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AMD announces E-series second gen APUs

Extends notebook battery life and improves video playback
Wed Jun 06 2012, 05:39

CHIP MAKER AMD announced that it has overhauled its second generation of ultrathin notebook Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) at Computex in Taiwan today.

Designed for notebooks and desktop PCs and optimised for Windows 8, AMD revealed the E2-1800 and the E1-1200 promising longer battery life, faster transfer speeds and improved video streaming abilities.


Formerly codenamed "Brazos 2.0", AMD has marketed its 2012 E-series APU towards "improved mobility" with a pledge that it will ensure 36 per cent longer unplugged running times on mobile devices and allowing 11 hours of "resting" battery life. Inferring it is probably a lot less if they are to undergo heavier use.

Speaking at the event, AMD's vice president of global business units, Lisa Su, said, "One of the key features of the APUs is our acceleration capabilities. Our video streaming acceleration improves the volume of data transfered that improves the video playback and video conferencing capabilities in multimedia files."

Su compared two side-by-side video clips of a helicopter take-off, one running on what AMD said was its "competitor" (no prizes for guessing that one) and one running on AMD's new E-series APU.

She added, "Our technology is better when looking at video. Our competitor's technology is dull and shaky and you can't see all of its features. Then you can see our video powered by the E-series APU using our HD multimedia Steady Video technology. The APU automatically makes corrections."

In short, the feature has been designed to help remove shakes and jitters from online video playback in web browser plug-ins including Windows Media Player and VLC player.

Both E-series models will come with built-in AMD Radeon HD 7000 series graphics with direct X 11, "Superspeed" USB3.0 ports with a transfer rate of 5GB/s along with boosts in frequency level.

The E2-1800 has a clock speed of 1.7GHz and an 18W thermal design power (TDP), running on two CPU Cores, 80 AMD Radeon Cores with a GPU base clock speed of 523MHz and a 1MB cache.

The E2-1200 has a clock speed of 1.4GHz and an 18W TDP, running on two CPU Cores, 80 AMD Radeon Cores with a GPU base clock speed of 500MHz and a 1MB cache.

An AMD representative told The INQUIRER that HP and Samsung will be launching systems built around its new APU later this month. It also expects other OEMS such as Acer, Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba and Sony to launch products later this year.  µ


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