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Thursday, 03 March 2011 10:01

Llano has at least three SKUs

Written by Fuad Abazovic

Cebit 2011: Dual, quad and different graphics
We saw Llano chip in action, including a demo versus Core i7 and AMD’s charismatic VP of product marketing Leslie Sobon and an exec that fiddles with Fusion, John Taylor, showed us the chip up and running.

The Llano that we saw was quad core, but we were told that taking a die pictures was not an option today. The chip has a lot of graphics power and can do a fancy video post processing stuff.  These nice people at the AMD booth also shared with us that you can expect at least three different versions of Llano.

They plan a dual-core, quad-core and there will be some variations with the graphics, as you will be able to get more or fewer graphics cores. The graphics part is clearly faster than the latest Core i7 aka Sandy Bridge but we don’t have any numbers we could quote.

The demo notebook running 1.8GHz clocked Llano used up to 55W to run the Final Fantasy demo together with Excel, HD video and a few other applications, all multitasking. The Llano system looks quite responsive unlike Core i7 2GHz quad-core notebook running the same task. The Llano prototype simply ran smoother and needed 10 to 15W less than the Core i7 Sandy Bridge.

AMD did say it will launch in summer and our other sources told us that Computex is the target for the launch, roughly three months from today.
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+44 #1 aussiebear 2011-03-03 10:46
Last I checked, there will be about 7 versions of Llano planned for its introduction into the desktop market.

* Three quad-cores (Two are 100W TDP; One is 65W TDP for the "All-in-one" systems.)
* One triple-core (100W TDP)
* Three dual-cores (65W TDP)

For the quad-core and triple-core versions; they will have "Beavercreek" IGP.

For the dual-core versions; they will use "Winterpark" IGP.

I don't know the exact differences between "Beavercreek" or "Winterpark". Rumours say one is 480 stream processors, while another is 400.

Llano will also support a Hybrid Crossfire-like solution alongside "Turks" series discrete GPU to improve performance.
ie: Llano IGP + Radeon HD 6570 or HD 6670 video cards.
+42 #2 aussiebear 2011-03-03 10:47

For Zambezi (desktop Bulldozer)...

* Two 8-core (4-modules; one is 125W, other is 95W)
* One 6-core (3-modules; 95W)
* One 4-core (2-modules; 95W)

Both Llano and Zambezi will have Turbo Core Technology 2.0...But the Zambezi's implementation is more aggressive.
-62 #3 loadwick 2011-03-03 11:02
The garden is looking rosy for AMD, i guess that is due to all the shit they've been spreading for the last 4 years!
+37 #4 JAB Creations 2011-03-03 11:18
...and this is just their quads...just think of how badass the eight core (and eventually the 12 core) CPU's will own later this year. Oh and they won't cost a grand and you'll be able to get a badass chipset with tons of PCI-Express lanes for a good price without the different socket BS that Intel pulls.
+24 #5 aussiebear 2011-03-03 13:06
Quoting loadwick:
...i guess that is due to all the shit they've been spreading for the last 4 years!

You can piece together a bit of history from web sources/announcements.

Mid-2006: AMD buys ATI.

Mid-2007: AMD announces "Falcon" series (Bulldozer-based, mainstream APU.)

End of 2007: AMD announces "Swift" (Bulldozer core replaced by K10-based.); 45nm process with Radeon HD 4350/4550 class GPU. (80 stream processors). Up to dual-cores.

End of 2008: AMD changes roadmap to what we have today. Swift is scrapped due to poor yields. (45nm not feasible for mainstream APU).

Early 2012: "Trinity" will finally fulfill AMD's original goal that "Falcon" failed to achieve back in 2007; a Bulldozer-based, mainstream APU.
+1 #6 rickster 2011-03-04 05:12
Good stuff. My Acer 3820TG continues to serve me well for my needs so I'll probably end up skipping the Fusion train this year.

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