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AMD lifts the lid on Temash and Kabini chips

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Thu May 23 2013, 05:00
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CHIP DESIGNER AMD has revealed details about its Temash and Kabini chips for tablets and mainstream laptops ahead of Computex.

AMD's Jaguar core is best known for powering both Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's Playstation 4 (PS4) games consoles, but AMD has lifted the lid on chips based on the same compute cores for tablets and laptops. The firm revealed details about its Temash and Kabini processors, both of which are quad-core chips.

AMD has been inching towards creating a true system on chip (SoC) for years and Temash will be the firm's first such chip. The company said it will feature two or four Jaguar cores with 1MB of Level 2 cache per two cores, support for DDR3L memory and real-time 1080p resolution decode for H.264 video, and will be pitched at tablets and laptop/tablet hybrid devices with screens smaller than 13in.

AMD is using its established A series model numbers, with the dual core A4-1200 and A4-1250 1GHz chips having TDPs of 3.9W and 9W, respectively, being pitched against Intel's Clovertrail Atom chips. The firm said the difference in TDPs between the two dual-core chips came from the GPU, which is clocked at 300MHz on the A4-1250 as opposed to 225MHz on the A4-1200, while the firm's quad-core A6-1450 has an 8W TDP and the ability to boost the 1GHz clock speed up to 1.4GHz.

While Temash is intended for tablets and low-end convertible mobile devices, Kabini is intended for the high volume mainstream laptop market. The firm has split the branding into dual-core E series chips that range from 9W and 15W TDP sporting clock speeds from 1GHz for the E1-2100 to 1.65GHz for the E2-3000.

AMD's A series branded Kabini chips sport quad-cores with the 15W A4-5000 and 25W A6-5200 being clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GHz, respectively. AMD said its A4 series chips are intended to compete against Intel's Pentium chips, while the A6 series chips go up against Intel's Core i3 chips.

For AMD, Temash and Kabini are very important parts, as they target the high volume low-end laptop market and the fast growing tablet market. With AMD's graphics capabilities, it is not surprising that the firm will be pushing Temash for Windows tablets that can use its DirectX 11.1 support, but the real question isn't the AMD's silicon but how popular Windows tablets will be. µ


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