AMD will go all-out with the release of its new APU lineup, Kabini, Temash and Richard notebooks, expected to be the company’s highlights during the last semester of 2013 and the beginning of 2014. The new Jaguar Architecture will be the AMD’s trump card, leaving Richland with the secondary role, ready to take on the competition such as the Atom Clover trail and ARM chips.
We’ve been waiting since the beginning of the year for the official launch of the APU lineup from AMD, and the moment has finally come. Kabini and Temash are brand new faces, since Richland was announced in March. These 3 APUs will be oriented to the mobile market: Kabini will cover low-end and mid-range with affordable ultrathins and noebooks, Temash will cover tablets and hybrids, and Richland will cover high-end notebooks. AMD has optimized these three APUs to be very low resource-consuming.
Like we said, Kabini and Temash will be AMD’s trump card, because they will be aimed at the tablet, ultrathin and notebook markets. These APUs’ main features will be the new Jaguar Architecture and GCN graphics, the same combination included in the new PS4 and Xbox ONE video game consoles.
Jaguar is Kabini’s evolution under the construction process in 28 nm. In comparison to the current Bodcat cores, it has more IPC (instructions per cycle), two more cores, and the transition from 32 nm to 28 nm. The GPU leaves behind the old Bodcat’s VLIW 5 and VLIW4 (Trinity, Richland) architectures, in favor of the current GCN model (HD 7000 graphics). As expected, it will feature 128 SP cores, which become 2 CU (computer unit). Unlike the Richland APU, which keep the maximum of 384 SP but decrease with the inferior models, Kabini and Temash will offer 128 SP for all of their integrated GPUs, varying only in frecuency. This architecture (Jaguar+GCN) will be featured in both Kabini and Temash, optimized in the latter for low resource-consuming units. These APU will be a complete SoC, since they integrate the SB in the core (Hudson FCH, “Fusion Controller Hub.”)
Five different APU Kabini models will hit the market, ranging from 15W to 25W, with 4 and 2 cores and support for 1600 MHz memories at 1333 MHZ DDRL3.
There will be three APU Temash models, ranging from 3.9W (which will make it the direct competition for ARM chips and Intel ATOMS) to 9W. The A6-1450 model will be the only one featuring turbo core technology, making it high-performance while still being lo resource-consuming (8W). This will be the base model for tablets and hybrids.
In the top-performance notebook category we have Richland, leaving the desktop models for Juny. These models will be seen in high-performance notebooks (like the latest MSI models) and ultrathins, AMD’s competition for ultrabooks. The latter have been optimized to consume 17W, 19W or 25W, each option giving you a different balance between performance and resource-consumption.