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AMD: Llano APUs now official

The new dual-core and quad-core CPUs of the E2 and A-Series include a relatively fast processor and graphics core to compete in the lower price range against Intel's Pentium, Celeron and Core i3 lineup

The upcoming Llano core will be manufactured in a 32nm process with up to 4 cores, similar to the currently available Core II or Athlon processors. Each core has at least 1MB of L2 cache, but unlike the desktop Phenom CPUs, there will be no L3 cache.

Thankfully, Turbo Core 2.0 is featured in the new Llano chipsets, but the boost will only affect a single core and not the processor in its entirety. This is similar to the Turbo Boost technology found in many Intel Sandy Bridge processors.

Depending on the price and TDP, AMD will offer a range of Llano APUs throughout its dual-core and quad-core variants. Each model, however, will have an integrated DirectX 11-capable graphics chip, which will be clocked at 400MHz or 444MHz with up to 400 Shader cores. Smaller Llano APUs, such as the E2-3000M, will only have 120 pipelines enabled. A Unified Video Decoder (UVD) is included in each model as well, allowing for HD decoding with low processor load. Up to two external monitors can be connected with Blu-ray and 3D support.

The integrated graphics card will be of the Radeon HD 6000M variety, but will be named differently as the Radeon HD 6xxxG2 family to distinguish it as part of the Llano core lineup.

Because the APU is manufactured in a 32nm process, AMD claims battery and power consumption will be greatly improved. In the AMD presentation, a battery life comparison can be seen between the A8-3510MX APU and the Intel Core i5-2410M.

The Llano platform is expected to come standard with USB 3.0 support for future netbook and laptop releases.

The performance of the Llano processors is expected to be higher than that of the old Phenom II models, especially against entry-level segment CPUs such as the dual-core Intel Celeron and Pentium models. The integrated graphics may perform better in games than the Intel HD 3000 and 2000 as well, due to the support for DirectX 11. With the new Fusion Llano cores, AMD is positioning itself at the entry level with a good combination of price, performance and battery life.

APU Cores CPU Clock L2 Cache Graphics Card GPU Cores GPU Clock TDP
A8-3530MX 4 1.9-2.6GHz 4MB Radeon HD 6620G 400 444MHz 45W
A8-3510MX 4 1.8-2.5GHz 4MB Radeon HD 6620G 400 444MHz 45W
A8-3500M 4 1.5-2.5GHz 4MB Radeon HD 6620G 400 444MHz 35W
A6-3410MX 4 1.6-2.3GHz 4MB Radeon HD 6520G 320 400MHz 45W
A6-3400M 4 1.4-2.3GHz 4MB Radeon HD 6520G 320 400MHz 35W
A4-3310MX 2 2.1-2.5GHz 2MB Radeon HD 6480G 240 444MHz 45W
A4-3300M 2 1.9-2.5GHz 2MB Radeon HD 6480G 240 444MHz 35W
E2-3000M 2 1.8-2.4GHz 1MB Radeon HD 6380G 120 400MHz 35W

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Llano to have a stronger emphasis on graphics than Intel's Sandy Bridge
Wireless Display and CrossFire (Dual Graphics)
OpenCL and USB 3.0 support
AMD touts longer battery life with its Llano platform
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Klaus Hinum/Allen Ngo, 2011-06-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)