Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD)’s Z-60 APU Follows Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)’s Clover Trail

For a number of reasons, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.(NYSE:AMD) and Intel Corporation(NASDAQ:INTC) are in similar soups. Both are major players when it comes to desktop chip market, but have a terrible presence on the mobile tablet market. To rectify the latter, Intel has recently declared its new tablet processor that is codenamed as Clover Trail. AMD promptly follows this action by declaring the firm’s Z-60 accelerated processing unit, APU. The two will get into rivalry again, but for a different market this time, which neither has a dominating presence not the recognition for.

Similar to Intel’s Atom Z2 760 system on a chip, AMD owns a recipe that needs tackling of Windows 8 Pro tablet market rather than feature-stripped Windows RT tablets. The two companies take the familiar approach once again by using x86 processors to make a dash on the varied tablet market. The dual-core AMD Z-60 shows off features like AMD ‘Start Now’ that is designed to deliver fast boot and recommence from sleep, up to 8 hours of browsing battery life and 6 hours of HD video playback.

AMD Radeon is responsible for the graphics part, and delivers support for 1080p resolutions, DirectX11 capability and HDMI Output. It seems only to deliver a corresponding effort with analogous solutions that are either rumored or already launched.

Two alternatives have been declared. Both comes with a dual-core 1.0 GHz CPU, a TDP of 5.9 W and 4.5 W respectively, 80 Radeon cores, a GPU clock speed of 276 MHz and 275 MHz respectively and 1 MB of L2 cache.

Corporate vice president of Ultra-Low Power Products at AMD, Steve Belt, has said that the firm sees a large gap between the low-end and high-end competitive offerings that let AMD to feature in tablet designs. Such designs are likely to please customer and users in the same way.

A competitive price will let AMD to makes its place in the tablet market and it will also cause a few problems for the Windows 8 network. 

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