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At the Consumer Electronics Show 2013, Advanced Micro Devices revealed the lineup of its client accelerated processing units (APUs) due in 2013. As expected, the firm plans to release a brand-new generation of low-power system-on-chips. In addition, the firm said it had begun to ship improved A-series “Richland” APUs. Surprisingly, AMD hopes to launch code-named Kaveri chips this year as well.

AMD demonstrated working silicon of its first true system on chip (SoC) APUs, codenamed “Temash” and “Kabini” with all-new Jaguar x86 cores and graphics core next (GCN) Radeon HD graphics, which will be the industry’s first quad-core x86 system-on-chips. Both APUs are scheduled to ship in the first half of 2013. Demonstrations included a range of leading-edge applications and games on a “Kabini”-based ultrathin notebook and a “Temash”-based performance tablet and hybrid notebook.

AMD also introduced the new APU codenamed “Richland” which is currently shipping to OEMs and delivers visual performance increases ranging from more than 20% (compared to AMD A10-4600M) to up to 40% (compared to AMD A8-4555M). AMD A-series Fusion “Richland” APUs feature up to four Piledriver x86 cores as well as AMD Radeon HD graphics with VLIW4 architecture (in general, Richland is something like Trinity 2.0) and is expected to come bundled with new software for consumers such as gesture- and facial-recognition to expand and enhance consumers’ user experiences.

The follow-on to “Richland” will be the 28nm APU codenamed “Kaveri” with revolutionary heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) features which is expected to begin shipping to customers in the second half of 2013.

“With a groundbreaking new APU line-up in 2013, AMD is poised to win in high-growth consumer segments. We are developing technologies with end users in mind – to bring true surround computing and immersive experiences to our everyday lives. It is exciting to bring our industry-leading APU technologies to market, including the industry’s first x86 quad-core SoC, while building on our leadership in graphics and gaming,” said Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of AMD global business units.

Tags: AMD, Kaveri, Kabini, Richland, Temash, Fusion, 28nm, 32nm, 40nm, Trinity

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Good to see that AMD is making a lot of progress in the APU market. Kaveri looks really impressive. I might just wait for Kaveri to come out in the second half of this year to build my new system around to replace my old AM2+ system.
9 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/08/13 03:06:19 AM]
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What I would really like to know is what platform will Kaveri use.

Richland looks very good right now and knowing that AMD has promised platform continuity for FM2, I've been recommending Trinity builds to my clients with Richland upgrade path as a "sure thing."

The fact is that FM2 would be even more attractive if Kaveri will also be compatible with current motherboards.

One common desire for home and business clients is to have a long lived platform.

Investing in new systems every two years is not really good for the constrained budgets we've been dealing with during the past few years.
6 1 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 01/08/13 04:11:34 AM]
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I'm pretty sure kaveri is going to use the FM2 platform.
5 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/08/13 04:19:53 AM]
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AMD has stated that FM2 will be the APU platform for quite some time, which includes Kaveri.
5 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/08/13 07:10:49 AM]
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I read somewhere that Kaveri will use the FM2+ socket along with the new Bolton Chipset.
1 0 [Posted by: Waterford  | Date: 01/08/13 06:17:28 PM]
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2 6 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 01/08/13 06:44:28 AM]
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There is no doubt that AMD leads in the APU segment and has since it's inception. Their significant performance improvements in low power APUs are a good indication for future desktop models like Steamroller, seeing as though Kaveri uses Steamroller cores.
7 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 01/08/13 07:13:10 AM]
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This new line up is great, I can't wait for the Termesh Tablets to go on sale. But my only concern is the date for the availability of these APU's. All AMD say's is that Kabini and Termesh will be available in the 1H of 2013, and Kaveri in the 2H of 2013. And with the occasional hints that these PC's wont be fully available till June makes me think that the Kaveri APU's wont be available till the 4Q of 2013.
4 0 [Posted by: 78412  | Date: 01/08/13 07:29:35 AM]
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AMD's priority is to have an exceptional chip to offer for the TabletPC market.

This is a fast growing market that's full of missed opportunities for AMD so they need to have at least "something" if not "something good" to offer the gadget makers.

In AMD's world right now, something = Hondo and something good = Kabini and Temash.

The desktop market is not growing too much and any growth is achieved quite slow so Kaveri is not top priority.

Also I think they're still working on the Steamroller architecture.

Putting Jaguar first was a tremendously good idea from AMD's part and it doesn't really matter what AMD desktop DIY fans think about it.
6 1 [Posted by: East17  | Date: 01/08/13 08:16:04 AM]
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3 8 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 01/08/13 08:49:13 AM]
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1 8 [Posted by: cmnsense  | Date: 01/08/13 12:47:29 PM]
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exactly! they're good at making powerpoint road maps, but when it comes to execution and delivery they score zero!
0 1 [Posted by: RedDudde  | Date: 01/14/13 06:36:03 PM]
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CPU + Graphics = APU = ground breaking engineering
GPU compute on APU (HSA) = ground breaking computing

You can't accuse AMD of marketing spin. This is real innovation. Stop trolling and sucking eggs because Intel didn't invent it.
8 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 01/08/13 01:52:55 PM]
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linuxlowdown wrote: Stop trolling and sucking eggs
Your "oxford" background is seen from behind horizon.
2 3 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 01/08/13 09:13:24 PM]
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The PC as we know it is and always was a basic business tool. It was not a consumer item, what we see here is the market change from using a business unit as a consumer item. To a market segment aimed at the consumer, not the business community. Once we fiddlers with PC's get over the fact that high end computers are used by a small % of non business users, gamers etc. Intel has always catered for the commercial accounting, word processing and other commercial users which did not need anything more than basic graphics other than CAD etc with high end graphics. AMD has and is still the tinkers choice of CPU etc as they have made this their main sector or to put it another way they have always catered to the consumer market and generally done a good job and still do.
1 1 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 01/08/13 04:06:31 PM]
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all those news for APU how about none APU ike the FX8350 type upgrade does AMD HAS ANYTHING IN THE PIPE-LINE?
0 0 [Posted by: idonotknow  | Date: 02/22/13 11:13:19 PM]
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