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AMD A10-7850K and A10-7700K APU Specifications Detailed

Specifications of two of AMD's top next-generation APUs, the A10-7850K and A10-7700K, were leaked to the web, revealing an incremental or evolutionary upgrade over the 6000 "Richland" series. To begin with, the two are based on the 28 nm "Kaveri" silicon. Straightaway we find that AMD hasn't been able to catch up with Intel's 22 nm leap for close to two years. All that it manages is to bring the rated TDP of the overclockable "K" chips down to 95W, from the traditional 100W. "Kaveri" puts three of AMD's recent innovations in CPU and GPU on one chip - "Steamroller" CPU micro-architecture, "Graphics CoreNext" GPU architecture, and hUMA (heterogeneous Uniform Memory Access), a technology that allows the CPU and GPU to access the same portion of memory simultaneously.

"Steamroller" features the same component hierarchy and basic design as its predecessors "Piledriver" and "Bulldozer," in which clumps of two cores that feature dedicated and shared number-crunching resources, called modules, make up the basic units of a processor. "Kaveri" features two such modules, and hence features four CPU cores. "Kaveri" misses out on an L3 cache cushioning transfers between the modules, and other uncore components on the APU yet again, and each module features a 2-megabyte L2 cache at its last level, totaling the L2 cache amount to 4 MB on "Kaveri." The integrated memory controller features a 128-bit (dual-channel) DDR3 memory interface, with support for standards as high as DDR3-2133 MHz on some models. The PCI-Express root complex complies with the newer PCIe gen 3.0 standard, as do we imagine the A-Link (chipset bus). AMD introduced huge changes with the GPU component.

MSI Unveils the S12/S12T Kabini-Powered Laptop

The unique design, record-shattering performance, and innovative user experience of MSI's laptops are steadily winning over users around the world. This quarter, MSI rolled out its latest S12/S12T laptop featuring AMD's Kabini APU, Windows 8 and 10 point touch screen. With the ultra-light design, USB3.0, HDMI and HD webcam support, the users can move the fingers between different APPs and enjoy the full functions. It truly meets all the needs of multimedia entertainment and delivers best mobile computing ability to the market.

Eric Kuo, vice president for global sales& marketing, MSI Notebook, points out, "As a result of the booming competition laptop market, there has been an increasing number of light-designed machines, so users are demanding more in terms of hardware, functions, and other design features specifically for daily work purpose and casual life. MSI has heard their desire and has responded with numerous breakthroughs and innovations. The result has been in slim and light laptops with the latest processor and touch panel on the market, most advanced and rich array of helpful features, and better user-friendly experience."

AMD Starts Selling A10-6790K Socket FM2 APU

AMD began selling the A10-6790K, a new socket FM2 APU based on the 32 nm "Richland" silicon. The chip is positioned between the A10-6700 and the A10-6800K, and is a notch below the latter. It comes with an unlocked base-clock multiplier, making overclocking a breeze. The A10-6790K features 4.00 GHz CPU clocks, with maximum TurboCore frequencies of 4.30 GHz, each a notch (0.5x base) lower than the 4.10 GHz core and 4.40 GHz TurboCore frequencies of the A10-6800K. Further, the maximum rated DRAM speed is lowered from DDR3-2133 MHz on the A10-6800K, to DDR3-1866 MHz on the new chip. It features the same Radeon HD 8670D graphics clocked at 844 MHz, and its TDP rating is the same 100W. Expect the chip to be priced about 15 percent lower than the A10-6800K.

Source: Akiba PC Hotline

ZOTAC Elevates ZBOX nano With Quad-Core Processing Power

ZOTAC International, a global innovator and manufacturer of graphics cards, mainboards and mini-PCs, today elevates the ZBOX nano form factor with quad-core processing power. The new ZOTAC ZBOX nano AQ01 series harnesses the latest AMD A4-5000 Kabini APU to deliver outstanding CPU and GPU processing while maintaining excellent energy-efficiency.

"Our ZBOX nano form factor is well-regarded for its compact size and energy-efficiency. With the latest AMD A4-5000 APU, we're able to boost performance all around while reducing maximum energy consumption compared to our previous generation with the ZOTAC ZBOX nano AQ01 series," said Carsten Berger, senior director, ZOTAC International.

