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Advanced Micro Devices reportedly plans to refresh virtually all families of its central processing units (CPUs) and accelerated processing units (APUs) in the first half of the year, according to a report. While two out of three refreshes will only increase clock-speed, there will also be introduction of brand-new products code-named Kabini and Temash.

According to a media report, AMD intends to unveil its Fusion A-series code-named Richland APUs (also known as Trinity 2.0) for desktops already next month, on March 19, 2013. The mobile versions of the new A-series chips in BGA packaging are projected to emerge sometime in May, just in time for PC makers to start adopting the new microprocessors with embedded graphics for their product families due in back-to-school season.

The company also allegedly intends to unleash its highly-anticipated Fusion E-series and X-series “Kabini” chips for low-cost notebooks in in late-May – late-June timeframe. It is logical to expect the first PCs powered by the new APUs with faster Jaguar x86 cores and better graphics to be showcased at the Computex Taipei 2013 trade-show in early June. Since the chip is not going to have direct competitors from Intel Corp., AMD pins a d lot of hopes onto its new Fusion E-series and X-series APUs. Hopefully, AMD’s foundry partner will be able to produce the new chips using 28nm fabrication process in volumes.

It is also logical for AMD to demonstrate tablets with the code-named Temash chip inside at Computex to impress investors and customers with a new tablet offering. However, the particular launch schedule of Temash will depend on actual adoption of the chip by hardware manufacturers.

AMD is also supposed to release faster versions of its FX-series central processing units sometime in June, boosting clock-speeds and offering a low-cost alternative to Intel’s forthcoming Core i-series 4000-family “Haswell” microprocessors that will be revealed in early June.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: AMD, Kabini, Fusion, Richland, ATI, Radeon, Piledriver, Jaguar, Vishera


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Discussion started: 02/06/13 03:26:07 AM
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Rory Read's team is living up to the better execution and faster to market mantras. I'm most looking forward to Kaveri though. But I dare say, we won't see it until at least 4Q13 but more likely late 2Q14 because of slowing desktop sales not necessitating its speedy release. Richland is the fill-in until then that I suspect didn't require much R&D expenditure to engineer a slight increase in performance.

Does anyone know what happened to the rumour that AMD's Temash was going to make it into a Microsoft Surface Pro?
2 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/06/13 03:28:03 AM]

i was waiting to read more about kaveri but according to this refresh schedule it seems like AMD has now pushed karveri back until 2014. My guess is we prob won't see Kaveri until some time in Q1 of 2014.
2 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/06/13 03:58:42 AM]
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Actually, Semiaccurate is today suggesting that Kaveri could be launched to coincide with the AMD Developer Summit in San Jose 11-14 November 2013. So your 1Q2014 guess could well be right.
1 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/06/13 05:10:56 AM]
well could and actually are two diff things and as of right now karveri doesn't have a release date and according to this there was no mention of karveri in it's 2013 sechdule. So if this holds up to be legit then karveri will prob end up getting released next year.
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/06/13 05:41:09 AM]

Tom's says kaveri will be released on 2nd half of 2013. If that is so, extremely fast refresh for the APU's. I'm also guessing Q4 2013 for kaveri release.
3 0 [Posted by: aznjoka  | Date: 02/06/13 11:21:30 AM]
i remember them saying the same thing with bulldozer and it got pushed back 3 times. so i don't know how acurate amds roadmap actually is if they are basing it on a ballpark timeframe. because now this report would seem to conflict with the report toms was saying about karveri being released this years since this report mentions no word of karveri being released this year.
1 1 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 02/06/13 11:35:59 AM]

Hopefully GloFo and TSMC can deliver the goods as AMD seems to be ramping new products quickly - which is great for consumers.
3 0 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 02/06/13 10:15:03 AM]

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0 4 [Posted by: BigE_GA  | Date: 02/07/13 04:00:40 AM]
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Like you were there during the negotiations? Don't forget, AMD needed GPU technology for the HSA strategy. Perhaps Huang didn't share this vision. HSA should revolutionise computing. The first juicy taste will be in the form of Kaveri. When it comes up against Intel's finest in Handbrake benchmarks, there will be no competition.
2 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/07/13 07:51:33 AM]
I'll just say don't believe everything you read on the net about the merger stories.
2 1 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 02/07/13 08:47:36 AM]

