Tuesday, January 08, 2013
AMD has launched the Radeon HD 8000M series of mobile graphics processing units (GPUs) set to deliver discrete graphics performance to a variety of notebook designs, including the portable ultrathin form factor.
The AMD Radeon HD 8000M series are the first notebook GPUs to be offered with AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which delivers compute power and performance while stretching battery life through AMD Enduro Technology, according to the vendor. Designs are currently shipping with Asustek Computer and Samsung, with Lenovo and additional OEMs shipping soon.
Additionally, AMD announced the availability of AMD Radeon HD 8000 series desktop graphics, available only through OEMs. The AMD Radeon HD 8000 series features GCN Architecture with support for DirectX 11.1 for acceleration of Windows 8 platforms, AMD App Acceleration to enhance GPU performance, and features intelligent power management technology such as AMD PowerTune with boost.
The AMD Radeon HD 8000 series graphics cards also utilize AMD ZeroCore Power technology which improves power savings when computers enter an idle state. Select AMD Radeon HD 8000 series graphics will be available in desktop systems from major OEMs, starting late January 2013, AMD said.
Meanwhile, the company also provided an early look at its new 2013 accelerated processing units (APUs) and announced a new OEM relationship with Vizio. AMD at CES 2013 demonstrated working silicon of its system on chip (SoC) APUs, codenamed Temash and Kabini, which will be quad-core x86 SoCs. Both APUs are scheduled to ship in the first half of 2013. Demonstrations included a range of applications and games on a Kabini-based ultrathin notebook and a Temash-based performance tablet and hybrid notebook.
AMD also introduced the new APU codenamed Richland which is currently shipping to OEMs and delivers visual performance increases ranging from more than 20% to up to 40% over the previous generation of AMD A-series APUs, the vendor said. Richland is expected to come bundled with new software for consumers such as gesture- and facial-recognition. The follow-on to Richland will be the 28nm APU codenamed Kaveri with revolutionary heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) features which is expected to begin shipping to customers in the second half of 2013.
During the event, Vizio also showcases a new relationship and portfolio of AMD-based platforms. Vizio's new AMD portfolio includes an 11.6-inch APU-powered tablet PC, two high-performance ultrathin notebooks in both 14-inch and 15.6-inch and a 24-inch all-in-one PC system.
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