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AMD skips Chromebooks, bets on Windows 10 with new Carrizo chips

Agam Shah | June 3, 2015
Chromebooks may be hot-ticket items, but with its sixth-generation A-series chips for mainstream laptops, AMD is placing its bets on Microsoft's Windows 10.

In Windows 10, GPUs play a larger role in executing PC tasks, which plays to AMD's advantage over Intel in graphics. Today most tasks go through CPUs, but Windows 10's redesigned memory manager will be able to directly schedule tasks for execution on GPUs. As a result, Web video and Adobe applications -- which heavily rely on GPUs -- could run faster.

Laptops also will get thinner and lighter, as Carrizo chips are about 29 percent smaller than their predecessors.

Beyond the new A-series chips, AMD will announce new Pro chips that are part of the Carrizo family during the third quarter, Kozak said.

 

 

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