Advanced Micro Devices plans to refresh the lineup of its E-series inexpensive accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops in the third quarter of this calendar year. Performance boost will hardly be tangible and will include a slight increase in clock-speed and addition of AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology.
In Q3 2011 the company will launch E-450 and E-300 code-named Zacate accelerated processing units with two Bobcat cores, 80 stream processors, video decoding engine, 18W thermal design power (TDP) and so on, X-bit labs has learnt. The dual-core E-300 APU will substitute single-core E-240 chip, whereas the dual-core E450 will complement the existing E-350 with higher performance amid similar power consumption and FT1 form-factor.
The clock-speeds of the second breed of E-series desktop APUs will remain low - in the range between 1.30GHz and 1.65GHz - but thanks to Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology the new chips promise to offer noticeable speed improvement compared to the first models of Zacate APUs. It remains to be seen whether AMD will also refresh the Ontario APUs for netbooks as well.
In order to address the market of low-end desktops with more or less decent performance, AMD intends to release AMD E2-3250 APU that will be based on a low-end Llano design with two Husky CPU cores, cut-down Winterpark graphics engine with 160 stream processors, and will thus offer tangibly better performance compared to Zacate, but will have 65W TDP and FM1 packaging.
|AMD E-Series Accelerated Processing Units Due in 2011|
|Stream Core Count||160||80||80||80||80|
|Radeon Brand||HD 6370||HD 6320||HD 6310||HD 6310||HD 6310|
|Memory||DDR3, 1600MHz||DDR3, 1333MHz||DDR3, 1066MHz||DDR3, 1066MHz||DDR3, 1066MHz|
AMD did not comment on the news-story.