Chip maker AMD has revealed its new line of mobile APUs – codenamed ‘Kaveri’ – for portable PCs.
The new mobile APUs, announced at Computex 2014, mark the debut of Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features and Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture for mobile devices, making them AMD’s most advanced mobile APUs to date.
Notebook and desktop systems powered by AMD’s entire 2014 APU lineup, including systems from Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung,Toshiba and others also debuted at the Computex trade show in Taiwan.
"AMD takes a major step forward today on our journey to transform and enhance the computing experience with the launch of the 2014 Performance Mobile APU family," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD.
"With a combination of superior total compute performance, stunning graphics and efficient power use alongside industry-first technologies, these new APUs set a new bar for cutting-edge consumer and commercial PCs."
HP unveiled a range of Elite commercial PC designs featuring the AMD PRO series, including the EliteBook 725, 745 and 755 G2 notebook, the EliteOne All-in-One and the EliteDesk desktop PCs.
The new chips offer support for UltraHD 4K resolutions, feature up to 12 compute cores, Heterogeneous System Architecture (allowing the CPU and GPU to work together by quickly dividing and directing the right tasks toward the appropriate cores), and Graphics Core Next Architecture with AMD Radeon R7 series graphics and compute capability.
They offer support for AMD’s Mantle API and AMD Radeon Dual Graphics provide a performance boost from 49 per cent to 108 per cent.
AMD also claims that the A10-APU offers up to 50 per cent better graphics performance and more than 1.2 times the compute performance versus the Intel i5-4200U ‘Haswell’ chip, and the FX APU has up to 58 per cent better graphics performance and more than 1.13 times the compute performance versus the Intel i7-4500U Haswell chip.