MSI Full FM2+ Military Class 4 Motherboards Available Now

MSI is pleased to announce a full line-up of FM2+ Military Class 4 motherboards featuring the new AMD A88X/A78/A55 chipset and FM2+ socket. These motherboards not only support the current FM2 Trinity and Richland APUs but are also ready for AMD's upcoming 4th generation Kaveri APU. AMD APUs are known for their excellent gaming and multi-media experience and support a wide range of display solutions.

4K UHD Output
Thanks to the AMD Kaveri APU and the MSI FM2+ motherboard native HDMI 1.4 connector it supports 4K resolutions (3840x2160) which provide much sharper and life-like images in combination with a 4K monitor.

AMD 2014 Mobile APUs to Deliver Leaps in Performance and Battery Life

AMD, building on its leadership in graphics and gaming, announced its 2014 mobile Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) product roadmap at the APU13 Developer Conference today. Raising the performance bar across fanless tablets, 2-in-1s and ultrathin notebooks, the APUs codenamed "Mullins" and "Beema" are projected to deliver more than 2x the performance-per-watt of the previous generation.

The latest AMD APUs also support Microsoft InstantGo for faster wake times and to ensure data such as email actively refresh in standby. Both new processor families are also the first to integrate an AMD-developed platform security processor based on the ARM Cortex-A5 featuring ARM TrustZone technology for enhanced data security. The new low-power APUs join the previously disclosed high-performance notebook APU, codenamed "Kaveri," in AMD's 2014 mobile lineup.
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AMD Debuts New SDK, Tools and Libraries, for Heterogeneous Computing Developers

AMD kicked off its 2013 Developer Summit (APU13) today, announcing a new unified Software Development Kit (SDK,) an improved CodeXL tool suite with added features and support for the latest AMD hardware, and added heterogeneous acceleration in popular Open Source libraries. Together, these tools provide a substantial step forward in productivity and ease-of-use for developers wishing to harness the full power of modern heterogeneous platforms spanning form servers to PCs to handheld devices.

"Developers are essential to our mission of realizing the full potential of modern computing technologies," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Solutions, AMD. "Enriching the developer experience by harnessing these technologies is a critical part of AMD's mission to accelerate developer adoption."

AMD Enables Server APU Software to Reimagine the Server

AMD today announced it is enabling its accelerated processing units (APU) for next-generation servers through important advancements in software tools developed by AMD and in collaboration with technology partners and the open source community. In his keynote address at APU13, AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers highlighted the significant progress AMD has made in both developing software internally and empowering others to develop software to take advantage of the capabilities of AMD APU technology, which combines industry leading AMD Radeon graphics processing engines with x86 computational processing on a single chip.

"Servers must be efficient, scalable and adaptable to meet the compute characteristics of new and changing workloads. Software applications that leverage server APUs are designed to drive highly efficient, low-power, dense server solutions optimized for highly parallel and multimedia workloads," said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of the Server Business Unit, AMD. "We have evolved our processor roadmap to support this opportunity, and now we are showcasing how the APU software ecosystem is gaining momentum and what developers can do to participate."

MSI Launches the AE200 All-in-One PC

MSI is excited to announce that it has just launched the all-new AE200 19.5" touch control entertainment system equipped with AMD's latest Kabini APU platform. The design seeks to use the MSI 19.5" All-in-One PC as the spearhead of a new classic in AIO PC design that retains the best traditional features while continuing to set the trend in high-tech innovation.

The MSI AE200 has a transparent bezel that helps the computer's appearance aside the conventional cold and sterile feeling about high-tech. The compact design blends seamlessly into designer interiors and enhances the overall look of style and sophistication. Furthermore, the AE200 is equipped with AMD's Kabini platform, providing high performance with a low power consumption.

AMD to Unveil Next-Generation APUs on November 11

As a follow-up to our older article on how December-January will play out for AMD's next-generation APU lineup, we have news that the company will unveil, or at least tease its next-generation desktop APU, codename "Kaveri," on November 11, 2013. It's when the company will host its APU'13 event, modeled along the lines of GPU'13, held in Hawaii this September, where it unveiled its Radeon R9 200 and R7 200 GPU families. On its backdrop, the company will also hold its 2013 AMD Developer Summit, which brings together developers making software that take advantage of both CPU and OpenCL-accelerated GPUs. APU'13 will be held in San Jose, USA, and like GPU'13, will be live-streamed to the web. In addition to new APUs, the company is expected to make some big announcements with its HSA (heterogeneous system architecture) initiative that brought some big names in the industry on board.

