updated 12:05 am EDT, Thu May 23, 2013
New processors deliver low TDP, increased graphical performance
AMD has provided solid details on its new processor lines for the future. The "Temash" APU chipset for "performance tablets" has been detailed, alongside mainstream computing line "Kabini" and elite performance level "Richland" processors, boasting up to 71 percent better graphics performance than the Intel Core i5, according to the manufacturer.
AMD claims that the Temash Mobility APU platform offers up to 100 percent GPU improvement over previous generation chips, with AMD Radeon HD 8000-series graphics. The processor will be available in dual or quad core, with power gating for DCE, UVD, VCE, NB, and DDR P-states. The chipset supports 64-bit single-channel DDR3, a high-resolution display supporting DVI-D up to 2560x1600. The chipset is said to have "faster than real-time" HD encoding in H.264 and SVC HDCP 2.1, with protected content DRM offloaded through HDCP. Up to eight USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports are supported natively, with SATA-2 support, and a SD card reader, all functioning simultaneously.
Three Temash chips will be available at launch -- the A6-1450, A4-1250, and A4-1200. The A6-1450 is a 8W TDP chip with four CPU cores running at a max speed of 1.4GHz with a HD 8250 Radeon GPU integral. The A4-1250 is also a 8W TDP chip, with two cores running at 1GHz. The low-pier A4-1200 has the same base speed as the 1250, but a TDP of only 3.9W.
Kabini chips will soon see widespread release for "mainstream" usage. AMD claims a highlight of the chip is over 10 hours of resting battery live, with up to nine hours of web browsing, or six hours of 1080P H.264 video playback. Five Kabini chips will be on the launch lineup, ranging from the 1Ghz dual-core E1-2100 with a TDP of 9W through the A6-5200 chip with four cores each running at 2.0GHz on a 25W TDP.
The flagship Richland line is claimed to have tablet-like wake and boot, with the addition of AMD Fac Log-in, gesture control, and up to 10 hours of resting battery life. AMD's answer to Intel WiDi, AMD Wireless Display, is supported on 2013 client products by AMD, with up to 1080p, 60Hz playback with 41 millisecond response time.
Richland is shipping with seven discrete chips in the A8 and A10 lines. Four chips are in the A8 line, with two dual-core and two quad-core, from 2.6GHz to 2.9GHz maximum speed. The A10 line has three chips, with one dual-core and two quad-core ranging from 3.1 to 3.5GHz.
Pricing on the three chip lines is not yet available.