Thursday, July 07, 2005

AMD backs Austin City Limits music fest

Michael Singer writes in the C|Net News Processors and Systems Blog:

The Austin City Limits music festival apparently has a big fan in Advanced Micro Devices CEO Hector Ruiz.

The man in charge of the No. 2 maker of semiconductors said his company is lending technology and co-sponsoring the annual three-day outdoor live music festival. The event draws an estimated 65,000 music fans every day.

AMD said it is already supplying the digital-audio backbone for KLRU-TV, the show's television broadcast partner in Austin. The local PBS station, which produces the show, said it will use computers and servers running AMD's 64-bit processors to record live music and enhance the broadcast. The television station is also using AMD's technology to prepare for the move to federally mandated high-definition broadcast standards.

The musical acts expected to appear on the AMD stage include Spoon, The Bravery, The Decemberists, Tortoise, The Fiery Furnaces, Bloc Party, Keane, Rachel Yamagata, The Frames, Kasabian, Mates of State, Kaiser Chiefs, Teagan and Sara, Ambulance Ltd. and The Ditty Bops.


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