AMD Unveils New Beema, Mullins APUs for Tablets, Ultrathins
At their Developer Summit, officials with the vendor map out their mobile chip plans to challenge Intel and ARM next year.SAN JOSE, Calif.—Advanced Micro Devices is continuing to take the covers off its chip plans for PCs and mobile devices. On Nov. 11, AMD officials at the company's Developer Summit 2013 here announced that their long-awaited "Kaveri" low-power accelerated processing unit (APU)—which integrates both the PCU and graphics capabilities on the same silicon—would begin shipping to OEMs before the end of the year, and that notebook and desktop PCs running on by the low-power chips will start hitting the market in early 2014. Two days later, the company unveiled two new APUs for such devices as fanless tablets, 2-in-1 systems and ultrathin notebooks, all devices that demand both solid performance and very low power consumption. Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer at AMD, introduced the upcoming "Mullins" and "Beema" APUs during a keynote address at the event Nov. 13. According to AMD officials, the 28-nanometer systems-on-a-chip (SoCs)—both of which will include two to four "Puma" CPU cores and will feature Radeon graphics—will offer twice the performance-per-watt of the vendor's current "Kabini" and "Temash" chips, which were released earlier this year. Kaveri will run on the Steamroller core architecture.
The SoCs also will offer security features developed by AMD leveraging ARM's TrustZone technology found in the Cortex-A5 architecture, a partnership that was announced last year and has been extended to include AMD offering ARM-based server chips starting in 2014. The security capabilities will make online transactions, such as mobile payments, more secure, officials said.