Laptops with AMD’s new Brazos 2.0 processors are already starting to hit the market, but the chip maker hasn’t said much about the platform… until today.
The new 1.4 GHz AMD E1-1200 and 1.7 GHz AMD E2-1800 are 18W processors with Radeon HD 7310 and Radeon HD 7340 graphics, respectively. They’re not as fast as the Trinity processors AMD launched recently, but they’re cheaper.
AMD expects the next-generation E-Series processors to power notebooks to show up in laptops that sell for well under $600.
The new chips will fill the same niche as last year’s AMD E-300, E-350, and E-450 processors. Both of the new chips feature support for DirectX 11 graphics, optimizations for Windows 8, and lower power consumption during idle, allowing for up to 11 hours of battery life (assuming you have a reasonably high capacity battery).
AMD’s new E-series chips also now support SATA III 6Gb/s and USB 3.0.
The AMD E1-1200 supports DDR3-1066 memory and has a GPU speed of 500 MHz. The E2-1800 supports faster DDR3-1333 memory and has a GPU clocked at 680 MHz.
As relatively low power processors, we’ll likely see the new chips in affordable portable computers soon. But last year’s E-Series chips also had a habit of showing up in low cost laptops with 14 and 15 inch screens. I wouldn’t be surporised to see Brazos 2.0 chips in larger laptops as well.
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