The APU seems to be going everywhere but the tablet, as AMD talks new APU solutions and an FX APU line at Computex in Taipei.
Kaveri once again was the anchor of AMD’s Computex keynote, as AMD’s Lensing introduced Kaveri’s mobile version on-stage in Taipei. But Kaveri wasn’t the only APU announced at the show: AMD also introduced a “Pro” line of A-Series APUs targeted towards commercial users.
Mobile Kaveri will be the first mobile chip from AMD under its FX brand, which was once reserved for the desktop. AMD’s first hardware win for mobile Kaveri will be an Envy series gaming laptop from Hewlett Packard.
AMD’s other APU introduced on stage was a new “Pro” A-Series of APUs designed for commercial notebooks and PCs. The first hardware win for this APU will be HP’s Elite 700 Series notebook available later this year. The Pro A-Series APU will be available in three variants: the A10 Pro 7350B with four CPU cores clocked at 2.1 GHz base, 3.3 GHz turbo and six Radeon R6 GPU cores clocked at 553 MHz, and a 19W TDP; the A8 Pro 7150B with four CPU cores clocked at 1.9 GHz, 3.2 GHz turbo and six Radeon R5 GPU cores clocked at 533 MHz, and a 19W TDP; the A6 Pro 7050B with two CPU cores clocked at 2.2 GHz base, 3.0 GHz turbo and three Radeon R4 cores clocked at 533 MHz with a 17W TDP.
On stage, AMD’s Kevin Lensing said its mobile FX-version of Kaveri could go “toe-to-toe” with Intel’s Core i5 and i7 processors.
It’s not known exactly how these figures were derived, so it’s best to take them with a grain of salt until in-depth real world benchmarks are released. It should also be noted that mobile Kaveri is a quad core chip with a 35W TDP, that’s being compared (presumably) to a dual-core chip with a 15W TDP. It’s unknown how AMD’s mobile Kaveri would stack up against Intel’s new mobile Core M chip, announced at Computex the day before.
The last APU announcement at AMD’s Computex press conference was an update to AMD’s embedded line of SoCs. Formerly known as “Steppe Eagle” and “Crowned Eagle”, AMD’s G-Series of chips are geared towards deployment in clients in sectors like healthcare, finance, education and retail.
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AMD’s Su concluded the keynote by reiterating AMD’s previous announcement on Project Skybridge. There wasn’t anything new that wasn’t previously disclosed in prior presentation. Su used the opportunity to tell the crowd gathered that the future of AMD isn’t entirely in x86, but in a mixture of the two architectures.