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AMD A-Series Fusion APU arriving to laptops this quarter

New APUs already in production and will come in dual-core and quad-core variants throughout the year.

AMD has announced through its official blog that production of its 32nm quad-core “LlanoA-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-classBeaverCreek” 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
ModelA8- 3560PA8- 3550PA8- 3560A8- 3550A6- 3460PA6- 3450PA6- 3460A6- 3450A4- 3360A4- 3350E2- 3250
Core Count44444444222
Stream Core Count400400400400320320320320160160160
GPU Clock-SpeedTBD594 MHzTBD594 MHzTBD443 MHzTBD443TBD594 MHz443 MHz
Radeon BrandHD 6550 HD 6550HD 6550HD 6550HD 6530HD 6530HD 6530HD 6530HD 6410HD 6410HD 6370
MemoryDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1866 MHzDDR3, 1600 MHz
Process Technology32nm32nm32nm32nm32nm32nm32nm32nm32nm32nm32nm
LaunchQ4 2011Q3 2011Q4 2011Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011Q4 2011Q3 2011Q4 2011Q3 2011Q3 2011

 Table above from Xbitlabs


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Allen Ngo, 2011-04- 5 (Update: 2021-05-18)