Thursday, June 2, 2011

Computex 2011: AMD announces solution for tablet PC

AMD, at its press conference at Computex 2011, announced a new 40nm Z series APU codenamed Desna to target the tablet PC market, according to Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President and General Manager Products Group, AMD.

In 2012, the company will advance its Z series APU to a new structure with a codename Hondo. The Hondo-based Z series APU will have an even lower power consumption to allow it to become more suitable for tablet PC products.

Bergman pointed out that AMD's tablet PCs will be deeply integrated with operating systems such as Windows to support HTML 5, Adobe Flash 10.2 and external screens, and will add enterprise-level security functions to make them suitable also for the enterprise market.

Bergman, at the conference, also displayed AMDs 28nm Trinity APU, which is set for mass production in 2012.

AMD also announced its 9-series chipset, a part of AMD's new desktop Scorpius platform. In addition to the chipset, the Scorpius platform is formed with an eight-core Zambezi processor and Radeon HD 6000 series discrete graphics card.

The 9-series chipset supports AMD's AM3+ CPU and is backward compatible with AM3-based CPUs. With native support for AMD's CrossFireX, the chipset can support up to four Radeon graphics cards and through AMD's OverDrive software, the chipset can also manage the clock speed of each card.

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