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Advanced Micro Devices said Thursday that it had started to ship its next-generation low-power, low-cost accelerated processing units code-named Kabini for revenue. The new chips will improve AMD’s position on the market of low-cost desktops, laptops and convertibles. The company did not reveal specifications of the new ships it currently sells.

“We have started volume shipments of Kabini in the first quarter and have a strong portfolio of high volume entry-level design wins based on its substantial performance and battery life improvements,” said Rory Read, chief executive officer of AMD, during quarterly conference call with financial analysts.

AMD A-series and E-series accelerated processing units code-named Kabini integrate up to four Jaguar x86 cores, AMD Radeon HD graphics adapter based on GCN [graphics core next] architecture, DDR3 memory controller as well as rich input-output capabilities. The all-new Jaguar x86 micro-architecture, new GCN-based graphics engine and other improvements are expected to deliver an increase of more than 50% in performance in PCMark Vantage over the previous generation of AMD essential computing APUs (codenamed “Brazos 2.0”).

AMD in general has strong expectations for its mobile APU business this year thanks to introduction of code-named Temash chips for media tablets and fanless designs and generally improved portfolio of chips.

“This year we will have the broadest range of mobile processors in our history spanning from sub-4W to 35W. We have introduced our newest A-series ‘Richland’ APU for the mainstream client market and have secured innovative and premium design wins. […]. As part of our strategy to win new client form-factors we are ramping production of ‘Temash’ and support of the ultra-low power and fanless designs. Temash beat the competition and is ideal for tablets, hybrids and convertibles. We have a strong portfolio of customer offerings coming to market and we expect this will spur demand as a back half of 2013 and provide us with an opportunity to grow share,” said Mr. Read,

Many of the new design wins of AMD come with touch-screens and will bring the full Windows 8 experience more broadly to main stream and entry price points.

Tags: AMD, Kabini, Jaguar, GCN, Temash, 28nm

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If Microsoft doesn't utilise an AMD Temash/ Kabini APU design in one of their flagship tablet/hybrid products, then AMD should rip up the Windows only agreement and support Linux tablet designs - Android, Chrome, Ubuntu, etc.
2 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/19/13 01:45:35 AM]
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0 4 [Posted by: hkultala  | Date: 04/19/13 01:57:40 AM]
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Above now qualified, although I do believe the article is about mobile APUs. The Xbox APU isn't a mobile chip.
3 2 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/19/13 02:38:57 AM]
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Xbox uses exactly same cores, on both CPu and graphics side. And the xbox apu chip itself Is much closer to "mobile chips" than "desktop chips" where those differ.

So your point about "xbox apu not being a mobile chip" is meaningless.
0 2 [Posted by: hkultala  | Date: 04/19/13 10:19:07 AM]
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Rubbish. Don't try to cover for your initial misunderstanding of the subject matter.
1 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/20/13 12:51:17 AM]
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None of your assumptions are really correct, you will know when the xbox product is launched.
1 2 [Posted by: vanakkuty  | Date: 04/21/13 09:33:31 AM]
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MS did no favors for AMD APU in the next XBOX since that was its only choice.
0 0 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 04/19/13 10:01:06 AM]
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I agree that AMD seriously needs to look at Android since Microsoft is only using Nvidia and Intel in their Tablets. Intel and Nvidia is also supporting Android, I don`t get why AMD is so loyal to Wintel.
4 0 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 04/19/13 10:00:50 AM]
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AMD only has a real advantage when couple with Windows. If it can get enough design wins in this market, it shouldn't waste chips on platforms where it's less likely to sell well, regardless of what Microsoft does. If it can't get enough design wins for Windows devices, it's unlikely to have much success with other platforms anyway.
1 0 [Posted by: ET3D  | Date: 04/21/13 12:46:33 AM]
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Despite the haters AMD continues to roll out industry segment leading APUs in mobile as well as desktop and now in tablets. It's all good for consumers.
9 3 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 04/19/13 05:05:26 AM]
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If APU Temash keep the battery 5-6 hours on Wi-Fi-7 inch tablet, AMD is on the right track.Tablet market is huge.
.Intel and AMD should support Android. Anrodid tablets are cheap.They should not be a link only to Microsoft.
2 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 04/21/13 10:46:19 AM]
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