Monday, July 4th 2011

AMD to Claim Share of Tablet Pie with Brazos-T APU Platform

Microsoft's leap of faith into the tablet OS market which is dominated by Apple iOS and Google's Android OS, with Windows 8 operating system will be driven by two distinct hardware platforms - x86, led by Intel and its Clover Trail Atom platform, and ARM, and its swarm of client manufacturers such as Samsung, Qualcomm, etc. The third player out to claim its share of the pie is AMD, with its Brazos-T platform. Similar to Intel's Clover Trail, Brazos-T is an x86-based platform, it uses an ultra-low power accelerated processing unit (APU), codenamed "Hondo".

Hondo is a low-wattage, low-footprint APU that packs two x86-64 "Bobcat" architecture cores, an AMD Radeon HD 6250 DirectX 11 compliant graphics core, single-channel DDR3 IMC, and integrated PCI-Express. Like Clover Trail, it is a 2-chip solution, with the other chip being the "Hudson" M2T chipset, which provides an array of display connectivity options, SATA and USB connectivity. The key feature with Hondo APU is its low power consumption of just 2W, and TDP of 4.5W. The chipset is designed to consume just 1W. Both the APU and chipset are built on the 40 nm process. The platform is slated for Q2 2012, just in time for Windows 8 tablets to hit the market.

Source: DonanimHaber
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40 Comments on AMD to Claim Share of Tablet Pie with Brazos-T APU Platform

#1
TheLaughingMan
micropage7 said:
coz amd needs publication so the market can aware or at least realize they still there.
intel doesnt desperate to get any publication coz everyone wait for them and so far best performers are from intel
Then they should advertise this to the market it is for, general consumers and corporations who would want these in their pre-build systems. Like Dave said, this is nothing we at TPU would use. It is news and all, but post this news in the form of a commercial on TV or ads in magazines (physical and digital). How about those annoying ass pre-video ads on Youtube and the like. Those are the people you want to see this and go, "Wow, graphics are going to be that much better!"

Don't get me wrong. I am glad to see it here at TPU and thanks Beta Runner for posting it, but put it elsewhere as well.
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#2
DrunkenMafia
I am considering buying an Acer Iconia W500, they have 2 x bobcat cores and 6250. they are pretty zippy too as my mate has one.
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#3
NC37
TheLaughingMan said:
This isn't something for me either, but I can appreciate the tech that goes into it as well.

On that note I am sick of AMD announcing their future plans to attack Intel in every market segment with better graphics and "hopefully" better CPU's in the near future. We all get it. The new IGP's on the APU's are the S#!t. Stop showing us what you want these to be and show us some real CPU improvement from the new architecture.
Because the future of CPUs will be in GPU tech. But it just isn't mature yet. These APUs are the beginning. Heck if Intel had it's way and the performance ceiling wasn't hit, we'd all be still using single cores. Intel said Mhz was everything at one time, others warned it wasn't. Intel hits the wall, then backtracks and goes back on that statement. Favoring multiprocessor options.

I see the same thing happening with x86 CPU hardware. Intel is throwing its weight behind it's CPUs, which while good, will get overtaken eventually as APU tech advances. The one thing Intel did better this time around was prepping a counter with Sandybridge. But if AMD presses all out on APU tech and Intel doesn't advance it's IGP technologies, they will be left behind.

The day Intel develops it's own GPUs that can compete with NV/AMD's midrange boards, they'll become a threat to APUs. That also means they need the drivers to back it up.
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#4
a_ump
NC37 said:
Because the future of CPUs will be in GPU tech. But it just isn't mature yet. These APUs are the beginning. Heck if Intel had it's way and the performance ceiling wasn't hit, we'd all be still using single cores. Intel said Mhz was everything at one time, others warned it wasn't. Intel hits the wall, then backtracks and goes back on that statement. Favoring multiprocessor options.

I see the same thing happening with x86 CPU hardware. Intel is throwing its weight behind it's CPUs, which while good, will get overtaken eventually as APU tech advances. The one thing Intel did better this time around was prepping a counter with Sandybridge. But if AMD presses all out on APU tech and Intel doesn't advance it's IGP technologies, they will be left behind.

The day Intel develops it's own GPUs that can compete with NV/AMD's midrange boards, they'll become a threat to APUs. That also means they need the drivers to back it up.
Hear here^ :toast:
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#5
bostonbuddy
Intel buy NVidea puts out APU's w/ NVidea IGP's, AMD loses again
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#8
laszlo
nice tech but i can't see what the heck i can do with a tablet,for me a smart phone is enough
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#9
gumpty
laszlo said:
nice tech but i can't see what the heck i can do with a tablet,for me a smart phone is enough
Some people prefer a slightly bigger screen. I don't have a tablet yet, but I can see myself with a tri-force of computing goodness in the future: a smartphone for when I'm out; a powerful desktop PC for gaming/photo editing/etc; and tablet for web-browsing/e-mail in the lounge, watching my movie collection anywhere, streaming media from my NAS to my TV, etc.

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We're a very small minority here that actually needs a powerful PC (for gaming etc). The vast majority of people out there can get by with the (relatively) mediocre processing power that tablets/netbooks/laptops provide, because all they ever do is web-browsing/e-mailing/photo browsing/angry-birding/facebooking.
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#10
Jonap_1st
DX11-capable tablet which equal or maybe faster than intel atom D510 dual core, but consume less power..

coming soon - 2012 :respect:
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#11
micropage7
laszlo said:
nice tech but i can't see what the heck i can do with a tablet,for me a smart phone is enough
yeah smart phone for most of us, but tablet offer more than smart phone, bigger screen, better performance n features and higher prestige over smart phone but the price is still kinda in the sky you could buy mid level/entry level laptop on that price
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#12
mastrdrver
Good to see AMD getting in to the tablet world and give those ARM guys a run for their money.

TheMailMan78 said:
But thats the thing. It will be your cup of tea eventually whether you like it or not. Mobile platform is the way of the future. Desktops are the next ham radio.

http://www.dickwhitney.net/DadHamRadio.jpg
Cadaveca in 10 years.
:roll::roll:
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Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
laszlo said:
nice tech but i can't see what the heck i can do with a tablet,for me a smart phone is enough
Comic books and ebooks!
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#14
pantherx12
gumpty said:
I don't see the point in having a tablet capable of high-spec gaming. The screen is too small + no mouse.
The box, you don't even need to think out side of it to come up for a solution to this.

USB Host + HDMI out.

BAM highly portable computer.

I already use my tablet in this way, no good for gaming just yet but epic web browser and media center ;)
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TheLaughingMan
pantherx12 said:
The box, you don't even need to think out side of it to come up for a solution to this.

USB Host + HDMI out.

BAM highly portable computer.

I already use my tablet in this way, no good for gaming just yet but epic web browser and media center ;)
Well now you can game on your tablet. You just gotta throw some AMD's on that bish!
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