AMD Z-60 'Hondo' APU unveiled: pictures

AMD Z-60 'Hondo' APU unveiled: pictures

Summary: Chip maker AMD has unveiled details of its new Z-60 embedded "Hondo" APU in time for Windows 8 to hit PCs on October 26.


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  • The Z-60 combines a dual-core 1GHz CPU, 80 core GPU, and 1MB of L2 cache in a package that only consumes 4.5W. This figure might be higher than the 1.7W that Intel claims for its new "Clover Trail" silicon, but it is much better than previous-generation AMD APUs.

    The Z-60 also features support for USB 3.0 and 1080p HD screen resolution.

    Image source: AMD.

  • Power consumption of Z-60 powered hardware ranges from a minuscule 0.08W when the device is in S3 sleep mode to 4.79W when playing back HD video content.

    Z-60 promises 10 hours of Windows use (as measured by AMD), six hours of video playback, eight hours of web browsing, and two weeks of standby in S3 sleep mode.

    Image source: AMD.

  • AMD's Start Now technology, which is compatible with both Windows 8 and Windows 7, allows a system to resume from sleep in as little as two seconds, and boot into Windows in 25 seconds.

    This might be slow when compared to an iPad, but it's fast when you consider that these are tablets running Windows.

    Image source: AMD.

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Tablets

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