetworkof OEMs and retailers to reach a broad audience of consumers and businesses that want to get more out of Android.”
The AMD Fusion Fund program makes strategic investments in companies that are developing unique, digital consumer and professional experiences that harness the horsepower of AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) products.AMD Fusion APUsdeliver powerful computing capabilities plus discrete-class graphicswith dedicated HD video processing on a single chip. AMD Fusion APUs arepowered by AMD VISION Engine Software, withregular driver updates designed to improve system performance and stability.
BlueStackswas founded by Rosen Sharma, a successful entrepreneur who has founded several companies that have since been acquired by industry leaders such as Microsoft, Google, Citrix and McAfee. BlueStacks’ software solution was publicly showcased in AMD’s Fusion Zone at the 2011 COMPUTEXTaipei conference.