AMD unveils new APU line up

Accelerated Processing Units combine multi core CPU and graphics processors for better performance

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AMD unveils new APU line up The AMD Fusion APUs are designed for superior graphics and computing performance.
By  Mark Sutton Published  January 4, 2011

AMD has announced details of its new integrated line of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs).

The AMD Fusion APUs incorporate a multi-core, x86 CPU technology, DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and parallel processing engine, a dedicated high-definition video acceleration block, and a high-speed bus that speeds data across the differing types of processor cores within the design.

The new processors have been designed to give better playback and graphics performance, particularly with high definition content, better overall processing power, and better power consumption.

The range includes two low power versions, the C and E series, codenamed ‘Brazos’, which use the new x86 ‘Bobcat’ core, designed for mobile performance, and the A Series, codenamed ‘Llano’ a 32nm APU with up to to four x86 cores and a DirectX 11-capable discrete-level GPU, for mainstream notebook and desktop devices.

“We believe that AMD Fusion processors are, quite simply, the greatest advancement in processing since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,” said Bernard Biolchini, VP of Sales and general manager of AMD Middle East, Turkey and Africa. “In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that can deliver all-day battery life. It’s a new category, a new approach, and opens up exciting new experiences for consumers.”

AMD says devices based on he new APUs should become available between Q1 and mid-year.

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