by Anton Shilov
04/04/2013 | 06:54 PM
Advanced Micro Devices on Thursday published a video with live demonstrations of a reference-design business tablet as well as multimedia-oriented convertible notebook-tablet device. Both designs are based on the company’s next-generation accelerated processing units and both appear to offer rather competitive functionality.
AMD showcased the first business-oriented tablet design based on quad-core Temash accelerated processing unit (with up to four Jaguar x86 cores and Radeon HD 7000-class graphics engine) that was developed by Compal. The reference design fully supports Turbo Dock technology and thus comes with a “dock” containing a keyboard, additional ports as well as active cooling system that blows additional air to cool-down the tablet when it is docked and its chips operate at higher frequency.
AMD Turbo Dock technology automatically adjusts performance of the AMD accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC/convertible/tablet is docked and being used for more complex tasks like content creation. Likewise, AMD Turbo Dock is designed to lower power consumption when in tablet mode, helping to save battery life and extend movie or video watching, as well as web browsing time. AMD Turbo Dock technology is expected to appear this year on equipped hybrid systems built around the system-on-chip (SoC) codenamed “Temash”.
The technology seems to work perfectly and the reference design system dynamically adjusts performance of the APU depending on power supply. The only caveat is that during the demonstration the AMD spokesman had to manually inform the system about the incoming undocking.
Separately, AMD demonstrated AMD A6 “Kabini”-based reference design (developed by Wistron) of a convertible notebook-tablet. Even though A6 “Kabini” (four Jaguar x86 cores, Radeon HD 7000-class graphics engine) will belong to low-power/entry-level family of solutions, the convertible with the APU inside could easily run Torchlight II video game in 1920*1080 resolution at around 25fps in DirectX 11 mode. Such performance levels were previously available only on notebooks and desktops. Thanks to new APU, the game can be played on high-performance convertible tablets as well.
It is noteworthy that for both demonstrations AMD used reference designs of convertible tablets with detachable keyboards, similar to code-named North Cape design that its arch-rival Intel Corp. used to demo power-efficiency of its next-generation Haswell microprocessors. As it appears, just like its bigger rival, AMD puts a lot of attention onto hybrid devices.