AMD Officially Announces Third Generation Richland A-Series Mobile APUs – 50% Faster GPU Than Intel Core i7 Mobile

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AMD today officially announced their third generation Richland A-Series Mobile APUs featuring an updated version of the Piledriver core architecture and HD 8000 series integrated graphics processing unit.

AMD’s Third Generation Richland A-Series Mobile APUs Launched

The Richland A-Series Mobile APU lineup from AMD consist of four Elite A-Series model with base TDP of 35W, these are aimed towards performance notebooks and are listed below:

  • A10-5750M 4 Core, 2.5/3.5 GHz, 4MB Cache, HD 8650G (384 SPs)
  • A8-5550M 4 Core, 2.1/3.1 GHz, 4MB Cache, HD 8550G (256 SPs)
  • A6-5350M 2 Core, 2.9/3.5 GHz, 1MB Cache, HD 8450G (192 SPs)
  • A4-5150M 2 Core, 2.7/3.3 GHz, 1MB Cache, HD 8350G (128 SPs)

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“The high performance AMD A-Series APU continues to impress with its ability to deliver stunning graphics and immersive experiences with even more battery life. Our engineers have done a superb job of increasing processor performance while decreasing power consumption,” said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager of AMD’s Client Business Unit. “With the capabilities built into our 2013 AMD Elite A-Series APUs, including new software for gesture control, facial recognition, rich entertainment and more lifelike gaming, we are delivering an ever richer experience to end users and our customers.” via AMD

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The new AMD Richland A-Series Elite Mobile APUs come with new technologies such as AMD Face Login, AMD Gesture Control, AMD Screen Mirror and AMD Video Entertainment features which are detailed below:

  • AMD Face Login – Uses facial recognition technology and a webcam to allow for quick log-in to Windows and other browser-based websites that require a log-in, like social networking sites and email services;
  • AMD Gesture Control – Tracks a user’s hand gestures and converts them into commands for basic functions on media players, browsers, e-readers and other popular applications leveraging a webcam, advanced image processing and machine-vision algorithms;
  • AMD Screen Mirror – Wirelessly shares content like photos, videos, HD media streams and webpages from a PC or tablet based on a 2013 AMD A-Series APU with any supported TV or display with a DLNA receiver, or with other PCs. Available only on select AMD-based devices;
  • AMD Video Entertainment Features – Make your content look its very best: AMD Steady Video technology gives users push-button control over shaky home video and helps stabilize the images for better viewing; AMD Quick Stream technology7 enables smooth video streaming and a virtually interruption free streaming experience; and AMD Perfect Picture HD8, creates rich and lifelike color on video entertainment.

Notebooks which would be equipped with the Richland A-Series Mobile APUs would be pre-loaded with these new features while they would also be available for users to download via AMD’s website when made available next month.

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AMD on the technical front have developed their new boost technology which delivers much more efficiency compared to Trinity APUs. What the new boost technology does is dynamically set CPU and GPU power during idle and load conditions. Suppose you load an app where CPU is more prioritized, the boost technology would decrease the GPU power so you can achieve faster clock speeds with the CPU, if an applications puts more load on the GPU than the CPU power would be dynamically decreased to an extent that it conserves power than wasting it. With the added features, the Richland A-Series Mobile APUs feature 47% more power efficiency compared to Trinity.

Similarly, due to new HD 8000 integrated GPUs which feature DX11.1 support, AMD has now achieved a 50% performance leap compared to Intel’s Core i7 “Ivy Bridge” Mobile CPUs. The new iGPU is based on the VLIW4 architecture but allows Dual GPU support with AMD’s HD 7000 series discrete GPUs based on the Southern Islands architecture. AMD’s APUs have always been faster on the GPU side however Intel Haswell’s iGPU is said to change the game when it arrives. The Richland A-Series Mobile APUs start shipping next month, AMD is also expected to launch their Richland A-Series desktop lineup with in the upcoming weeks.

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AMD won’t stop updating the APU platform just yet, in late 2013 the company is expected to launch their fourth generation Kaveri APU which would pack Steamroller and GCN 2.0 goodness along with HSA enhancements. Their Kabini and Temash Low power SOC chips are also expected to arrive within Q2 2013.

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