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Wednesday, 05 October 2011 11:32

Single core Zacate retires in Q4 2011

Written by Fuad Abazovic


E-450 to kill off E-350

AMD has just launched a new Zacate dual-core processor, the one used AMD’s successful Brazos platform, which successful took on Intel’s Atom.

The new CPU offers a slight speed bump and runs at 1.65GHz, just 50MHz faster than the first to launch E-350 However, the E-45 also has slightly faster and overclockable graphics.

This will lead to the eminent extinction of AMD E-350 processor that reaches its last order status at end of Q4 2011, with final shipments projected to happen at end of Q2 2012 at the earliest. Once again a reminder that last shipment doesn’t mean that there will be no E-350 on the market after the last day of June, but AMD won’t ship them to partners anymore.

Stores with enough stock will be able to have them after that date, but the E-450 will probably be more lucrative to have and sell at that time. AMD's less popular E-300 dual core processor with 1.3GHz clock and same 18W TDP continues to live through the first half of 2012 and probably beyond.

This brings us to the main course, the E-240 single-core, a 1.5GHz clocked CPU with HD 6310 graphics and 18W TDP that is doomed to reach its final shipment in mid of Q4 2011 and the last chips to ship in middle of Q2 2012. Brazos will be succeeded by Deccan platform and Wichita APUs but this happens in second half of 2012.

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-11 #1 dicobalt 2011-10-05 11:47
18W is way too much power draw for such a low end CPU. This thing should be under 10W at least.
 
 
+5 #2 muppet show 2011-10-05 13:13
Quoting dicobalt:
18W is way too much power draw for such a low end CPU. This thing should be under 10W at least.


That's a nice idea, but in the real word there aren't any x86 chips that offer similar performance at a better TDP. Intel certainly don't.

ARM is a different matter. With the soon to be launched A15 (or even A9) quad-cores, you'll see chips exceed the E3/450 performance at much lower TDP. But then you won't be able to run Windows until W8 launches.
 
 
+4 #3 hoohoo 2011-10-05 15:14
Couple things:

1. "...eminent extinction ..." should be "...imminent exctinction...".

2. Dicobalt - 18W for CPU + GPU + north bridge is decent when compared to an Atom solution, and more so when you comapre the graphics capability of the Zacate & Brazos to that of Intel's competiting offering.
 
 
+2 #4 redisnidma 2011-10-05 17:46
Quoting muppet show:
...ARM is a different matter. With the soon to be launched A15 (or even A9) quad-cores, you'll see chips exceed the E3/450 performance at much lower TDP. But then you won't be able to run Windows until W8 launches.


Lower TDP yes, but I seriously doubt that ARM cores will beat Zacate (performance wise), and let's not even mention GPU performance as well. ;-)
 
 
+6 #5 pogsnet 2011-10-05 18:16
@muppet show

It cannot match the x86 performance. Even 3Ghz ARM cannot win over 1Ghz x86. You know why check how complex an x86 architecture is, you will need 3-5 years to build new architecture while an ARM you will just need 1-2 yrs.
 
 
-1 #6 parker 2011-10-06 21:41
@pogsnet

A 3ghz arm is the same as a 1Ghz x86? Where did you get this info from? Which x86 CPU?

When the muppet show spoke about the Cortex A15, he wasn't just making things up. The A15 will be 40% quicker than the current A9. The current A9 dual core @ 2GHz is the same as a dual core 1.66GHz Atom using 1/10 of the power. The A15 will use less power than the A9 and will be 40% quicker! A quote from ITProPortal "one can easily envision that a 4 core Cortex-A15 will shatter the 40K DMIPS barrier, putting it within touching distance of the AMD Phenom II X4 940 BE @ 43K DMIPS @ 3GHz" whilst being 1/10 of the power of a atom.

So i think you will find that a 3GHz ARM will beat a 1GHz x86, not that there is any 3GHz ARM CPU's in use!
 
 
-1 #7 parker 2011-10-06 21:47
Quoting muppet show:
Quoting dicobalt:
18W is way too much power draw for such a low end CPU. This thing should be under 10W at least.


ARM is a different matter. With the soon to be launched A15 (or even A9) quad-cores, you'll see chips exceed the E3/450 performance at much lower TDP. But then you won't be able to run Windows until W8 launches.


Very true indeed, NVidia quad core A9's are quicker than any ATOM/E--- CPU it's just fact. It's a shame the X86 fans can't see this. When Win8 comes, things are going to heat up alot indeed. It will be very strange to see samsung, nvidia etc.. CPU's in Laptops/PC's.
 

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