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Leaked roadmap reveals AMD Z-series CPU

AMD to release new Fusion APU designed for tablets with low power consumption but high performance

AMD is reportedly preparing its next lineup in the popular Fusion series of integrated CPU and GPU chipsets.

According to a recently leaked roadmap, AMD will be soon be introducing the new Fusion Z-series aimed specifically at tablets. The series, codenamed “Desna,” will specialize in low thermal design power (TDP), but should have the ability to support gaming and HD media as well. It will also be compatible with DirectX 11, Adobe Flash video acceleration, and other visual effects for enhanced user experiences.

At this point, technical details are still a mystery, but Fudzilla predicts that the new APU will likely be based on the same core architecture as that of the current C-series and G-series for netbooks. Since the Z-series will be built for tablets, the chips will probably offer extended battery lives when released. It will definitely have some competition from Intel, however, as Atom-based tablets are expected to boom sometime later this year.

More info on the Fusion Z-series, including possible release dates, should be announced in the coming months.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-05-28 (Update: 2012-05-26)