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Thursday, May 23, 2013
AMD Outlines Its 2013 Mobile APU Line-Up


AMD today launched three new additions to its 2013 A-Series and E-Series Mobile Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) lineup -- delivering solutions positioned to address today's PC market with increased performance and power efficiency, as well as a superior gaming and graphics.

AMD today announced the 2013 AMD Elite Mobility APU (formerly codenamed "Temash"), the 2013 AMD Mainstream APU (formerly codenamed "Kabini") and low power versions of the 2013 AMD Elite Performance APU (formerly codenamed "Richland").



These new APUs are available beginning today in announced today from Acer and HP.

"The client market has evolved -- with greater diversity in the types of mobile form factors and higher performance demands from the software -- and AMD is uniquely positioned to deliver the best processors to meet the needs of mobile device users today," said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units at AMD. "As computing becomes more visual and the graphics processor can be leveraged to do other types of processing, our dedication to the software community and the APU architecture sets us apart from the competition and enables us to deliver the best user experience whether on a tablet, a hybrid device or a notebook."

The 2013 AMD Elite Mobility APU (formerly codenamed "Temash") is a 28nm, quad-core x86 system-on-a-chip (SoC) APU designed for touch small form-factor notebooks, tablets, and hybrids 13-inches and below. Available as AMD A-Series APUs, this new platform comes in dual (A4) and quad-core (A6) configurations, combining "Jaguar" x86 Central Processing Unit (CPU) cores with Graphics Core Next AMD RadeonT HD 8000 Series graphics. The APU offers support for 1080p touch display capability and full Microsoft Windows compatibility, including support for "Windows Blue."



AMD Temash is the same APU as Kabini but comes with a lower TDP target, which also means reduced clock speeds.

The Temash APUs announced today include the A6-1450, a quad-core APU with a 1.4GHz maximum Turbo Core clock and a base 1.0GHz clock. It has an 8W TDP and features a GPU with 128 Radeon cores.

The A4-1250 is a dual-core CPU and skips without the Turbo Core feature. It also consumes 8W.

Finally the A4-1200 has a reduced GPU clock and it has a 3.9W TDP. This chip s positioned against ARM SoCs like Apple?s A6 in the 4th generation iPad 4 and Qualcomm?s Krait.

According to AMD Elite APU offer up to 172 percent more CPU performance per watt and up to 212 percent better graphics performance per watt than its predecessor, and up to 12 hours of resting battery life. AMD also claims that systems basd on its new APU had an up to 45 percent longer battery life and nearly five times more GPU performance than Intel's competing system

(Power measurements: AMD "Larne" reference system with a configuration including the A6-1450 1.0GHz APU with Radeon HD 8250 series graphics, 4GB DDR3-1066 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8 Vs. the Acer Iconia W700-6607 with an Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz, Intel integrated graphics, 4GB DDR3 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8 - GPU measurements: FutureMark 3DMark for Windows 8 Ice Storm Test, AMD A4-1200 Dual Core 1.0GHz APU, AMD Radeon HD 8180 series graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 memory and Microsoft Windows 8 Vs. Acer ICONIA W510-1666 with an Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz CPU, Intel integrated graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8)

AMD is competing against ARM, whose processors are used in most tablets, and Intel, which later this year will be releasing new chips code-named Bay Trail for tablets running Android and Intel.

ARM and Intel already support Android 4.2, while independent efforts are under way to bring Android to the handful of AMD tablets. AMD has signed an ARM license, and is building chips based on the architecture for servers.

The Temash chip can offer a full Windows 8 tablet and desktop experience, which is an edge over competing chips that are optimized for specific tablet or PC usage. For example, Intel's current Clover Trail chip, designed for tablets, is 32-bit and may not run specific desktop applications that are 64-bit.

AMD's also claims that its Temash chips hold an advantage in graphics. In a comparison list, AMD said Temash also has support for DirectX 11, Windows 7 and USB 3.0 ports, which are not offered on Intel's Clover Trail. However, that is expected to change with Bay Trail, which will support DirectX 11 and USB 3.0.

The 2013 AMD Mainstream APU (formerly codenamed "Kabini") is a quad-core x86 SoC solution for entry-level and small-form factor touch notebooks. It has been designed to deliver a balance between function and affordability for entry-level and small-form factor touch notebooks. The APUs combine either two or four "Jaguar" x86 CPU cores with Graphics Core Next AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics.

