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AMD reveals next-gen mobile CPUs, claims unprecedented graphics performance

Michael Brown | May 27, 2013
Temash, Kabini, and Richland processors promise graphics performance on par with current-generation discrete GPUs.

The top-end A6-1450 APU is a quad-core part that runs at 1.0GHz (with a top clock rate of 1.4GHz) featuring a Radeon HD 8250 running at between 300- and 400MHz. This chip can access up to 2MB of cache, where the two lesser parts are limited to 1MB. The A4-1200 and A4-1450 support DDR3 memory speeds up to 1066MHz. The mid-range A4-1250 supports DD4 memory speeds up to 1333MHz.

AMD says Temash will not only outperform Intel's current Atom SoC (Clovertrail), but that it will also be superior to Intel's upcoming Baytrail part in the tablet and hybrid market. AMD says Temash will also be competitive with Intel's Celeron and Pentium CPUs in the small-screen (less-than 13 inches) touch notebook market.

Kabini

AMD also unveiled three new SoC families--collectively codenamed Kabini--designed for mainstream thin-and-light notebooks. Taylor said the company expects its dual-core E-Series chips to compete with Intel's Celeron processors, its quad-core A4-Series to best Intel's Pentium offerings, and its quad-core A6-Series to beat Intel's Core i3 lineup. AMD is boasting these processors will be capable of delivering 10 hours of resting battery life, nine hours of web browsing, and more than six hours of 1080p video playback.

All five processors will feature 128 Radeon cores, although the number of active cores will vary according to the SKU. The top-of-the-line 2.0GHz A6-5200 has four x86-compatible "Jaguar" cores and an integrated Radeon HD 8400 GPU running at 600MHz. It will support up to DDR3/1600 memory and boast a TDP of just 25 watts.

The 1.5GHz A4-5000 is also a quad-core part with support for DDR3/1600 memory. It features an integrated Radeon HD 8330 GPU running at 500MHz, but its TDP is even lower at 15 watts. There are three new dual-core APUs in AMD's E-Series: The 1.4GHz E1-2500 and the 1.65GHz E2-3000 have TDPs of 15 watts, while the E1-2100 will have a TDP of just nine watts.

Richland
The top tier of AMD's new mobile product offerings is code-named Richland, and will be branded as the A8 and A10 series at retail. AMD says these APUs will deliver 71 percent better graphics performance than Intel's Core i5, and that the laptops they power will be capable of more than 10 hours of resting battery life and more than 7.5 hours of web browsing.

These chips will also be bundled with several AMD technologies: AMD Face Log-in (a security feature that uses facial recognition and an a webcam instead of a password to log you into your computer); AMD Gesture Control (software that enables you to control your computer with hand gestures); and AMD Screen Mirror (hardware and software for wirelessly streaming video from the PC to another display, such as an HDTV). Screen Mirror, a feature similar to Intel's Wi-Di technology, will also be available on the A6 processor. AMD is targeting gamers with the A10 and will offer bundles of free games with that chip.

 

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