The agenda for APU'13 follows.

AMD "Kaveri" Desktop APU Launch Date Revealed

A leaked AMD slide detailed key dates in the product launch cycle for the company's next-generation desktop APU, codenamed "Kaveri." The chip will be officially announced on December 5, 2013. This is when AMD will post press-releases about the chip, but lack of market availability will make it more of a soft-launch. The chips should begin to ship to OEM vendors by late-December, 2013. It won't be until mid-February, 2014, that you'll be able to buy one of these chips in the retail channel. Built in the new socket FM2+ package, supporting the company's new A88X chipset, "Kaveri" will feature CPU cores based on the next-generation "Steamroller" micro-architecture, which offers an incremental (conservatively, around 10 percent) performance upgrade over "Piledriver;" a new GPU based on the Graphics CoreNext micro-architecture, TrueAudio technology, support for faster DDR3 memory standards, and PCI-Express gen 3.0 bus interface.

Source: VR-Zone

Gateway Readies the ZX4270 All-in-One PC

Later this month Gateway is set to introduce a new Gateway One ZX Series All-in-One desktop, a low-cost model dubbed ZX4270 that feature a 19.5-inch (1600 x 900) display (no touch support) and is powered by a 1.5 GHz AMD A4 5000 APU. The upcoming AIO also has 4 GB of RAM, up to a 750 GB hard drive, a 1080p-capable webcam, a slim optical drive (DVD writer), WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, and a card reader. The ZX4270 runs Windows 8 and starts at $399.

Low-power AMD APUs Begin Selling

AMD's two low-cost socket FM2 APUs based on the 32 nm "Richland" silicon, the A8-6500T, and A10-6700T, began selling in the US. The two are priced at $108.59 and $155.91 a piece, respectively. Their biggest feature is the 45W TDP, compared to 65W on regular SKUs, and 100W on the factory-unlocked ones. Both are quad-core parts. The A8-6500T features CPU clock speeds of 2.10 GHz, with 3.10 GHz TurboCore speeds, Radeon HD 8550D integrated graphics with 256 stream processors, and 4 MB of L2 cache; whereas the A10-6700T features 2.50 GHz CPU clocks, with 3.50 GHz TurboCore speeds, Radeon HD 8650D integrated graphics with 384 stream processors, and 4 MB of L2 cache.

Source: CPU World

AMD Expands Elite Mobility APU Line-Up With New Quad-Core Processor

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new addition to its 2013 Elite Mobility processor family, expanding the options available for anyone seeking crystal-clear HD entertainment, power efficiency, and accelerated performance in small screen touch notebooks, tablets, and hybrids. The AMD Elite Quad-Core A4-1350 accelerated processor is the second quad-core accelerated processing pnit (APU) in this category, with an estimated average power at or below 3 watts for many common use cases. The new APU is expected to begin shipping to customers in October, 2013. Other AMD Elite Mobility APUs are available in systems today, including the HP Pavilion11 TouchSmart and the Acer Aspire V5.

"Following the tremendous reception from customers to the launch of our 2013 Elite Mobility APUs, we are excited to strengthen our portfolio with the addition of the A4-1350," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president, AMD Client Business Unit. "With quad-core performance, AMD Radeon HD graphics and long battery life, the A4-1350 is an ideal solution for new form factors like hybrid and convertible PCs."

ASRock Details its Entire Socket FM2+ Motherboard Lineup, Includes Mini-ITX

Alas! We've all been through this before, through the everlasting pain and beset by the agony of waiting forever and ever. Beneath years of tears and doubt, it takes patience to wait for that special silver lining, and so is the long anticipated AMD FM2+ series. Although the new FM2+ "Kaveri" APUs will not be available until next year, AMD fans can still get the latest ASRock FM2+ motherboards that also support FM2 APUs first right now, and then wait for the upcoming FM2+ APUs, but don't hold your breath.

ASRock's first FM2+ motherboard, FM2A88X Extreme6+ is based on AMD's most high end A88X chipset, and as aforementioned, the socket will support both FM2+ and FM2 APUs. Major improvements for this next generation AMD motherboard includes support for PCIe Gen 3.0 with FM2+ APUs, Quad Monitor from the onboard DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, DisplayPort connectors, Dual channel DDR3 DIMMs that can reach up to 2600+MHz. And then there's also AMD Radeon HD 8000/7000 Series graphics with DX11.1, Japan made premium gold capacitors, Digi Power and 8+2 power phase design.

