AMD Showcases Processor Roadmap for 2013

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Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager, of Global Business Units at AMD presented the company’s 2013 mobile processor lineup with a roadmap for the rest of year at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. Su started the press conference by talking about AMD’s commitment to what they call “surround computing.” To put it simply, surround computing is the term AMD uses to explain the fact that using a computer or other smart device which is powered by a processor has evolved in three major ways:

  • Computing is now multi-platform: everything from smart eyeglasses to wall-size smart TVs and every computing device in between
  • It’s fluid: realistic visual output, natural human input from touch to gestures
  • It’s intelligent: PCs and software anticipate our individual needs

This core concept of surround computing is driving what AMD is doing over the course of 2013 and possibly beyond. Surround computing might sound a little ambiguous, but it has very concrete ways of being implemented. For starters, AMD is evolving its Eyefinitiy technology to allow for the new AMD Screen Mirror. 

AMD Screen Mirror is designed to enable the transmission and display of your PC screen on other compatible networked “mirror” devices from smartphones and tablets to wireless monitors or smart HDTVs. AMD Screen Mirror will only be available on upcoming AMD A10, A8 and A6 APUs codenamed “Richland” and upcoming AMD A6 and A4 APUs codenamed “Temash” … which moves us to the processor lineup for 2013.

In the “performance” category of laptop processors AMD will soon release its “Richland” family of A6, A8, and A10 Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). These processors deliver 20 to 40 percent more performance than previous generation APUs basd on AMD’s testing, and deliver better battery life and several software innovations like the previously mentioned AMD Screen Mirror and AMD Gesture Control which uses the built-in webcam inside your laptop, tablet, smart TV or other device to recognize hand movements in much the same way that the Xbox Kinect sensor recognizes hand gestures now.

Next, in the “ultrathin” segment AMD will offer the “Kabini” family of A4 and A6 APUs. This group of processors should deliver a 50+% performance increase compared to AMD’s “Brazos 2.0″ chips as well as more than 10 hours of battery life according to AMD. Kabini should perform well against third generation Intel Core i3 processors. In fact, AMD showed one demo where a quad-core Kabini laptop ran a timed benchmark against an Ultrabook equipped with an Intel Core i3-3217U processor and the AMD laptop finished the benchmark in 47 seconds while the Intel Ultrabook took 67 seconds to complete the same test.

Last, but certainly not least, is “Temash” family of low-voltage A4 and A6 APUs designed for tablets and hybrid convertible notebooks. The Temash processors deliver up to 100% more graphics performance than the current “Hondo” family of low voltage processors. AMD also claims the Temash APUs are the “fastest x86 SoC for tablets.” In fact, since these are x86 processors it also means a Temash-powered tablet or hybrid convertible has full Microsoft Windows 8 compatibility and doesn’t have to be limited to Windows RT.

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