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.
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.