AMD Licences Trustonic Trusted Execution Environment

AMD and Trustonic today announced a strategic collaboration to embed the Trustonic Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), < t-base, into AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APU) and Central Processing Units (CPU) for PCs, tablets, and other processor markets. With best-in-class security, AMD APUs and CPUs will unlock a range of secure new capabilities for end users including fast, safe payments to access to more content, and Bring Your Own Device to work support scenarios. This will be accomplished by providing developers with access to hardware root-of-trust based-security to enable a wide range of innovative services.

The AMD and Trustonic collaboration drives alignment between the experiences and services demanded by fast-evolving mobile and performance computing ecosystems. It will
  • deliver real development platforms to support industry bodies working to drive interoperability across trusted computer platforms - such as GlobalPlatform and Trusted Computing Group;
  • offer device vendors integrated, hardware based security by providing the means to integrate traditional security solutions such as the TCG Trusted Platform Module (TPM) functionality crypto libraries and isolation at low cost and with greater performance; and
  • provide users the capabilities offered by

Toshiba Also Introduces the Satellite Click 2-in-1 Detachable PC

Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the Satellite Click, an all-new detachable consumer PC, offering the full functionality of a Windows 8 laptop with the convenience of a tablet in one portable device. Designed with a removable 13.3-inch diagonal touchscreen tablet that locks and unlocks from the hinge, Satellite Click offers a seamless transition between laptop and tablet modes. The Satellite Click is available exclusively via Best Buy and Toshiba Direct for the Holiday 2013 buying season.

The first detachable device to utilize AMD's low-power A4 accelerated processing unit (APU), codenamed "Temash", with AMD Radeon 8000 graphics and 4 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L RAM, the Satellite Click delivers fast, laptop-class dual-core performance while maintaining a generous battery life rating. A 500 GB hard drive is built-in to the removable screen making it easy and convenient to store files, photos and media libraries on the same device used for travel. Tablet essentials, including a built-in webcam, Micro USB 2.0 and HDMI ports, a microSD slot, plus accelerometer and gyroscope sensors, enable the device's transformation from laptop to tablet without compromise.

ASUS Announces X102BA Ultraportable with 10.1-inch Multi-Touch Display

ASUS today announced the X102BA, a compact and lightweight ultraportable laptop with a 10.1-inch 1366 x 768 display with 10-point multi-touch for responsive fingertip control with Windows 8. The X102BA also features the latest AMD A Series APU and comes bundled with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013 for high-performance productivity, straight from the box.

The ASUS X102BA features cutting-edge multi-touch technology that surpasses the standards set by Microsoft for Windows 8. With a multi-touch digitizer that recognizes a contact point with a mere 5mm diameter, rather than the Microsoft recommendation of 9mm, the XB102BA offers much more sensitive touch input for precise applications, such as drawing and painting. The X102BA also features a large multi-touch touchpad with gesture support and a keyboard with keys perfectly calibrated for comfortable typing.

BIOSTAR Readies New AMD FM2+ Socket Motherboards

BIOSTAR is preparing a series of motherboards based on the new AMD FM2+ socket design. This is a revision of current FM2 APUs, both FM2+ & FM2 APUs can work on any FM2+ motherboard, chipsets include A88X, A78 and A55; however, FM2+ APUs cannot work on existing FM2 motherboards due to different pin sockets ( A85X, A75, A55 chipsets).

In other words, the new AMD socket FM2+ motherboards will retain backwards compatibility with previous generation Socket FM2 APUs. BIOSTAR's new line of FM2+ APU motherboards is a great choice for users who wish to reserve the opportunity for future upgrades while taking advantage of AMD's new FM2+ infrastructure. The new BIOSTAR FM2+ socket boards are backwards compatible with the older generation APUs and are already in production. These boards will proudly show off BIOSTAR's in-house technology, such as audio, power regulation upgrades and more?

All-new MSI AE220 All-in-One PC

MSI is excited to announce that it has just launched the all-new AE220 21.5" touch control entertainment system equipped with AMD's latest Kabini APU platform. The design seeks to use the MSI 21.5" All-in-One PC as the spearhead of a new classic in AIO PC design that retains the best traditional features while continuing to set the trend in high-tech innovation. The MSI AE220 has a transparent bezel that helps the computer's appearance aside the conventional cold and sterile feeling about high-tech. The compact design blends seamlessly into designer interiors and enhances the overall look of style and sophistication.

