AMD Expands Elite Mobility APU Line-Up With New Quad-Core Processor

New AMD A-Series APU Delivers Entry-Level Quad-Core Performance Plus AMD Radeon HD Graphics for Tablets, Hybrids and Small-Screen Touch Notebooks

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Sep 11, 2013) - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced a new addition to its 2013 Elite Mobility processor family, expanding the options available for anyone seeking crystal-clear HD entertainment, power efficiency, and accelerated performance in small screen touch notebooks, tablets, and hybrids. The AMD Elite Quad-Core A4-1350 accelerated processor is the second quad-core accelerated processing pnit (APU) in this category, with an estimated average power at or below 3 watts for many common use cases1. The new APU is expected to begin shipping to customers in October, 2013. Other AMD Elite Mobility APUs are available in systems today, including the HP Pavilion11 TouchSmart and the Acer Aspire V5.

"Following the tremendous reception from customers to the launch of our 2013 Elite Mobility APUs, we are excited to strengthen our portfolio with the addition of the A4-1350," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president, AMD Client Business Unit. "With quad-core performance, AMD Radeon™ HD graphics and long battery life, the A4-1350 is an ideal solution for new form factors like hybrid and convertible PCs."

Delivering high-quality HD media and gaming experiences in small-screen touch and emerging form factors elevates AMD Elite Mobility APUs to a class of their own. Available in dual- and quad-core configurations, the series combines "Jaguar" x86 central processing unit (CPU) cores with Graphics Core Next AMD Radeon™ HD 8000 Series graphics. Key performance metrics for the AMD Elite Mobility family include:

  • Up to 172 percent more CPU performance-per-watt and up to 212 percent better graphics performance-per-watt than the previous generation2,3;
  • Up to 12 hours of resting battery life4;
  • Up to 45 percent longer battery life and nearly five times more GPU performance than the competition5, 6.

Elite User Experiences from AMD
In addition to its unique performance capabilities, the AMD A4-1350 APU is expressly designed to not only support media- and graphics-intensive workloads, but also a range of connectivity and user interface options that enhance the PC experience, including:

  • AMD Radeon™ Graphics with DirectX® 11.1 support -- Enjoy discrete-level performance for crisp & sharp photos, movies and games.
  • AMD Dock Port -- Use up to four external monitors and sync to other devices through a single connection.
  • AMD AllDay™ Power -- Stay unplugged with long battery life.
  • AMD Start Now technology7-- Boot up or resume from hibernate in seconds.

Availability and Technical Details
The AMD A4-1350 APU is expected to begin shipping to customers in October 2013 for use in small-screen touch notebooks, tablets, and hybrids 13-inches and below. Technical details for this new processor are as follows:

                                 
APU Model   AMD Radeon™ Brand   TDP   CPU Cores   CPU Clock (Max/Base)   AMD Radeon™ Cores   GPU Clock (Max/Base)   L2 Cache   Max DDR3
A4-1350   HD 8210   8W   4   1.0 GHz   128   300MHz   4MB   DDR3-1066
                                 

Along with 2013 Elite Mobility APUs, two other families complete the 2013 AMD Mobility APU line-up:

  • The 2013 AMD Mainstream APU (codenamed "Kabini") -- the first and only quad-core x86 SoC solution for entry-level and small screen touch notebooks;
  • Low power and standard watt versions of the 2013 AMD Elite Performance APU (formerly codenamed "Richland") -- offer the best graphics and compute in a performance APU for premium ultrathin, traditional and performance notebooks.

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1. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. Power consumption estimates are based off measured wattages of the AMD A6-1450 with AMD Turbo Core disabled, which is architecturally equivalent to the A4-1350 and should yield equivalent results. System test results for the A6-1450 (with AMD Turbo Core disabled) are 1.1W for Wi-Fi web browsing, 1.6W for MobileMark 2012, 2.3W for 1080p video playback (H.264), 2.8W for streaming YouTube 1080p playback, and 3.0W for 3Dmark11 Performance. AMD "Larne" reference platform system with the AMD A6-1450 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 8250 Graphics, 2x2GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM, 128G SSD, Broadcom wireless adapter, video driver 12.101.0.0 and Windows 8 build 9200. This restricted setting emulates the power consumption of the A4-1350.

