Chip maker AMD has produced a new series of mobile APUs codenamed ‘Carrizo’, which will enter the market in 2015 and power machines running Windows 10.
These are designed as for gaming, productivity applications and ultra high-definition 4K experiences, with support for Microsoft DirectX 12, OpenCL 2.0, AMD’s own Mantle API, AMD FreeSync monitor tech and support for Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 10 operating system.
AMD’s first high performance system-on-a-chip (SoC) Carrizo and mainstream SoC Carrizo-L are scheduled to ship in the first half of 2015, with laptop and all-in-one systems based on the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family expected to enter the market by mid-2015.
The flagship Carrizo processor will integrate the new x86 CPU core codenamed Excavator with next generation AMD Radeon graphics in the world’s first Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) 1.0 compliant SoC.
The Carrizo-L SoC integrates the CPU codenamed Puma+ with AMD Radeon R-Series GCN GPUs and is intended for mainstream configurations.
In addition, an AMD Secure Processor will be integrated into the Carrizo and Carrizo-L APUs, enabling ARMTrustZone across the entire family for added security.
"We continue to innovate and build upon our existing IP to deliver great products for our customers," said John Byrne, senior VP and general manager for AMD’s computing and graphics business group.
"AMD’s commitment to graphics and compute performance, as expressed by our goal to improve APU energy efficiency 25x by 2020, combines with the latest industry standards and fresh innovation to drive the design of the 2015 AMD Mobile APU family. We are excited about the experiences these new APUs will bring and look forward to sharing more details in the first half of next year."