The MSI AE220 is the first to feature the E2-3000/A4-5000 APU of AMD's Kabini platform. Based on a 28nm producing process, the new APU delivers high performance with a low power consumption of just 15W. AMD Kabini does more than just integrate the GPU and CPU into the same chip; the chipset functions are also integrated to create the industry's first System-on-Chip (SOC) APU processor. The AMD Kabini platform delivers exceptional rendering performance and packs massive power into a 15W processor. The MSI AE220 features the E2-3000/A4-5000 integrated with AMD Radeon HD 8280/8330 Graphics for a big boost in multimedia and 3D performance compared to previous generation. Users can now enjoy the performance and quality of a discrete graphics card without having to purchase one.

AMD Updates Product Roadmap for 2014-2015

AMD reportedly updated its consumer products roadmap for 2014 thru 2015 to account for changes in the industry. The company is expected to unveil its next-generation "Volcanic Islands" GPU family by late-September, 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, the company is expected to unveil its 4th generation entry-level APUs, codenamed "Kabini." Built in ST3 socket for notebooks, and FS1B for desktops, this product family will include dual- and quad-core parts, with TDPs under 25W. Among the quad-core parts are the A4-5350 and A4-5150, and among the dual-core ones is the E1-2650.

"Kabini" will enter mass-production in February 2014, and will be formally announced in the following month. Kabini's early-2014 launch, delayed from late-2013, will have a cascading effect on its successor's launch. "Beema," its successor, will now launch in either late-2014, or early-2015. "Beema" will be based on the same socket types as "Kabini," but will incorporate more HSA technologies.

Energy-efficient AMD A10-6700T APU Goes on Sale This Week

AMD's energy-efficient socket FM2 desktop APU, the A10-6700T, is expected to go on sale later this week. Its selling point is the 45W TDP, with no reduction in core-count, or other components. Based on the 32 nm "Richland" silicon, the A10-6700T features four "Piledriver" x86-64 cores clocked at 2.50 GHz, with TurboCore frequency of 3.50 GHz, and 4 MB of total L2 cache. It features a Radeon HD 8650D graphics core with 384 stream processors, and untouched clock speeds of 760 MHz core, and 844 MHz boost. The chip also features a dual-channel DDR3-2133 MHz integrated memory controller, and a PCI-Express gen 2.0 root complex. The A10-6700T is expected to be priced around $150.

ASUS VivoBook X102BA Detailed

ASUS plans to expand its VivoBook series with a new AMD-powered member, the X102BA. This 10.2-inch ultra-portable should bring Windows 8 experience to the masses, with its cost-effective innards, including an AMD A4-1200 dual-core APU with Radeon HD 8180 graphics, 2 GB of RAM, and 320 GB of HDD storage. Its software bundle includes not just Windows 8, but also Office Home and Student 2013. ASUS reportedly plans to price the X102BA at 330 Euros, when the notebook hits stores some time next month.

Source: SweClockers

AMD Confirms Kaveri will be Available in 2014

AMD confirmed that its next-generation socket FM2+ APUs, codenamed "Kaveri," will begin shipping in Q4-2013, and will be available "very early" in Q1-2014, in the retail (desktop component) channel. Mobile variants of the chip will be available a little later in the same quarter. AMD also described the stuff that "Kaveri" APUs will be made of - four x86-64 cores based on the "Steamroller" micro-architecture, major heterogeneous computing enhancements, a newer integrated graphics processor based on the and "Graphics CoreNext" micro-architecture.

Source: VR-Zone

AMD Opens New Global Design Centre in Hyderabad

AMD today announced the opening of a new design centre in Hyderabad, featuring world-class lab facilities dedicated to furthering both software and hardware innovations at the heart of AMD's popular Accelerated Processing Units (APUs.) In a ceremony held today, the new design centre was inaugurated by Rory Read, president and chief executive officer at AMD.

"AMD is committed to providing our customers with innovative, tailored technology solutions that empower people and deliver exceptional experiences," said Read. "Our Hyderabad Design Centre will play an important part in that mission as the team works in concert with our other design centers around the world to deliver AMD's next round of innovative products."
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