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AMD reveals new APU in Abu Dhabi

The Llano APU is designed to increase battery life, provide discrete level graphics

AMD reveals new APU in Abu Dhabi
AMD, ATIC and Globalfoundries revealed the new AMD APU at an event at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

AMD's latest 32nm Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), code-named Llano was revealed to audiences by AMD, Globalfoundries and ATIC at an event to showcase Abu Dhabi's role in developing high-tech computing held at Ferrari World this week.

The new APU, manufactured by AMD, Globalfoundries and an ATIC portfolio company, is designed to help increase battery life and provide consumers with discrete-level graphics capabilities.

"The manufacturing of the upcoming Llano APUs are a great proof point to the strategic investment partnership between ATIC, Mubadala, AMD and Globalfoundries in this increasingly global industry. Through investments in Globalfoundries' Fab 1 facility in Dresden, Germany - where the Llano APU is manufactured - ATIC is driving advances in technology that will meet increasingly sophisticated customer demands and market needs," said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC.

According to Bergman, the upcoming APU as well as the AMD C and E series Fusion APUs are a breakthrough for modern computing and huge leap forward in the technology industry.

"Our Llano Fusion APU will enable consumers to enjoy a brilliant high definition experience along with unprecedented discrete-level GPU compute power for a notebook PC," said Bergman. "We are very excited to be here in Abu Dhabi to share with the region firsthand what the AMD Fusion family of APUs will mean for the industry moving forward as well as highlight the role of Globalfoundries in helping us bring our 32nm APUs to market." 

Jim Ballingall PhD VP of Marketing for Globalfoundries said that the Llano APU is a global milestone and will play a large role in promoting Abu Dhabi in the advanced technology industry.

"The visionary investment strategy of our partner ATIC is not only changing the face of Abu Dhabi, but it also is playing a major role in reshaping the landscape of the entire semiconductor industry. The collaboration with AMD to bring Llano to market is a milestone on many fronts, representing the first High-k Metal Gate product to be manufactured by any foundry and the first product from AMD to come to market on 32nm technology."

Speakers at the event also included; Sami Issa executive director of Abu Dhabi Ecosystem Unit - ATIC; Daniel Durn, executive director of Strategy and Investment - ATIC; and Dirk Wristers, PhD, Vice President of Technology Research & Development at Globalfoundries.  

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