Just as Intel Corp. gears up for its annual Intel Developer Forum next week, its arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices plans to spoil the event with the live demonstration of its hybrid processor code-named Zacate just meters away from the convention centers, where the IDF is set to take place.
Next week in San Francisco, California, AMD will unveil the first North America public demonstrations of its accelerated processing unit (APU) codenamed “Zacate,” a new dual-core, 18W TDP processor containing DirectX 11-class graphics capabilities on die. Zacate APU-based platforms bring many of the vivid digital computing experiences into the opening price points of the low-cost and mainstream segments.
According to AMD, the demonstration will include fully accelerated playback of 1080p video, PC video games and other types of usage, including GPU-accelerated software.
AMD's low-power APUs Ontario and Zacate will generally have similar designs and similar set of capabilities. Both low-power APU versions feature two “Bobcat” x86 cores and graphics processing engine derived from code-named ATI Cedar chip that fully support DirectX11, DirectCompute and OpenCL. Both APUs also include a new UVD dedicated hardware acceleration for HD video including 1920x1080 (1080p, full-HD) resolutions.