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0 3 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 02/07/13 09:26:00 AM]
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HSA - CPU offloading work onto GPU compute in a unified architecture - is an innovation. Coming to a desktop near you. Its power will depend, in part, on software written for HSA but also the APU will be able to decided itself (I'm not quite sure how but probably through some heuristics), to offload some non-HSA optimised code onto the GPU. Yes, it should blow Intel out of the water in parallel processing. It is a much bigger deal than the birth of x64 instruction set. That is why AMD went all out to acquire ATI. Intel don't have a good answer to the HSA architecture at the moment - but it can do aggressive die shrinks. It's the blue hare and the green tortoise.
1 1 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 02/07/13 03:33:33 PM]
Unless some compelling reasons comes along where the world goes back on the tablet/ smartphone trends, PC market is not picking up. Gamers and content developers who will use a higher systems/workstations are in the minority when compared to the vast millions of users who just don't need a computer for anything other than watching media, play flash or HTML 5 games and do social networking on the go.

For this reason, you can be very sure AMD will not chase Intel on performance cores. If it happens by chance that Intel doesnt advance and AMD catches up? good for AMD then, but they are not going to actively chase Intel on pure performance. There are so many other marketing models out there proving you dont even need the fastest thing out there to make a ton load of money. AMD is changing to a company that works on design wins this ensure sales especially when the marketing and other business headaces are not AMD's problems anymore but the customer's

Take this example for instance: How people do you approximate actually cares or knows they have a Qualcomm Krait in their phones/tablets? Many wont even know what Qualcomm is. But their chips are everywhere and they are making the big bucks. Thats what AMD is focusing on now.

This doesn't mean the Client is ignored. There are high performance cores in line and on track. They will come out on time. But just don't expect K7/K8 days to be repeated anytime soon unless Intel drops the ball because there are engineering requirements and efforts to pursue such a performance deficits. This means larger teams and even multiple parallel teams working on various designs, a luxury Intel can afford but even they are dropping this model and have started this process since last year. AMD simply doesn't have that resource strength and frankly there is no need for that now given the market trends.

In this world of lower power maximal compute, trends are changing. You will even see Intel going this route where they drop the aggressive ramp of performance to go for more low power maximal performance possible.

1 1 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 02/07/13 07:18:20 PM]

Did you guys also read this in that Edge article?

"Though the architectures of the next-gen Xbox and PlayStation both resemble that of PCs, several development sources have told us that Sony’s solution is preferable when it comes to leveraging power. Studios working with the next-gen Xbox are currently being forced to work with only approved development libraries, while Sony is encouraging coders to get closer to the metal of its box. Furthermore, the operating system overhead of Microsoft’s next console is more oppressive than Sony’s equivalent, giving the PlayStation-badged unit another advantage."

Recap based on rumors:

- Worse GPU in Xbox 720 by at least 50% (1.2 Tflops DDR3 vs. 1.8 Tflops GDDR5 in Orbis)
- Higher OS overhead on Xbox 720, possibly necessitating 8GB of system memory and introducing more API overhead
- Harder to code to the metal due to MS's libraries
- Always on internet connection
- Xbove Live Gold fees
- No used games / sharing games with frients
- Most likely Kinect 2.0 bundles with every console to attract casuals.

So why would anyone put up with this console over PS4? The Xbox 720 sounds like a turd from all of these angles.
1 1 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 02/07/13 12:01:09 PM]
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This isn't really related to the AMD focus of this article but I'll reply.

I just find some of your conjecture difficult to believe. GPU may be worse, fine. I betcha the Xbox will be cheaper than the PS4. They'll make darn sure it runs games at 1080p or it doesn't make any sense to release it. Development libraries don't usually make it harder to code, they make it far far easier. Now for coding "to the metal", sure, but game developers are focusing on high-level code anyway. This is a design decision. I'm willing to bet that the MS libraries are able to make game developing easier while still exposing all the features of the hardware for use. This could enable more accessibility for developers and therefore more developing activity, a wider array of games, and more small shop games that make hits. That's the idea anyway. The middle-ware or game engine people can maybe have more flexibility with the Sony approach. 8GB of RAM sounds awesome, are you kidding? That's plenty to run Win7 or Win8 fast in a desktop, so I'm sure it can handle the narrower focus of a console's OS and games with plenty of margin.
1 0 [Posted by: mikato  | Date: 02/07/13 02:29:51 PM]


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