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Appeared on: Saturday, May 28, 2011
Leaked AMD Roadmap Reveals New APUs, Tablet Strategy

AMD seems to be planning to expand its line of Fusion APUs later this year ith new chips aimed at tablets, according to a leaked slide deck from the company.

AMD has already announced the introduction of its low power C-series and E-series chips, which are focused on ultra-mobile netbooks and notebooks. But according to a leaked product roadmap, the company is also set to launch its first tablet chips.

AMD is promising "the ultimate HD tablet" with its new AMD Fusion Z-Series chips, code-named Desna.

According to the slides, Desna chips will support DirectX 11 graphics, Adobe Flash 10.2 video acceleration, and smooth streaming of HD video as well as hardware graphics acceleration for Internet Explorer 9/HTML 5, Microsoft Office 10, and Windows 7 visual effects. The chips are also expected to support external monitors.



The chip maker envisions Z-series processors powering consumer tablets with support for gaming and HD media, as well as enterprise tablets with productivity software and security features.

AMD's Desna chips are expected to cface the compatition ofIntel's next-generation Intel Atom Oak Trail chips and ARM-based processors.

AMD's Fusion series of chips are promising to offer up to 10hrs of battery life and pack x86 core(s) and a DirectX 11 GPU on the same silicon (x86 cores / cache, Northbridge, graphics core(s)). Besides the low-power C, Z and E series of chips, AMD's A-series (35~45W) are positioned against Intel's CPUs for mainstream notebooks, all-in-one PCs and desktops. They support Parallel Compute Model, OpenCL/OpenGL, USB 3.0, quad-core Turbo mode and feature up to 400 Radeon cores. The AMD A8 (quad x68 core, dual-core graphics) and A6 series (dual x68 core, single- core graphics) are expected to be commpetitively positioned against Intel's Core i7 and Core i5 chips. The A4 series fill face the competition of the Core i3 chips.



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