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AMD talks up Brazos

by on10 September 2010

In two flavours
AMD has been revealing preliminary details of its future "Brazos" platform. Fusion marketing director John Taylor has been telling TG Daily that the platform will be for notebook, netbook and desktop systems.

"Brazos" will be available in two distinct APU flavours there will be the 18-watt TDP APU codenamed "Zacate" for ultrathin, mainstream notebooks, desktops and all-in-ones. Then there will be a nine watt APU dubbed "Ontario" for netbooks and other small form factor desktops and devices.

At the heart of both are low-power APU versions feature two 'Bobcat' x86 cores and fully support DirectX11, DirectCompute ) and OpenCL, Taylor said. Both ‘Zacate’ and ‘Ontario’ will have UVD dedicated hardware acceleration to enable HD video up to 1080p.

Dual, low-sipping "Bobcat" cores could manage mainstream CPU performance in less than one-half the die area with a "fraction" of the power. The cunning plan is to increase production of both APU iterations in 2010, with the first systems containing the chips slated to hit the streets in early 2011.

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