AMD Announces 2014 Mobile APUs for Hybrid Tablets and Notebooks

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AMD, following on the footsteps of announcing its “Kaveri” high-performance Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), just announced its 2014 mobile APU product roadmap at the APU13 Developer Conference today. Offering more than twice the performance of previous generation AMD processors for fanless tablets, 2-in-1s and ultrathin notebooks, the APUs codenamed “Mullins” and “Beema” will hit the market in the first half of 2014 in entry-level and mainstream products.

The latest AMD APUs also support Microsoft InstantGo for faster wake times and to ensure data such as email actively refresh even when the device is in standby mode. Both of these new processor families are also the first to integrate a dedicated AMD-developed security processor based on the ARM Cortex-A5 featuring ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced data security. This will make AMD-powered tablets and notebooks far more appealing to businesses that use these devices for point-of-sale transactions.

The Mullins and Beema APUs use either two or four “Puma” CPU cores and AMD Radeon graphics on a 28nm system-on-chip (SoC) architecture. Unfortunately, unlike the high-performance Kaveri chips, these mid-range and low-end chips won’t have heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access (hUMA). This isn’t a deal breaker considering the performance boost and the security benefits that Mullins and Beema bring to the table, but it is something of a letdown considering how important hUMA is the the future of AMD’s accelerated processors.

The full specs for all the new processors are planned to launch (with their full list of public model names) in the first half of next year and will be demonstrated at CES 2014 as part of a full suite of AMD-powered products that will also be announced at that time.

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