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The first family of its performance-mainstream accelerated processing units (APUs) for desktops that Advanced Micro Devices will introduce in July will include will include five A-series models with 65W or 100W thermal design power (TDP). Later in the year AMD will broaden the lineup of chips previously known under Llano code-name.

As reported previously, AMD A-series desktop APUs will have either four K10.5+/Husky x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-class "BeaverCreek" (320 or 400 stream processors) graphics core or two x86 cores and "WinterPark" (160 stream processors) integrated graphics engine. The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers, up to 4MB of cache, select processors may also feature AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology as well as a special multi-GPU graphics support.

The initial family of AMD A-series desktop chips due in Q3 2011 will include four quad-core microprocessors with 100W or 65W TDP, one dual-core flavours with 65W power consumption, according to a document seen by X-bit labs. Later during the third quarter the company also plans to release a dual-core low-end offering based on Llano design. In Q4 2011 the company is projected to refresh the A-series family with new A8, A6 and A4 models.

AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units Due in 2011
Model A8- 3560P A8- 3550P A8- 3560 A8- 3550 A6- 3460P A6- 3450P A6- 3460 A6- 3450 A4- 3360 A4- 3350 E2- 3250
Cores Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky
Core Count 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 2 2 2
Stream Core Count 400 400 400 400 320 320 320 320 160 160 160
Clock-Speed TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
GPU Clock-Speed TBD 594 MHz TBD 594 MHz TBD 443 MHz TBD 443 TBD 594 MHz 443 MHz
Radeon Brand HD 6550  HD 6550 HD 6550 HD 6550 HD 6530 HD 6530 HD 6530 HD 6530 HD 6410 HD 6410 HD 6370
Cache 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 2MB 2MB 1MB
Memory DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1600 MHz
Process Technology 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm
TDP 100W 100W 65W 65W 100W 100W 65W 65W 65W 65W 65W
Turbo Core TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
Packaging FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1
Launch Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011  Q4 2011  Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q4 2011 Q3 2011 Q3 2011

AMD and its partners pin a lot of hopes onto graphics capabilities of the A-series APUs. It is expected that the integrated graphics cores with up to 400 stream processors will offer performance that will by far exceed that of Intel Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" microprocessors and will thus attract attention of multimedia enthusiasts to the code-named Lynx desktop platform. In addition, AMD pins hopes onto compute capabilities of the integrated Radeon HD 6000-class graphics engine as well as applications that can be accelerated by stream processors in order to offer higher performance than competing offerings in general non-gaming applications.

The world's second largest supplier of microprocessors is projected to start commercial shipments of its A-series "Llano" chips - which will be made using 32nm silicon-on-insulator technology by Globalfoundries - on the week of July 20th, 2011.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Llano, ATI, Radeon, Fusion

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What is that "Husky" cores? I see K10.5 written there but I hope that's not true. If Llano will have the same really OLD K10.5 architecture inside ... then I wonder what has AMD been doing until now? I mean really? Really? No even moderate improvements in IPC on those cores ? Not much .. just 10% per core ... but SOMETHING ...
0 0 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 03/16/11 05:16:20 AM]
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its been designing bulldozer and bobcat. 2 completely new core designs... and releasing them in the same year.

and at the same time its added graphics and switched over to 32nm for llano.

and as with every shrink its unlikely that AMD passed up the opportunity to tweak the design. I dont except massive changes, but it wont be unchanged.

and llano is meant to serve about 80% of AMD's desktop market. its meant for normal OEM and budget computers. with a shrink to 32nm it should be a great cheap and economical chip for those systems.

all in all i think that's quit impressive that AMD is bringing 3 new different cores to market this year.
specially if the 2 designs still coming will as well received as bobcat was.
0 0 [Posted by: Countess  | Date: 03/16/11 10:33:21 AM]
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Yes, the Llano CPu core is a tweaked K10.5. From what I have read, this should bring about a 5% improvement in performance on a clock-for-clock basis.

This will be quite sufficient for general use and entry-level gaming.

Since it is has a relatively weak and outdated CPU (compared to Sandy Bridge and Bulldozer), Llano is of interest only if one plans to use the integrated GPU.

No one should buy Llano for its CPU and then disable the GPU. Better then to go with SB or BD.

