AMD Reveals “Temash” SoC for Tablets
At the 2013 Mobile World Congress, AMD has revealed their new Temash SoC (System On a Chip). Temash is a quad core APU using the Jaguar architecture and is designed for use in tablets and hybrid PCs. With integrated Radeon HD graphics, powerful tablets on par with laptops are just around the corner.
AMD showcased their new Temash processor in several demo tablets at the MWC this week. The Temash uses the Jaguar architecture (seen on the upcoming Playstation 4) with quad cores and on-chip Radeon HD graphics, which gives the Temash an impressive amount of computing power.
The design is claimed to support 1080p video and DirectX 11. If we can really get a chip that handles that level of graphic intensity, AMD's promise of tablet gaming that can stand up to more than casual games may have a more solid core than most think. Even though this chip has a very large amount of processing horsepower, it is very battery friendly. Drawing only a purported 1 watt for low powered tasks like web browsing and text editing, and 5.9 watts while in battery mode, this chip will power the next generation of Windows 8 smart tablets, and help them stay powered longer.
One of the core new features of Temash is a Turbo docking mode. When docked with the power station, the processor draws 15 watts and unleashes its full potential. The docked Temash beats a higher powered Core i5 in some tests, and crushes Intel Atom based tablets all-round.
There is a reason that it only runs at 15 watts in docked mode, and that reason is not just power. Fifteen watts is an enormous amount of heat to dissipate passively, and the docking station has a built in fan that spins up to cool down the processor when it goes turbo.
With the reference tablets sporting USB 3.0 and HDMI ports, something the iPad sorely lacks, these tablets have the power and convenience to compete in a market where speed and power consumption are king. That is, as long as the Windows 8 they run doesn't bring them down. While an 'iPad killer' will never be able to overcome Apple's dedicated market, the Temash based tablets of late 2013 and 2014 will certainly bring some powerful options to the table.