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The world’s second largest supplier of PC microprocessors, Advanced Micro Devices, on Wednesday introduced its most-affordable A-series accelerated processing unit (APU) with three x86 cores, integrated DirectX 11 graphics engine and sub-$100 price-point. The company also said that so far it had shipped twelve million APUs.

The AMD A-3500 accelerated processing unit has three x86 “Husky” cores running at 2.1GHz clock-speed (with 2.40GHz Turbo Boost frequency), Radeon HD graphics engine with 320 stream processors operating at 444MHz, 3MB level-two cache as well as dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The chip is designed for FM1 infrastructure and has 65W thermal design power (TDP).

It is noteworthy that AMD’s A-3500 APU has never been mentioned in the company’s documents until recently. The release of the A-3500 accelerated processing unit for desktops indicates that the company wants to offer a reasonably-priced yet competitive chip for the back-to-school season.

AMD also said on Wednesday that it had shipped more than twelve million of its popular APUs, including A-series “Llano” as well as C-/E-series “Ontario”/”Zacate chips. The chip designer indicated that its APUs are the fastest-ramping microprocessors in the company’s history.

The AMD A6-3500 desktop APU is now available for purchase through system builders and online retailers for $95.

Tags: AMD, Llano, husky, Fusion, 32nm

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Congratulations AMD.

May Bulldozer, Fusion and the Radeon 7000 series be just the beginning of your progress towards 51% market share of the x86 CPU and discrete graphics card markets and prove that David can indeed slay not one, but two Goliaths at the same time.
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Where are those 12M APUs? Back-to-school is over, but I still haven't seen many PCs with APU inside, but most are Intel inside. Are they still in OEM's inventory and disti's shelf?
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Just a hunch: your place or even just ~social circle, libra4us, doesn't have to be very representative of the world at large (I know, shocking...)
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