Computex 2014 | AMD announces Kaveri A-Series APUs for notebooks
AMD today unveiled their latest weapon in the ongoing struggle with Intel, showing off new mobile versions of their Kaveri A-Series APUs. The mobile APUs build on Kaveri's 28nm architecture that was announced earlier this year, extending the desktop features to mobile PCs.
The new Kaveri APUs feature the same Steamroller Core and Heterogenous System Architecture as their desktop counterparts, allowing the CPU and GPU to work in harmony by providing both with access to all of the laptop's RAM. Consequently, the Kaveri APUs feature integrated graphics just like their Intel competitors, with Radeon R5, R6 and R7 graphics included depending on the model.
AMD also announced that their FX branding will continue with the mobile Kaveri APUs, giving more options to enthusiasts and gamers. As such, the top FX-7500 model features 12 compute cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU), offering up to 40% more graphics performance per watt than the previous generation.
Mobile APUs weren't the only thing unveiled by AMD today though, as they also announced a new Pro Series of APUs. Aimed at the commercial marketplace, the APUs feature integrated virtualization software and chip-level security with remote data management. Longer life cycles of 24 months and lower operational costs are also being used to entice businesses and AMD is clearly hoping to match up with Intel's vPro suite of features.