AMD Tapes Out Next-Generation Low Power Kabini APU – Launch Confirmed in 1H 2013
A recent report by Xbitlabs, confirms that AMD has already taped out one of its next-gen product which includes the Low Power Kabini APU. According to AMD, working samples of Kabini are already being tested by them and they are en-route for launch in first half of 2013.
“We already have working silicon for many of our new 2013 products in house, including our next-generation 28nm Kabini APU, which is the successor to our highly successful Brazos platform and our first true SoC design. We are making good progress with the bring up of Kabini, which remains on track to launch in the first half of next year,” said Rory Read, chief executive officer of AMD, during a conference call with financial analysts.
AMD Low-Power Kabini APUs:
The Kabini APU is based on the new 28nm architecture featuring the new Jaguar cores which would offer improved performance yet lower power requirements since the APU is targeted towards low-power platforms. The chip would feature the PCH fused on its die making it a true SOC (System on chip) which doesn't needs to rely on external controllers. In addition, the new HSA features would also be introduced in Kabini and Tamesh 28nm ULP (Ultra Low Power) APUs which would be available by first half of 2013.
AMD however did not commented on its high performance chips such as the upcoming Kaveri which features Steamroller cores, Sea Islands IGP and neither the Steamroller Platform itself. It is a possibility that the chips might be delayed to 2014 but AMD has not yet commented on that. For now we would see the launch of AMD's new Vishera platform on 23rd October 2012.