Tuesday, January 21st 2014

AMD FS1b SoC Socket to be Branded "AM1"

Look ma, no chipset! The first wave of AMD socket FS1b motherboards, for the company's A-Series "Kabini" APUs were displayed at the 2014 International CES, where they pulled good-eyed visitors that spotted motherboards that have CPU sockets but lack any form of core logic. That's because "Kabini" completely integrates the chipset. It turns out that AMD has decided to brand the socket - so far referred to as FS1b - as socket AM1. The socket is in no way compatible (even pin-compatible, or similarly sized) as AM2, AM3, and AM3+, on which AMD's processors have been sold for the bulk of the last 8-odd years.

With the chipset completely integrated into the APU silicon, the socket is left with pins for the memory, PCI-Express, display, SATA, power, and other legacy I/O interfaces. Among the first "Kabini" APUs that AMD plans to launch are the quad-core A4-5350, with 1.60 GHz clock speed, 2 MB of cache, and 25W TDP; the A4-3850, with slightly lower 1.30 GHz clocks; and E1-2650, with its dual-core 1.45 GHz CPU, 1 MB cache, and 15W TDP.

Source: VR-Zone
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17 Comments on AMD FS1b SoC Socket to be Branded "AM1"

#1
john_
And the next version will be... wait... AM2?
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#2
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: john_
And the next version will be... wait... AM2?
FAM2
...
then FAM2+
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#3
micropage7
the quad-core A4-5350, with 1.60 GHz clock speed, 2 MB of cache, and 25W TDP
lower tdp? looks nice just waiting the performance
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#4
TRWOV
Well, if MS can name their console Xbox 1 why couldn't AMD too? :laugh: No, seriously, why not call it FM3? We had a good thing going over there. F sockets for APU, A sockets for CPUs.

Didn't AMD said it was switching to LGA soon? I thought Kabini would be the first.
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#5
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
A prime candidate for low profile nanoITX boards. Now get cracking!
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#6
insane 360
i'm looking forward to these boards, plus the cheap itx intel bay trail and see what kind of tiny but powerful pc one could build with them.
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#7
ironwolf
by: john_
And the next version will be... wait... AM2?
AM1+ of course. :p Adding the + makes everything better! :pimp:
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#8
suraswami
by: ironwolf
AM1+ of course. :p Adding the + makes everything better! :pimp:
After that it will be AM1++:rockout:
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#9
Thefumigator
by: suraswami
After that it will be AM1++:rockout:
or AM1 1/2 or AM1,5....

Maybe they can use AM1.1, AM1.2, AM1.3 for each revision, I think it could be less confusing than other namings
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#11
Arjai
AM1+.5+more!

Now it can also do your dishes! With only a 35w TDP!

;)
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#12
cyneater
Just wondering if AMD say used there ARM license and dropped an ARM based processor into this board.. Then it would make a great nas with a low TDP
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#13
zenoaghaz
really nice idea. just one step more! integrate 4GB ram in APU ;)
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#14
Steevo
by: zenoaghaz
really nice idea. just one step more! integrate 4GB ram in APU ;)
Cheaper to integrate it onto the motherboard. Die space is $$$$$. Plus there is that whole backside of the board that does nothing.
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#15
EpicShweetness
by: micropage7
lower tdp? looks nice just waiting the performance
Depending on the cores inside it which if it is "Kabini" then it's Jaguar cores, and my A6-5200 does tasks just fine, it can game very lightly even to. Things like Left 4 Dead on Medium amazing! Granted my A6-5200 is at 2GHZ, which would make it a little faster actually.
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#16
Deadlyraver
This kinda makes me nervous as it feels like AMD is trying to be like Intel, where they phase out the most innovative products that are expensive in exchange for new innovative but expensive products.

Good thing they are usually cheap then!
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#17
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
this looks like they will be selling the same mobile chips for desktop variants too.
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