by Anton Shilov
08/17/2011 | 05:33 PM
The world’s second largest supplier of PC microprocessors, Advanced Micro Devices, on Wednesday introduced its most-affordable A-series accelerated processing unit (APU) with three x86 cores, integrated DirectX 11 graphics engine and sub-$100 price-point. The company also said that so far it had shipped twelve million APUs.
The AMD A-3500 accelerated processing unit has three x86 “Husky” cores running at 2.1GHz clock-speed (with 2.40GHz Turbo Boost frequency), Radeon HD graphics engine with 320 stream processors operating at 444MHz, 3MB level-two cache as well as dual-channel DDR3 memory controller. The chip is designed for FM1 infrastructure and has 65W thermal design power (TDP).
It is noteworthy that AMD’s A-3500 APU has never been mentioned in the company’s documents until recently. The release of the A-3500 accelerated processing unit for desktops indicates that the company wants to offer a reasonably-priced yet competitive chip for the back-to-school season.
AMD also said on Wednesday that it had shipped more than twelve million of its popular APUs, including A-series “Llano” as well as C-/E-series “Ontario”/”Zacate chips. The chip designer indicated that its APUs are the fastest-ramping microprocessors in the company’s history.
The AMD A6-3500 desktop APU is now available for purchase through system builders and online retailers for $95.