Tuesday, October 9th 2012

New AMD Z-Series APU for Tablets Enables Immersive Experience for Windows 8 Platforms

AMD announced its latest entry in the performance tablet and small form factor PC market with the AMD Z-60 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The AMD Z-60 is AMD's lowest power APU, delivering unprecedented performance and AMD AllDay power for tablet form factors as thin as 10mm. A compelling combination of features, stunning graphics, support for the latest Microsoft Windows 8 applications and user interfaces, as well as compatibility with Windows 7 and the full-suite of legacy Windows applications, makes the AMD Z-60 APU an ideal solution for a range of designs.

The first tablets based on the AMD Z-60 APU are expected to launch globally this year in conjunction with availability of Windows 8.

"Tablet users seeking an uncompromised experience for both creating and consuming content on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform now have a performance-driven, affordable option with the AMD Z-60 APU," said Steve Belt, corporate vice president of Ultra-Low Power Products, AMD. "We see a large gap between the lower performance and high-price competitive offerings that allow AMD to be in tablet designs that will please our customers and end users alike."

The AMD Z-60 APU comes loaded with features designed to enhance the tablet experience, including AMD Start Now technology that allows fast boot and resume from sleep times, up to eight hours of battery life while Web browsing, and up to six hours of HD video playback. Just as impressive is the stunning visual quality delivered by the AMD Radeon graphics on the APU, with support for full HD 1080p resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and impressive gaming performance with Microsoft Direct X 11 capability.

Tablets with AMD APUs can also leverage the AMD AppZone, a one-stop resource for accessing popular applications that can take advantage of the full compute capability of the processor.

Availability
The AMD Z-60 APU is shipping today to customers that are expected to launch systems later this year.
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14 Comments on New AMD Z-Series APU for Tablets Enables Immersive Experience for Windows 8 Platforms

#1
Steevo
Now that is something to look forward to.
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MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Wow this is going to be great. Completely turn the tide when it comes to gaming and entertainment on tablets. I have a feeling this will dominate Nvidia's Tegra 3. Im not all impressed with Tegra TBH.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Yup, the edge is Tegra 3-like performance with the ability to run legacy x86 apps.
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#4
xenocide
I think it's more aimed towards competing with the Intel Atom-series than the ARM offerings.
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#5
jmcslob
makes wonder how much longer before they can run Crysis on a 4 watt tablet....
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#6
ramcoza
by: MxPhenom 216
Wow this is going to be great. Completely turn the tide when it comes to gaming and entertainment on tablets. I have a feeling this will dominate Nvidia's Tegra 3. Im not all impressed with Tegra TBH.
do you understand what you are talking about?
Tegra 3 is ARM based SoC, which will be used in WinRT tablets.
Z-60 is x86 based SoC, which will be used in Win8 tablets like Clover Trail. You cannot compare one to another.
On a final note; I am totally impressed with Tegra (Specially tegra 3). Being 45nm (and ARM 9) and competing with 28 nm (ARM 9 and Hybrid (ARM9+ARM15)) chips in both performance and battery life is something incredible to me. Upcoming HTC One X+ prevails Galaxy S3's performances (Quad core, ARM 9 and 32 nm). ;)
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#7
eidairaman1
by: ramcoza
do you understand what you are talking about?
Tegra 3 is ARM based SoC, which will be used in WinRT tablets.
Z-60 is x86 based SoC, which will be used in Win8 tablets like Clover Trail. You cannot compare one to another.
On a final note; I am totally impressed with Tegra (Specially tegra 3). Being 45nm (and ARM 9) and competing with 28 nm (ARM 9 and Hybrid (ARM9+ARM15)) chips in both performance and battery life is something incredible to me. Upcoming HTC One X+ prevails Galaxy S3's performances (Quad core, ARM 9 and 32 nm). ;)
MS is trying to expand their market share over Unix/Linux Based Solutions (Android, iphoneOS)
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#9
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
4.5w :eek: dayummmmmmmmm
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#10
Vinska
That does make me wonder when the patents on x86 are going to "expire", so everyone can make 'em. Would be interesting to see how it would turn out...
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#11
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
by: Vinska
That does make me wonder when the patents on x86 are going to "expire", so everyone can make 'em. Would be interesting to see how it would turn out...
you mean only amd and intel can make x86 softwares?
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#12
xenocide
by: Vinska
That does make me wonder when the patents on x86 are going to "expire", so everyone can make 'em. Would be interesting to see how it would turn out...
With the way patents are looking these days, probably about the year 4500.
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#13
bencrutz
by: de.das.dude
you mean only amd and intel can make x86 softwares?
only their processors can legally execute x86 codes natively (plus via)
everyone can code using x86 instruction set.
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#14
Vinska
*derp* Answered my own question. :slap:

by: Wikipedia
Open: Partly. For some advanced features, x86 may require license from Intel; x86-64 may require an additional license from AMD. The 80486 processor has been on the market for more than 20 years and so cannot be subject to patent claims. This subset of the x86 architecture is therefore fully open.
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