AMD to demo Turbo Dock hybrid tablet technology at MWC
AMD will be showcasing products featuring the company’s brand new Turbo Dock solution at the Mobile World Congress next week. Turbo Dock is AMD’s vision of what Windows 8 hybrid-tablet solutions should be like. As this too is an x86 solution it sure looks like the higher-end hybrid market is going to get really crowded this year. Microsoft’s Surface Pro runs on an Intel Core i5 and so does Google’s new Chromebook Pixel. Obviously the Pixel isn’t a hybrid but now that Google enabled touch on Chrome OS, partners are sure to come up with a few solutions of their own.
AMD built the Turbo Dock around their upcoming Temash system on chip (SoC) APU. The SoC was showcased back at CES and in the company’s own words, “Temash is AMD’s elite low-power mobility processor for Windows 8 tablets and hybrids.” They also expect it to be the highest performing tablet SoC on the market. The processor is built with 28nm manufacturing technology and the demos at MWC will include both dual and quad-core Temash versions.
The Turbo Dock also has a trick up its sleeve: the Temash chip apparently throttles down when in tablet-only mode. Adding a keyboard dock will automatically improve performance by up to 40%. AMD is obviously trying to get the best of both worlds here i.e. more performance when docked and a longer battery life in tablet mode.