AMD: Low power 'Kabini' APUs on track for 2013 launch

AMD: Low power 'Kabini' APUs on track for 2013 launch

Summary: Despite a disappointing fourth quarter and having to shed 15 percent of its workforce, AMD is still on track to deliver its new low power "Kabini" APU featuring 28-nanometer "Jaguar" cores during the first half of next year.

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Despite a disappointing fourth quarter and having to shed 15 percent of its workforce, AMD has confirmed that is has processors from its 2013 product line up already working in-house, and this includes the new low power "Kabini" APU.

"Kabini" has been designed to replace the "Brazos 2.0" low power platform, and will feature up to four x86 cores built on the new "Jaguar" 28-nanometer architecture. "Kabini" features a new memory controller that AMD promises will simplify netbooks and ultrathin notebooks designs.

The "Jaguar" architecture, which is the successor to the "Enhanced Bobcat" cores found in "Brazos 2.0" and "Hondo" APUs, offers significant advantages over the current "Bobcat" APUs. It has more cores, higher clock speed, higher number of executed instructions per clock, and support for modern instruction, including SSE4.1, SSE4.2, and MOVBE.

During a conference call with analysts, AMD chief executive Rory Read said: "We are making good progress with the bring up of Kabini, which remains on track to launch in the first half of next year."

Earlier this month, AMD unveiled details of its new Z-60 embedded "Hondo" APU, just in time for Windows 8 to hit PCs on October 26. The Z-60 brings together a powerful CPU and GPU into a single power-efficient package. The Z-60 is AMD's lowest power APU, delivering performance and up to eight hours of active tablet use, combined with two weeks standby power.

AMD has said that "Hondo" tablet APU will be superseded by the "Temash" ultra-low-power APU in 2013, which will also feature "Jaguar" cores.

Image source: AMD.

Topics: Processors, Hardware

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  • Let's get serious about standby time....

    Why not replace D(ynamic)RAM with S(tatic)RAM? SRAM needs 2 transistors/bit compared with DRAM's one, but since RAM is so cheap now, SRAM would still be almost throwaway prices. Since SRAM does not need refreshing, standby power would drop considerably... and even with low cost SRAM, its performance will likely still leave DRAM in the dust.
    redking44
    • Standby is not as important as active

      I'm not sure you have the whole picture in view. SRAM does have lower static(standby) power than DRAM, but its dynamic (active) power is significantly higher. Your performance for watt is roughly the same, which means you actually draw more power when active because of the better performance of SRAM. Unfortunately, RAM tends to be fairly constantly active while a machine is not in a sleep mode. Lower static power does lead to longer periods of battery life during a machine's sleep mode, but it has relatively little effect on runtime power draw. So by going to SRAM, we would actually sacrifice active battery life for standby power. I don't know about you, but I would rather use by computer longer than let it sleep longer.

      What we really need are technologies like HMC memory which have lower static and dynamic power draw than DDR RAM, while achieving much higher performance (oddly while still using DRAM memory cells).
      Bryan Meyers
  • Seeing as I'm buying after Xmas

    I know to wait to get an even better piece of equipment, being a little partial to AMD product......
    Tonydid
  • Seeing as I'm buying after Xmas

    I know to wait to get an even better piece of equipment, being a little partial to AMD product......
    Tonydid
  • Seeing as I'm buying after Xmas

    I know to wait to get an even better piece of equipment, being a little partial to AMD product......
    Tonydid
  • Wow @Tonydid! Guess you really

    needed to get that out of your system, having to say it three times!! Lol!
    T-Wrench
  • These chips may actually convince me to buy a tablet

    I wonder if Rumor of Surface tablet running Tamesh is true?
    TickerShuffle