AMD’s latest APU series offer better graphics performance and battery life

Infotech Lead America: AMD’s latest additions to its 2013 A-Series and E-Series Mobile Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) lineup are designed for touch small form-factor notebooks, tablets, and hybrids of 13-inches or less.

As users nowadays demand higher performance from the software present on a diverse range of mobile devices, the new APUs are designed to balance the needs of new and traditional mobile PC users. The 2013 AMD Elite Mobility APU which was formerly known as ‘Temash’ is a 28nm, quad-core x86 system-on-a-chip (SoC) APU.

The 2013 AMD Mainstream APU, known as ‘Kabini’ is a quad-core x86 SoC solution designed for entry-level and small-form factor touch notebooks.

Low power versions of the 2013 AMD Elite Performance APU, formerly codenamed ‘Richland’ deliver graphics and compute in a performance APU for premium ultrathin notebooks. End users can now experience even superior HD media and high-end gaming.

Computing continues to become more visual. The graphics processor is now being leveraged to do other types of processing to deliver a superior user experience on a tablet, a hybrid device or a notebook.

This new platform is available in dual (A4) and quad-core (A6) configurations that combine the ‘Jaguar’ x86 Central Processing Unit (CPU) cores with Graphics Core Next AMD RadeonT HD 8000 Series graphics.

Up to 172 percent more CPU performance per watt and up to 212 percent better graphics performance per watt than its predecessor and up to 12 hours of resting battery life.

AMD estimates that the Radeon HD 8280G video core in an Elite Mobility A6 is around five times faster a Clover Trail-based Atom and twice as fast as Hondo. The Turbo Dockfeature is in place to boost speeds by over 30 percent when a dock is around for extra cooling. Users will also get full support for 1080p touch display capability and full Microsoft Windows compatibility, including support for “Windows Blue.”

Two or four “Jaguar” x86 CPU cores combined with Graphics Core Next AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics boost visual performance as well as battery life.

Quad core 2013 Mainstream APUs  are the first and only quad-core x86 solution for entry-level and small-form factor touch notebooks. Dual core versions are AMD E-Series APUs, of which E1 and E2 models are available.

This series offers up to 132 percent better visual performance per watt, up to 127 percent better productivity performance per watt, up to 25 percent improved power efficiency than previous generations alongwith up to 11 hours of idle battery life.

AMD claims to now provide between 39-72 percent better gaming performance alongwith up to 88 percent better graphics performance and 29 percent faster file compression than the competition.

The AMD A-Series APUs with A8 and A10 models that offer crisp graphics and compute in a performance APU at a great value for premium ultrathin notebooks.

This series offers up to 12 percent better productivity performance, between 20-40 percent better visual performance than the previous generation and up to 51 percent more power efficiency in HD video playback combined alongwith up to 13 hours of resting battery life.

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