AMD just released its highly anticipated roadmap for 2013 at the Financial Analyst Day held in Sunnyvale, California. The highlight of the presentation was the company’s new interest in Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA), a technology that integrates CPU and GPU functions within its processors in a more aggressive and comprehensive manner.
The golden boy of the AMD portfolio is the A-Series APU for networks and desktops. The APUs brings speed and performance improvements when compared with the next generation. The new generation of chips offers AMD Dual Graphics which improves the visual performance up to 144% when a select APU is paired with a select AMD Radeon HD 6500 Series graphics card. The A-Series APUs combine up to four x86 CPU cores with up to 400 Radeon cores, thus providing DirectX 11-capabilities, discrete-level graphic and highly functionable HD video processing, all on a single chip.
The first APU processors were the part of the Brazos platform of C-series and E-series processors for the entry-level laptop market. And the E-350 APU has already found a home in a number of Notebooks alternative laptops such as the HP Pavilion dm1z or the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e. Such laptops delivered superior video and gaming performance compared to those offered by the Intel-based notebooks. Also AMD had something in store for the mid-range and high-end notebooks the Sabine platforms – the Sabine platform. The Sabine platform is made up of the A-series APUs (A4,A6 and A8) and will come in a wide variety of dual-core and quad-core options.
In 2012, the company will begin its passage into the discrete graphics over the 28-nanometer process node era. AMD will also incorporate a new GPU core named Core Next in its Southern Islands generation of graphics chips.