2. Test conducted in AMD Labs measuring performance per watt based on system level performance with PCMark 7. Scores were divided by the platform's TDP wattage where the AMD C-70 APU is 9W and the AMD A4-1200 APU is 4W, to produce a performance-per-watt (ppw) value. The A4-1200 APU scored 1029 on PCMark 7 for a ppw of 257 while the C-70 APU scored 850 on PCMark 7 for a ppw of 94 ppw. The systems tested are the AMD "Larne" reference platform with a configuration including the A4-1200 APU with Radeon™ HD 8180 graphics, 4GB DDR3-1066 system memory and the "Inagua" reference platform with the AMD C-70 APU with Radeon HD 7310 graphics, 2x 2GB DDR3-1066 system memory. Both systems were running Microsoft Windows 8. AMD tests are performed on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary their configuration yielding different results. TEM-27

3. Test conducted in AMD Labs measuring performance per watt based on visual performance with 3DMark 11 - Performance (1280x1024). Scores were divided by the platform's TDP wattage where the AMD C-70 APU is 9W and the AMD A4-1200 APU is 4W, to produce a performance-per-watt (ppw) value. The A4-1200 APU scored 297 on 3DMark 11 for a ppw of 74.25 while the C-70 APU scored 214 on 3DMark 11 for a ppw of 23.78 ppw. The systems tested are the AMD "Larne" reference platform with a configuration including the A4-1200 APU with Radeon™ HD 8180 graphics, 4GB DDR3-1066 system memory and the "Inagua" reference platform with the AMD C-70 APU with Radeon HD 7310 graphics, 2x 2GB DDR3-1066 system memory. Both systems were running Microsoft Windows 8. AMD tests are performed on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary their configuration yielding different results. TEM-25

4. Power projections based on calculations carried out by AMD Performance Labs measuring total system and individual component power at Windows Idle and under various system loads while web browsing and/or viewing a 9:57 minute online video in h.264 format, viewed at 1080P setting at 100 nits. The AMD "Larne" reference platform is projected to measure APU power at 1.2 W at idle, 1.40 W during web browsing, 2.35 W during video playback and 0.02 W during a system S3 "sleep" state. Total system power for the reference platform is projected at 2.8 W at idle, 3.7 W during web browsing, 5.3 W during video playback and 0.07 W during a system S3 "sleep" state. Battery life calculations were derived using a 35Whr battery pack at 98 percent utilization. The power projections are based on the "Larne" reference system with a configuration including the A4-1200 Dual Core 1.0GHz APU, AMD Radeon™ HD 8180 series graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8. TEM-1

5. Power measurements carried out by AMD Performance Labs measuring total system and individual component power while web browsing and viewing a local video playback viewed at 1080P and screen brightness of 100 nits. Total system power was 5.1W for video playback 4.2W for web browsing. The Intel system measured a total system power consumption of 7.3W for video playback and 6.1W for web browsing. Battery life calculations for both platforms were derived using a 33Whr battery pack with 96 percent utilization and showed AMD battery life of 6.2 hours for video playback and 7.6 hours for web browsing. The Intel system calculated battery life of at 4.3 hours of video playback and 5.3 hours of web browsing. The systems tested are the AMD "Larne" reference system with a configuration including the A6-1450 1.0GHz APU with Radeon™ HD 8250 series graphics, 4GB DDR3-1066 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8, and the Acer Iconia W700-6607 with an Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz, Intel integrated graphics, 4GB DDR3 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8. AMD tests were performed on optimized AMD reference systems; PC manufacturers may vary their configuration yielding different results. TEM-24

6. Test conducted in AMD Performance Labs using FutureMark 3DMark for Windows 8 Ice Storm Test as a metric for GPU performance. The AMD A4-1200 APU-based system scored 11,920 while the Intel Atom Z2760 based system scored 2431. The platforms tested were the "Larne" reference platform with an AMD A4-1200 Dual Core 1.0GHz APU, AMD Radeon™ HD 8180 series graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8, versus an Acer ICONIA W510-1666 with an Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz CPU, Intel integrated graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 system memory and Microsoft Windows 8. TEM-18

7. AMD Start Now technology is a BIOS optimized solution designed to deliver better system responsiveness by minimizing the time to wake up the system from sleep mode, boot the system to desktop and connect to a wireless local area network. Actual times will vary based on operating system, APU, driver, disk drive and memory speed. AMD Start Now technology is available with select AMD APUs when running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Check with your component or system manufacturer or retailer for specific model capabilities.

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