AMD launches low power 2011 platform with 4 new APUs

Yesterday, AMD launched new lower power platform, codenamed "Brazos". The platform is aimed at mobile devices, including ultra-thin notebooks, netbooks and tablets, and may also be used in desktop and embedded markets. At this time, AMD introduced 4 Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), that integrate one or two CPU cores with graphics processing unit, and feature very low power consumption. According to AMD, "Brazos" platform can deliver day long battery life. A number of laptop manufacturers, counting Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba, plan to announce mobile devices based on the low power platform.

New processors from "Brazos" platform are built on 40nm technology, and incorporate 1 or 2 "Bobcat" CPU cores, DDR3 memory controller, Direct-X 11 compatible graphics controller with video acceleration/decoding unit, and parallel processing engine. Based on their performance and power consumption, the line of APUs is broken into two series - E-series with 18 Watt Thermal Design Power and 500 MHz GPU, and C-series with 9 Watt TDP and 280 MHz GPU. E-series, formally codenamed "Zacate", currently consists of single-core E-240 APU, which operates at 1.5 GHz, and dual-core E-350, clocked at 1.6 GHz. C-series, codenamed "Ontario", is comprised of single-core C-30 1.2 GHz model, and dual-core C-50 1GHz APU. Microprocessors from both series are manufactured in BGA package. Specifications of 4 launched APUs are presented in the table below:

ModelCoresFrequencyL2 cacheTDPGPU Frequency
C-series C-3011.2 GHz512 KB9 Watt280 MHz
C-series C-5021 GHz1 MB9 Watt280 MHz
E-series E-24011.5 GHz512 KB18 Watt500 MHz
E-series E-35021.6 GHz1 MB18 Watt500 MHz

Comments: 3


2011-01-21 10:15:27
Posted by: Lucas

I think the process node is 40nm, and not 32nm.


2011-01-21 18:18:11
Posted by: gshv

You're right, it should 40nm. The story was corrected.

Process node

2011-02-15 08:51:36
Posted by: Robert

Yess the process node is 40nm and it's produced by TSMC.

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