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CES 2013 | AMD unveils Cauvery, Kabini, Richland, and Temash APUs and SoCs

AMD unveils Cauvery, Kabini, Richland, and Temash APUs and SoCs
AMD unveils Cauvery, Kabini, Richland, and Temash APUs and SoCs
The official AMD roadmap for 2013 reveals brand a brand new generation of APUs for both desktops, tablets, and ultrathin notebooks.

Aside from Intel, AMD is also present at CES this year with a new set of power-efficient processors for 2013. For the mainstream segment and up, the 2nd and 3rd generation of the A-Series, codenamed "Richland" (32 nm) and "Kaveri" (28 nm), respectively, are expected to be available for notebooks with TDP as low as 17 Watts up to 35 Watts. Multiple Piledriver cores will fuel the CPU while AMD intends to eventually integrate a GCN GPU directly on the die in time for the launch of the Kaveri series.

AMD expects to launch Richland models this year in at least 3 known models: The A10-5750M with Radeon HD 8650G graphics, the A8-5545M with Radeon HD 8510G graphics, and the A6-5350M with Radeon 8450G graphics. Richland should offer 20 to 40 percent more performance compared to the current crop of Trinity APUs. Kaveri has a chance of launching before the end of the year and is a fusion of multiple Steamroller CPU cores with a GCN GPU core and support for HSA Application.

Meanwhile for low-power systems, the 28 nm "Kabini" series will succeed the Brazos series as part of the AMD E-Series. The AMD A4 and A6 chips to come from the Kabini generation are expected to have only 9 to 15 Watt TDP with 2 to 4 "Jaguar" CPU cores and integrated GCN graphics. AMD claims up to 50 percent improved performance compared to the current Brazos 2.0 generation whilst providing a battery life of over 10 hours. The launch model will be the A6-5200 APU with Radeon HD 8400-level graphics.

The new ULV A-Series, codenamed "Temash" (28 nm), has been designed for tablet use. These SoCs should be twice as fast as the current Hondo Z-Series of APUs (for example, the Z-60). Once launched, AMD claims Temash will be the fastest tablet-specific x86 SoC available. The 1.0 GHz quad-core A6-1450 with integrated Radeon HD 8280 graphics is currently under internal testing at AMD.

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Author: Ronald Tiefenthäler/Allen Ngo, 2013-01- 9 (Update: 2013-06-24)