AMD debuts AM1 platform using low-cost Kabini desktop processors

AMD debuts AM1 platform using low-cost Kabini desktop processors

Summary: The new platform will feature Athlon and Sempron APUs starting at $60 when it launches early next month.

TOPICS: PCs, Hardware, Processors

AMD hopes to reach developing regions and other budget markets with its new AM1 platform, which will deliver inexpensive desktop processors based on the company's Kabini architecture.

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.

Topics: PCs, Hardware, Processors

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  • AM1 with 4 cores are more than enough for Linux ....might become very popul

    That's what the market needs: a very low cost desktop with a free operating-system like Ubuntu. Ubutu as an office suite, a few web browsers, flash player, PDF reader. That's enough for many people. This solution could steal Intel and Microsoft market share.
    • the market needs more serfs?

      If you did any work, would you give it away or would you put value into it, which forces others to do the same in order to remain "competitive".

      If the market was about us and our ability to see value for OUR time and effort... but you may go on supporting the creation. Dr. Frankenstein was proud of his creation, too...
      • awww, who would flag widdle ol' me?

        Too scared of both responding to me directly and, more importantly, the truth?
    • p.s. stealing is a crime

      So you are advocating not only theft, but wanting everything for free and not putting in effort. Are you one of those commmieObama supporters or sumthin?
      • Free operating systems

        Ubuntu is a free but commercial OS created by Canonical which provides services to Ubuntu users. It is based on Debian which is produced by volunteers and available to users and businesses like Canonical who are free to modify it as long as they abide by the conditions in the licence. Some of the volunteers are companies which employ programmers to produce Free Software. Debian takes source code from places like the GNU project and the Linux kernel and compiles it and makes it all work. It takes a great deal of effort by lots of people to produce all this. Debian's expenses (such as the website) are met by donations from individuals and businesses including Intel, IBM and AMD. What was that about theft?
        • ask cp10000 about theft

          He used the analogy first.

          But I'm sure all those volunteers are happy that they did all sorts of work for free, like good little suckers, and driving down the value of others in the process.
          • What are you talking about?

            "This solution could steal Intel and Microsoft market share."
            This seems clear to me, but I'll spell it out. "Steal" here doesn't mean the breaking the law kind. You can't directly steal market share even if you tried. It's a figure of speech. And you must be new to FOSS. I suggest you do some reading.

            If you're trolling, you're going for gold huh. If not, then I suggest you have no business posting comments on a site like ZDNet if you are this ignorant of the computer industry. Do some reading first, then come back.
        • nope, I used it first

          That's okay. Not everybody realizes things at the same time or extent... ;-)

          but if it's not theft then the people were just plain stupid in allowing themselves to be fleeced... I'm sure they felt like good socialists, while dragging down everyone else just so others can profit at worker expense. That is what the market is or will demand. It's happened, in obfuscated form... and as more volunteer but realize they to need money to even live, it's all good. ;-)
    • have you heard of chromeOS?

      That's basically what you just described. Ubuntu has been around for years and there has been little market response to it. Chromebooks are doing relatively well considering the PC market is in decline.
  • Check your facts

    Kabini may be GCN, but it's only DX11.1 compliant.

    Might be a good mix for low-cost Win 8.1 with Bing desktops though. I'd certainly use one for general cloud and mobile app use. Not bad for a cheap office machine either. With that much RAM, you could create a pretty simple VDI or RDP server for a 5 user thin client MS Office setup too. Definitely a lot of value to the platform.
  • 16 GB?

    Limiting for a computer in today's world. With 64-bit and it's bloatware code becoming the norm and the environments these cheaper computers could easily be thrown into paired with people that will hang on to their computers until the day the caps all explode, these systems will be considered recycling scrap in about 3 years.
    • What are you saying...

      Most machines dont need 16GB of ram. hell I am a super power user and I dont have 16GB in either system. And every once in a while I do have to close something, yes... but not if I had 16GB. They are low power systems, 16GB will be MORE than enough.