Quad core 2013 Mainstream APUs, a part of the 2013 AMD A-Series APU family (A4 and A6 models), have been designed for entry-level and small-form factor touch notebooks.



AMD is also offering dual core versions are AMD E-Series APUs, with E1 and E2 models available.

AMD says that its 2013 AMD Mainstream APU offers up to 132 percent better visual performance per watt and up to 127 percent better productivity performance per watt, plus up to 25 percent better power efficiency than previous generations, with up to 11 hours of idle battery life.

Compared to Intel systems, the new AMD mainstream APU offers up to 88 percent better graphics performance, up to 33 percent better gaming performance and up to 29 percent faster file compression, according to AMD's data

(2013 3DMark, BioShock Infinite gameplay at graphics and WinZip 17: AMD A6-5200 APU with AMD Radeon HD 8400 graphics , 4G DDR3 1600 and Windows 8 64bit Vs Intel Pentium B980 with Intel HD Graphics, 4G DDR3 1333 MHz, Windows 8 64 bit)

The low power versions of the 2013 AMD Elite Performance APU (formerly codenamed "Richland") promise to offer the best graphics and compute in a performance APU for premium ultrathin notebooks.

The top-of-the-line AMD A-Series APUs with A8 and A10 models offer up to 12 percent better productivity performance and between 20-40 percent better visual performance than the previous generation, including up to 51 percent more power efficiency in HD video playback and up to 13 hours of resting battery life, according to AMD.



The top performing A10-5757M model improves on performance offered by the A10-4600M, with the CPU core clocked at 2.5-3.5GHz and the GPU clocked at 600-720MHz. The CPU cores have a base clock that's 200MHz higher and a maximum Turbo clock that?s 300MHz higher. Its TDP is set to 35W.

The A8-5557M has a GPU clocked at 720MHz maximum, but a lower 554MHz base clock. On the CPU side, the A8-5557M is clocked 200MHz higher on the base clock with a maximum Turbo Core 3.0 clock that's 300MHz higher (2.1-3.1GHz).

The two low-voltage A8/A10 APUs feature a fully enabled GPU with 384 cores. The A10-5745M could be up to 50% faster than the previous A10-4655M (base GPU clock of 533 compared to 360), and maximum GPU clock is 25% higher. The A8-5545M also has a base GPU clock increase of 40% compared to the A8-4555M with a maximum Turbo that?s 30% higher.

Compared to Intel's solution, the 2013 AMD Elite Performance APU offers between 39-72 percent better gaming performance on today's leading games, AMD claims.

The three new AMD APUs offer a multitude of features related to looking at, and interacting with, mobile devices in a new way:

AMD Elite Experiences Software -- Leverage the power of the combined compute and graphics cores in AMD Elite APU Platforms to accelerate a suite of available software:

- AMD Gesture Control -- Control basic functions using hand gestures; (Only available on upcoming AMD A10 and A8 APUs codenamed "Richland" and upcoming AMD A6 and A4 APUs codenamed "Temash." Requires a web camera, and will only operate on PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system. Supported Windows desktop apps include: Windows Media Player, Windows Photo Viewer, Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Acrobat Reader. Supported Windows Store apps include: Microsoft Photos, Microsoft Music, Microsoft Reader and Kindle.)

- AMD Face Login -- Quickly log in to Windows and other browser-based sites; (Only available on upcoming AMD A10 and A8 APUs. Requires a webcam, and will only operate on PCs running Windows 7 or Windows 8 operating system and Internet Explorer version 9 or 10. Internet connection is required for website login and use of other online features.)

- AMD Screen Mirror -- Wirelessly share content with any supported TV or display (Only available on upcoming AMD A10, A8 and A6 APUs codenamed "Richland" and upcoming AMD A6 and A4 APUs codenamed "Temash." Compatible Digital Media Renderer (DMR) devices are listed on the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) website with the "'Play To' Receiver" feature and must also include H.264 and AAC support. Both PC and DMR device must be connected to a network that will permit content streaming. AMD Screen Mirror supports almost all popular image, audio and video file formats as well as applications showing on your PC screen, but will not mirror protected content.)

- AMD Radeon Graphics with DirectX 11.1 support
- AMD AllDay Power -- Stay unplugged with long battery life.
- AMD Start Now technology -- Boot up or resume from hibernate in seconds.


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