Sometime late in 2012, There will be a Fusion APU with a revised Bulldozer CPU.
0 0 [Posted by: BernardP  | Date: 03/16/11 11:30:57 AM]
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Dont listen to the intel trolls.These are fantastic chips that will rule in budget gaming laptops and desktops, the application support for the APU is growing fast with double the amount of apps when Llano arrives, in where graphics/video worloads dominate such as video playing, internet browser acceleration like in IE9 etc this APUs will excel with Graphics that wipe the floor with expensive Intel chips, good power management and cold operation.
0 1 [Posted by: bereft  | Date: 03/16/11 07:47:46 AM]
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Agreed bereft, they seem like good chips for what they're meant to. On the roadmap they targeted a below 150$ price if I read it right, so for that money you have an improved Athlon II w/ integrated Radeon 5650.
I know I wouldn't mind a laptop with 2.5-3GHz dual core Llano w/ 400SP @500-600MHz.
0 0 [Posted by: dragosmp  | Date: 03/16/11 08:20:21 AM]
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then I wonder what has AMD been doing until now?


oh i dont know... maybe this and Bulldozer and Bobcat
0 0 [Posted by: ValiumMm  | Date: 03/17/11 06:24:51 AM]
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If you look at the Radeon cores that are being used several things really stand out. The HD 6370 is a 7 watt core as discrete GPU so they probably draw much less as APU. Clearly this is headed for laptops. These cores also have one other HUGE common denominator.

Here's a link for Radeon releases: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compa [...] sing_units

They were all released Nov 2010!!! If anybody does not believe that AMD Llano will eliminate the mid price point mass market for discrete gpu's then they really need to have a hard look at the facts.

AMD is releasing Radeon 6990 without quantity restrictions. Nvidia is releasing less than 1000 GeForce 590's. The 590 is a cherry picked dual gpu board. It may perform equal to or actually outperform Radeon 6990. But what good is it if you can't buy it? Or is the market for bleeding edge bragging rights also just not there?

The mass market supports new gpu core development. Without the sales of millions of discrete gpu's for legacy upgrades, the next generation doesn't get designed or if it does without the prospect of any mass sales volume then it becomes a very expensive piece of silicon.

A good example is the ATI FirePro and Nvidia Quadro brands. They simply do not have the mass volume sales to allow for a lower purchase price point of $2000-$3000.00, the demand is simply not there. Product refreshes are also not as frequent as the mass market again due to demand.

If AMD is using this year’s top discrete gpu design for next years Fusion APU then the discrete gpu market is most certainly dead. Will there be a reason to upgrade a one year old Llano box with the latest discrete GPU? For what gain other than bragging rights? And what would be the discrete GPU demand looking forward?

The real question becomes is that AMD’s plan? And if so how does Nvidia plan to keep the discrete market open? Does Nvidia license core designs to Intel?

The other question is just what does AMD plan to do with Bulldozer? It seems that Bulldozer will be the server, workstation or high performance desktop and gamers cpu. This is certainly not a mass market cpu. As a server obviously graphics are not needed beyond a motherboard integrated gpu. So there will be some demand for discrete gpu boards with Bulldozer.
The next question becomes. When does AMD release Bulldozer with an on die graphics core? Because Bulldozer will be the only market left open for discrete gpu’s.

Of course just how Intel intends to answer AMD will determine the future of Nvidia graphics. Arguably Intel cannot compete with the AMD/ATI library. Every few months AMD releases new graphics silicon, they are continually evolving that product to meet present market demand. Intel is not a graphic’s design house. But now they have to be to keep their CPU business competitive. That means they are designing graphics gpu’s to penetrate a market that is owned 100% by AMD and Nvidia.

AMD is now designing discrete GPU’s with the intention of integrating that design on-die for an APU release ONE YEAR LATER! That has to be an optimized model and as such just how can Nvidia compete with AMD if they don’t have that insight into Intel future release Architectures? Nvidia’s only market will be on an Intel Inside box.

Right now AMD is directing the future of CPU design. They have the edge over Intel with ownership of arguably the world’s best graphics design portfolio and gpu design team. And they have the cost edge over Nvidia as they simply sell a one year old core design on die to millions of consumers as an APU. For Intel to remain competitive they are forced into the same model and this model shuts out Invidia.

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0 0 [Posted by: akamateau  | Date: 03/20/11 07:32:27 AM]
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a bunch full of fanboy crap!
0 0 [Posted by: dudde  | Date: 03/23/11 08:46:17 AM]
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