AMD's APU roadmap features Tablets and Ultrathins

AMD shows an ultrathin laptop which might be capable of being compared with Intel’s UltraBook
Pallab Jyotee Hazarika,

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Intel’s Ultrabook can now be predicted as most anticipated and desired devices because of its ultimate look and high portability. AMD also does not seem to be lagging far behind them as they also have recently showed off an ultrathin laptop measuring 18mm.

This Compal built notebook is powered by AMD’s next generation Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), the Trinity. This device is expected to cost about $900. AMD has also claimed that this device will have a better battery life compared to Intel’s equivalent.

Apart from new the notebooks they are also preparing to release a tablet segment, which has an ultra low power processor code-named as the Hondo. These processors will mostly target the Windows 8 based tablets and will have DirectX 11 capable integrated graphics.

AMD also has plans for 2013 to make all its APUs at 28nm. These processors will have more powerful graphics core that is based on the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture which is used on its new Radeon HD 7970 desktop graphics cards.

Intel will also soon be releasing their 22nm Ivy Bridge processors but it is expected that the new AMD processors will have a better performance from these of Intel’s. AMD has seen its APU’s appearing in a number of mainstream notebooks by now and they might be counting on the same manufacturers to upgrade to Trinity chip, which will be released by the middle of this year. 


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2012-02- 5 (Update: 2013-09-10)