AMD's Fusion "Llano" APUs to Cost from $70

AMD A-Series APU Expected to Be Affordable

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
Cores Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky Husky
Core Count 4 4 4 4 2 2
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
Cache 4MB 4MB 4MB 4MB 2MB 1MB
Memory DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1866 MHz DDR3, 1600 MHz
Process Technology 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm 32nm
TDP 100W 65W 100W 65W 65W 65W
Packaging FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1 FM1
Launch Q3 2011 Q3 2011  Q3 2011 Q3 2011 Q3 2011 Q3 2011
Price $170 $150 $130 $110 $80 $70

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.