AMD’s Microprocessor Refresh Schedule Gets Published

AMD’s New Richland, Kabini and FX Chips Launch Dates Revealed

by Anton Shilov
02/05/2013 | 11:50 PM



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.