AMD Gives CES Attendees a Glimpse of the Future
Among the technologies AMD showed off is a super-thin PC about the size of a business envelope running on its upcoming "Mullins" APU.Advanced Micro Devices officials at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week announced that the much-anticipated "Kaveri" chip for PCs will launch Jan. 14 and noted planned upgrades to other processors and graphics cards. However, it was the planned technology further down the road that seemed to generate even more interest, with AMD officials giving CES attendees an idea of how they envision the computing landscape shaping up over the coming months. Some of that included prototype systems based on the company's upcoming ultra-low-power "Mullins" accelerated processing unit (APU), which AMD talked about in November at its developer summit. The APU will include two to four CPU cores based on the upcoming "Puma" architecture. AMD officials also talked about other efforts, including the Discovery Project, designed to drive innovation in PC and tablet design, as well as a partnership with software maker BlueStacks to enable users to run an Android environment and Windows on the same system without having to reboot. Such initiatives are designed to address the broad array of computing devices being used by both consumers and businesses users, and to challenge Intel's dominance in the PC chip space, according to AMD officials.
"We live in an exciting new world where computing is everywhere and transforming our daily lives," Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Global Business Units, said in a statement. "AMD is at the heart of the innovations, driving a vision of 'Surround Computing' to provide the most visually compelling, immersive experiences in gaming, the next-generation of PCs, and the cloud."