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AMD Launches 'Kaveri' Mobile APUs

04 June 2014

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) unveiled its latest advanced notebook chips—featuring as many as 12 cores—Wednesday (June 4) at the Computex Taipei tradeshow in Taiwan.

AMD (Santa Clara, Calif.) said its 2014 Performance Mobile APUs are geared toward ultrathin and high-performance mobile PCs, bringing the features and capabilities of AMD's A-Series APU family—codenamed Kaveri—to the world of mobile computing.

"This is really a culmination of a roadmap that started way back in 2010 and 2009 when we envisioned the way the APU platform would roll out over time," said Kevin Lensing senior director of mobility solutions at AMD, in an interview in advance of the product launch.

The new mobile APUs are the first mobile chips to include Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture for mobile devices, AMD said.

AMD launched its 2014 low-power and mainstream APUs a little more than a month ago. The company initially unveiled the Kaveri product range at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

APUs—or accelerated processing units—are AMD's version of a chip that combines both processor and graphics cores.

The announcement of the 2014 Performance Mobile APU family features AMD’s first FX-branded enthusiast-class APU for notebooks. The 2014 Performance Mobile APUs offer as many as 12 compute cores, including four CPU and eight GPU cores, AMD said.

AMD also introduced a professional line of the Performance Mobile APUs—AMD PRO A-Series—designed especially with business in mind. AMD Pro A-Series chips have been incorporated into a complete line of HP commercial PCs, also being unveiled at Computex.

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