AMD posts parody teaser video: Another tablet in the works?

AMD posts parody teaser video: Another tablet in the works?

Summary: AMD posts a 'spooky' Paranormal Activity-like teaser video to YouTube suggesting that the processor and GPU giant is preparing to announce a tablet or hybrid system on October 9.

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AMD has posted a teaser video to YouTube suggesting that the processor and graphics giant has a tablet or hybrid device in the pipeline.

The video, called "TECHnically Beyond Explanation", takes the form of a parody of the Paranormal Activity movie franchise. It shows two people exploring what seems to be a disused AMD facility and coming across a mystery "mutated" system inside an old PC.

Instructions at the end of the video ask viewers to check out AMD's YouTube page on October 9.

Let's break down what's in this rather corny video.

First, the video is cryptic about the form factor of this new device. It looks like either a tablet or a dual-screen hinged system. What's clear is that, as one of the characters points out: "It's not a laptop!" AMD has previously run demos showing a tower PC playing a game, then revealing that it was actually a notebook inside the empty tower running the game. This video seems to suggest a twist on that theme.

Then there's the odd, "it's cold" mention, suggesting that the system runs a low-power processor, perhaps AMD's "Honda" APU, notebook versions of its 32-nanometer "Trinity" APUs. "Hondo" APUs are power-efficient processors that feature an on-board GPU complete with DirectX 11 support.

These processors have been expected to land around the time that Windows 8 is released, so the timings seem to work out.

It seems that AMD is preparing to enter the already crowded tablet market. Is there enough room for another player?

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Processors

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  • No academy award

    Rest assured these guys will not win an Academy Award. Rather stupid!
    annotater
  • AMD is x64 bit and has high end GPU's

    Like or not, AMD owns the best quality 64 bit integrated GPU/CPU, called APU's. NVIDIA does not have 64 bit CPU yet, and Intel does not have great integrated GPU or high-end GPU at all. If AMD comes with a x64 bit low power APU, it will own that computing sector. With 32 bit CPU's, you can't address more than 4 GB memory, which currently kills the usability of a lot of ARM based devices. AMD does not have than limitation..
    aczdnet0
    • lol, AMD better than Intel?

      I don't Know about you, but i certainly don't rely on any integrated Graphics solution from either Intel or AMD, I rely on Intel for the CPU and Nvidia for the Graphics.

      I would never touch AMD's shitty CPU's or there Crappy Graphics Drivers.
      nicholaas321
  • gee

    i said that amd and intel were up to no good
    sarai1313@...
  • Games

    This platform should be good, however it would be interesting to see what that gpu does to battery life when you actually use it.
    Also it's "Hondo" not "Honda".
    studler19
  • No freaking way

    No freaking way.......An AMD's tablet device running CODMW2 with "cold" state?!
    Lghost
  • Paranormal Activity 4

    this is how you make a Paranormal Activity Parody!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VxGa3GoiSJ0&feature=share&list=ULVxGa3GoiSJ0
    Jessica Wilde