AMD Launching Carrizo APUs in December – Featuring Next Gen GCN and Excavator Cores
According to Digitimes AMD is preparing to release its next generation APU code named Carrizo this year. The first APUs to the scene are the Carrizo-L family for entry level notebooks. With the more capable full blown Carrizo chips coming to mainstream notebooks later in 2015.
AMD Carrizo APU Will Replace Kaveri, Beema and Mullins
Carrizo will be replacing Kaveri in mainstream notebooks by March of 2015. The Carrizo-L family however will be coming sooner. And it will replace current low power Beema and Mullins APUs by the end of this year in December. Beema and Mullins are AMD’s latest low power APUs based on the Puma CPU core. Which is the second generation of the Jaguar core featured in the PS4 and XBOX ONE.
Mainstream Carrizo will compete with Intel’s Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 mobile series of processors. While Carrizo-L will be competing with the lower cost Pentium and Celeron chips.
AMD’s Carrizo processors will feature quad-core architecture and adopt a 28nm process and Excavator Core. The APUs will also support DDR3-2133 memory, Windows 10/Windows 8.1, Ubuntu and SLED operating systems, the sources noted.
AMD Adopting a New Strategy
AMD’s strategy for the past three years has been to target the low power segment with the smaller more efficient cat cores (Bobcat, Jaguar). While the mainstream segment gets the more powerful but also more power hungry Bulldozer family based designs.
With the 4th generation of the Bulldozer family of cores code named Excavator. AMD will begin a new strategy.In which it will use a single core design to target both the low power and mainstream segments. AMD has driven the efficiency of its new CPU core to a level that makes this viable. AMD will still target the ultra low power segment with small cores in 2015 with Skybridge. With Skybridge AMD will use ARM cores and x86 cores interchangeably in one SOC. Skybridge SOCs will feature tuned A57 ARM cores and Puma+ cores. The chips will be 20nm based and will target tablets and convertibles in 2015. The SOCs in question are code named Nolan and Amur which we’ve covered in an article yesterday.
To people in the know this seems like less of a surprise. Since Intel has been following this strategy as well with its Core family of processors. While Intel will continue to have a second even lower power family of processors based on the low power Atom family of cores. AMD means to address the Atom sort of market segment with ARM cores instead. Leveraging the inherent architectural efficiency of the ARM ISA over x86. Which is something Intel doesn’t intend to do because it would represent something of an admission of defeat for the company that’s all about x86.