No, honestly, their problem is not apps but dates. AMD has never been able to ship products promptly enough to give them a good position. For a long time, the theory was that the generation-and-a-half lag behind Intel was due to fabs. But obviously that excuse is gone. AFAIKT, AMD just has a culture of accepting bare survival as their normal mode. Occasionally one part of the company will pull ahead (say, GPUs for 6 months, or CPUs.) They never manage to build on their temporary advantages, though, and so stay permanently as a token competitor.
Kaveri looks interesting, but if they're delaying it with software as an excuse, they're fooling themselves in the usual way. Software, largely, takes care of itself, but AMD's always playing stopgap with hardware, and they just can't seem to fix that. Kaveri should be out now (Richland was the pointless stopgap that didn't stop anything.) If it were, AMD would be able to talk about the virtues of HSA, would be able to generate papers showing eg that tight integration and coherency between CPU and GPU enable something new. As it is, AMD is once again saying "trust us, what you get in 6 months will be great!".
AMD has too much belief that it's worth the wait. Intel must love this, since it means they don't have to sweat, can drive the ISA agenda and control the whole market, and yet can claim to have competition.
Grit and perserverence are wonderful attributes, but at some point AMD becomes irrelevant (perhaps already passed.)
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.