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AMD Z-01 APU now shipping to manufacturers

The Asus WinPad 110W will be one of the first tablets to incorporate the new Z-series processor

The Fusion Z-series roadmap was leaked just over a week ago, but AMD is now ready to ship its new tablet-focused processor to manufacturers.

Codenamed “Desna,” the dual-core AMD Z-01 APU incorporates a Radeon HD 6250 GPU with a TDP of only 5.9 watts. As with other Fusion chips, the Z-01 supports 1080p playback through HDMI as well. What makes the new chip more unique, however, is its ability to increase the clock speed of a single core for improved computing speeds. The technique, called Turbo Core, is similar to Intel’s TurboBoost technology.

The Fusion Z-01 APU was introduced at Computex 2011 and will be making its debut on the MSI WinPad 110W. Previously revealed at CeBIT 2011, the 110W has since had its specs upgraded. This 10-inch tablet will now sport Windows 7, 2GB DDR2 RAM, up to 64GB SSD and 6 hours of battery life. Additionally, the WinPad 110W will come with a 1280x800 resolution IPS screen, making it quite the high-end Windows tablet. An exact release date for the Fusion-equipped 110W is not yet known.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-06- 4 (Update: 2012-05-26)