by Anton Shilov
05/24/2011 | 11:09 PM
Desktop versions of code-named Llano accelerated processing units (APUs) by Advanced Micro Devices are likely to be rather inexpensive, which may make them popular among PC builders as well as end-users and will allow AMD to increase its market share. According to a media report, the new desktop chips will cost starting from $70.
As known from previous reports, the initial family of AMD A-series "Llano" APUs will include five chips and besides AMD will also offer a low-end E2-series solution featuring Llano design. The most affordable solution in FM1 form-factor will cost $70 (E2-3250), whereas the most powerful A-series chip will be priced at $170 (A8-3550P), according to a news-story by Donanim Haber. Low price and relatively high graphics performance of the incoming chips will indisputably make them popular during the back-to-school season.
|AMD A-Series Accelerated Processing Units Due in 2011|
|Model||A8- 3550P||A8- 3550||A6- 3450P||A6- 3450||A4- 3350||E2- 3250|
|Stream Core Count||400||400||320||320||160||160|
|GPU Clock-Speed||594 MHz||594 MHz||443 MHz||443||594 MHz||443 MHz|
|Radeon Brand||HD 6550||HD 6550||HD 6530||HD 6530||HD 6410||HD 6370|
|Memory||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1866 MHz||DDR3, 1600 MHz|
|Launch||Q3 2011||Q3 2011||Q3 2011||Q3 2011||Q3 2011||Q3 2011|
As reported previously, AMD A-series desktop APUs will have either four K10.5+/Husky x86 cores as well as Radeon HD 6000-class "BeaverCreek" (320 or 400 stream processors) graphics core or two x86 cores and "WinterPark" (160 stream processors) integrated graphics engine. The chips will support dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers, up to 4MB of cache, select processors may also feature AMD Turbo Core dynamic acceleration technology as well as a special multi-GPU graphics support.
Based on documents previously seen by X-bit labs, AMD A8- and A6-series APUs will compete against Intel Core i3-2100-series microprocessors, whereas the A4- and E2-series chips will rival Pentium and Celeron solutions.
AMD did not comment on the news-story.