AMD to launch Brazos 2.0 in June, desktop APUs in August
This and next quarter AMD plans to release new generation of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). Soon to be available microprocessors will use enhanced microarchitecture, and feature significantly improved on-chip graphics, codenamed Graphics Core Next (GCN). There were a couple of reports in the past month, placing the launch of first mobile APUs in the middle of May. Release date for the APUs was confirmed last week by DigiTimes. They also revealed launch dates of desktop APUs, and ultra low voltage processors from Brazos 2.0 platform.
Currently we know about three different mobile SKUs, that apparently will launch this week: dual-core A6-4400M, and quad-core A8-4500M and A10-4600M. There may be fourth SKU with two cores and A4-4300M model number. New mobile processors are built on Piledriver (enhanced Bulldozer) micro-architecture. They integrate HD 7000-series graphics, and have much higher processor frequencies, than previous generation of "Llano" mobile chips. DigiTimes' sources claim that "Trinity" mobile processors will be 50% faster in graphics applications, or 25% faster on average in wide range of applications. New CPUs are expected to be priced lower than Intel's Ivy Bridge counterparts, that offer similar level of performance.
AMD E1-1200 and E2-1800 entry level microprocessors will be available in June. These APUs are part of Brazos 2.0 platform, and they are built on Bobcat microarchitecture. The E1-1200 and E2-1800 have two cores, 1.4 GHz and 1.7 GHz frequencies, and ultra-low power consumption.
In August, AMD will release desktop A-Series APUs. Specifications of these models were known since February. A4- and A6-Series of processors have two CPU cores, and A8- and A10-Series have twice as many CPU cores, larger L2 cache and more powerful GPU. Both dual-core and quad-core APUs will be offered with locked and unlocked clock multiplier.
Also in the third quarter, AMD will launch FX-8350, FX-6300 and FX-4320 high performance processors. These parts will integrate from 4 to 8 cores, shared L3 cache and will lack on-chip graphics. Clock speeds of FX parts are not known at this time.
AMD "Hondo" processors for tablets will be available in the forth quarter 2012. These APUs will be built on 40nm process.
Related News (newer articles):
Jul 01, 2012: HP computers with AMD A8-5500 and A10-5700 APUs sold in US
Jun 11, 2012: AMD reveals details of desktop "Trinity" APUs
Jun 06, 2012: AMD Brazos 2.0 platform is announced
May 16, 2012: AMD debuts second-generation mobile APUs
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Feb 15, 2012: AMD Trinity Desktop APU Specs Revealed
Feb 12, 2012: AMD's CPU and APU Line-Up thru Q3 2012
Oct 26, 2011: New AMD Bobcat APUs in Q1/Q2 2012