Chip maker AMD has introduced its new AM1 platform featuring the quad-core and dual-core 'Kabini' APU into the component channel for system builders.
AMD says the AM1 platform will deliver 'award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture' and AMD Jaguar CPU cores, and bear the AMD Athlon and AMD Sempron APU brands.
This will create upgradable platforms featuring USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s support, and microATX and miniITX motherboards for power-efficient small form factor PCs.
'Kabini' desktops and components are due early April, with global availability expected on April 9th.
The AMD AM1 platform delivers balanced computing with DirectX 11.2 and Windows 8.1 support to mainstream markets. In addition, motherboard manufacturers including ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, ECS, Gigabyte and MSI will deliver a range of next-gen desktop motherboards based on socket FS1b. These will support the latest specifications of native USB 3.0 and SATA 6GB/s for AMD Athlon and Sempron-series APUs for the AM1 platform.
"AMD continues our APU technology leadership by introducing the AM1 platform with 'Socketed Kabini', an APU designed for the mainstream market," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Business Unit, AMD.
"The AM1 platform gives us a great opportunity to deliver a flexible infrastructure environment, and provides a multitude of options for consumers and system builders looking for upgradeability packed into an extremely affordable solution."