Tuesday, March 4th 2014

AMD Announces New AM1 Platform

AMD today announced the introduction of its AM1 platform featuring the AMD quad-core and dual-core "Kabini" APU into the component channel for system builders. Combined with motherboards from leading manufacturers, the new AM1 platform will deliver award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and AMD "Jaguar" CPU cores, and bear the AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APU brands. This will create an ecosystem of flexible and upgradable platforms at compelling price points that also feature USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s support, and microATX and miniITX motherboards for sleek and power-efficient small form factor PCs.

Availability of "Kabini" desktops and components are slated to be on-shelf in select regions beginning early April, with global availability expected on April 9.
"AMD continues our APU technology leadership by introducing the AM1 platform with 'Socketed Kabini', an APU designed for the mainstream market," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD. "The AM1 platform gives us a great opportunity to deliver a flexible infrastructure environment, and provides a multitude of options for consumers and system builders looking for upgradeability packed into an extremely affordable solution."

"Socketed Kabini" allows for exceptional productivity, web browsing, and compute acceleration for the larger mainstream, emerging markets looking for outstanding value and performance at low power.

The AMD AM1 platform delivers balanced computing with DirectX 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support to mainstream markets. In addition, motherboard manufacturers including, ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, ECS, Gigabyte and MSI are poised to deliver a range of next- generation desktop motherboards based on socket FS1b. These motherboards will support the latest specifications of native USB 3.0 and SATA 6 Gb/s for AMD Athlon and Sempron-series APUs for the AM1 platform.
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11 Comments on AMD Announces New AM1 Platform

#1
Cruise51
Very excited to see pricing.
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#2
RCoon
Gaming Moderator
Supah cheap APU platform for domestic users, I hope they are low power/low cost enough to compete with intel's pentium.
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#3
Fourstaff
RCoon said:
Supah cheap APU platform for domestic users, I hope they are low power/low cost enough to compete with intel's pentium.
They need to compete on size too against NUC now
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#4
Hood
Kaveri, Kabini, Ker-blooey! Another exciting platform designed for low cost, low performance email-checking machines. I can barely contain my excitement...
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#5
xvi
Fourstaff said:
They need to compete on size too against NUC now
Looks like mini-ITX at best, but with any luck, they'll compensate by giving it a good price.
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#6
Marty 1480
What I find most interesting about this most platform is that AMD is introducing a new socketed processor. After all the apprehension a year or so ago that sockets would disappear, this seems to go against that trend.
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#7
IvantheDugtrio
Marty 1480 said:
What I find most interesting about this most platform is that AMD is introducing a new socketed processor. After all the apprehension a year or so ago that sockets would disappear, this seems to go against that trend.
The special thing about this socket is that it's for SOCs, not APUs or CPUs.
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#8
Nordic
Marty 1480 said:
What I find most interesting about this most platform is that AMD is introducing a new socketed processor. After all the apprehension a year or so ago that sockets would disappear, this seems to go against that trend.
That was intel with all the hub bub about that no socket things. At this end of the spectrum I honestly would rather they had them soldered in. A bit more efficiency that way.
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bencrutz
james888 said:
That was intel with all the hub bub about that no socket things. At this end of the spectrum I honestly would rather they had them soldered in. A bit more efficiency that way.
the opteron line already went the LGA route.

soldered = no upgrade, i would still prefer the option to upgrade.

something interesting in that gigabyte board, theres a heatsink below the x16 pcie slot, it's a SoC platform and i'm wondering what's under that tiny heatsink....
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#10
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Only 2 SATA ports? That's kind of a downer.
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#11
Patriot
newtekie1 said:
Only 2 SATA ports? That's kind of a downer.
And not due till April ... bummer
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