Skip to comments.AMD ups ante with Temash and Kabini APUs
Posted on 05/24/2013 10:12:10 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Chip company AMD is banking on the success of its Accelerated Processing Units (APUs). These APUs integrate the CPU and GPU elements on to a single piece of silicon and enable a modern computer to function without requiring an external graphics card. Pushing forward with a new generation, AMD detailed its 2013 APU line-up at the start of this year.
It is already known that AMD is splitting the APU offering into three families: Temash for low-power tablets/hybrids; Kabini for entry-level laptops, and Richland for mainstream/performance laptops. And while the Richland APU is also being produced for the desktop, it's abundantly clear that AMD sees APUs as the best fit for a wide range of portable devices. AMD revealed further details on all three APU architectures at a briefing in London last week.
The APUs codenamed Temash and Kabini are both based on a system-on-a-chip (SoC) architecture. This means that the CPU, GPU, IO and memory controller are all integrated into a single chip. The fundamental energy-saving benefits accruing from running the power-hungry components on a single piece of silicon are an ideal fit for tablets and laptops that are, by nature, more reliant on battery power.
AMD says there are significant performance and power-efficiency advantages for the Temash and Kabini APUs (or SoCs, if you prefer) when compared to the last-generation 'Ontario, Zacate and Hondo' APUs. These arrive from using upgraded 'Jaguar' CPU cores and by implementing the Radeon HD 7000-series-like GCN architecture for graphics. Let's take a closer look.
The picture shows a highly simplified, high-level block overview of the Temash (left) and Kabini APUs (right).
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Low wattage Temash might make some tablets.
Thanks Ernest. AMD should be (or long should have been) moving into the SmartTV and streaming box market, and dongle-style low-power computers (with the TV stuff built in) for adapting both older TVs and monitors. By “older” I mean, the low-feature flatscreens.