APUs using the new core will also be the first to feature built-in HEVC decoding in hardware support. Also called H.265, HEVC is being used to encode 4K video streams and is very hardware-intensive even on high-performance CPUs. Su said AMD mobile parts with HEVC will offer a 40-percent battery improvement when watching HEVC video streams over a CPU without the support.
ARM is dead; long live ARM
Although AMD has scuttled Project Skybridge, that doesn't mean ARM is dead to it. The company said intends to continue its K12 initiative. The availability of the part is a long ways off though, with the ARM part not shipping until at least 2017. That makes it clear Zen is the priority for the company.
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