AMD A-Series Fusion APU arriving to laptops this quarter
AMD has announced through its official blog that production of its 32nm quad-core “Llano” A-Series APU has begun and should appear in laptops before the end of this quarter.
The A-Series of Fusion chips should be offering great performance-per-watt as demonstrated by the Youtube video below where a quad-core Llano APU is put up against an Intel Core i7-2630QM processor through various tests with impressive results. The new series includes Radeon HD 6000-class “BeaverCreek” graphics and support up to 4MB of cache with multi-GPU graphics support, according to Xbitlabs. This should allow for much better performance than the already released E-Series and C-Series of Fusion chips.
The AMD Fusion processors are the result of the merger between AMD and Radeon a few years back, and are thus system on chips (SoC) with integrated CPU and GPU architecture for improved energy consumption and efficiency. The earlier E-Series and C-Series have been available for low-cost laptops and netbooks, but the A-Series should be making its way to mainstream laptops and desktops.
Laptops sporting the new A-Series APU will start at $499, according to PCWorld. Hopefully, specific models and dates will be announced soon within the coming months.
|AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units Due in 2011|
|Model||A8- 3560P||A8- 3550P||A8- 3560||A8- 3550||A6- 3460P||A6- 3450P||A6- 3460||A6- 3450||A4- 3360||A4- 3350||E2- 3250|
|Stream Core Count||400||400||400||400||320||320||320||320||160||160||160|
|GPU Clock-Speed||TBD||594 MHz||TBD||594 MHz||TBD||443 MHz||TBD||443||TBD||594 MHz||443 MHz|
|Radeon Brand||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6410||HD 6410||HD 6370|
|Memory||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1600 MHz|
|Launch||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q4 2011||Q3 2011||Q3 2011|
Table above from Xbitlabs