The AM1 accelerated processing units (APUs) will combine AMD's Graphics Core Next graphics processing with its Jaguar CPUs under the Athlon and Sempron brand names. The APUs will consist of up to four Jaguar cores and will work with up to 16GB of RAM. A number of motherboard manufacturers will be supporting the platform using the FS1b socket, including Asus, Gigabyte, and MSI.
The platform supports today's technology, such as USB 3.0, SATA 6GB/s, Direct X 11.2, and Windows 8.1, which it hopes to bring to consumers at a low price. How low? Reports are saying that AM1 processors could be available for as little at $60 when they start shipping in early April. The low cost will appeal to buyers in emerging markets, and the platform will also support Windows XP, which Microsoft is trying hard to retire.
While no systems have been announced yet that are based on the new platform, Asus has already introduced a pair of AM1 motherboards: the micro-ATX AM1M-A and the mini-ITX AM1I-A. Those form factors will be favored by the platform, so expect a lot of smaller desktops to use the AM1.