AMD’s new processors for notebooks and low-power desktops are starting to ship. The AMD 7000 Series chips are now available in China and should be available globally soon.
The new processors are 28nm chips which feature AMD Radeon graphics and support for DirectX 12 graphics. AMD says they’re more energy efficient than their predecessors, while offering more performance-per-watt thanks to support for heterogeneous systems architecture (HSA) which taps the power of the graphics processor for some activities that would normally rely on the CPU alone.
Here are some of the first AMD 7000 Series chips:
- E1-7010: 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU with Radeon graphics, 1MB L2 cache, DDR-1333 memory
- E2-7110: 1.8 GHz quad-core CPU with Radeon graphics, 2MB L2 cache, DDR3-1600 memory
- A4-7210: 2.2 GHz quad-core CPU with Radeon R3 graphics, 2MB L2 cache, DDR3-1600 memory
- A6-7310: 2.4 GHz quad-core CPU with Radeon R4 graphics, 2MB L2 cachce, DDR3-1600 memory
- AMD A8-7410: 2.5 GHz quad-core CPU with Radeon R5 graphics, 2MB L2 cache, DDR3-1866 memory
AMD says the dual-core E1-7010 chip has a 10 watt TDP while the E2-7110 has a TDP of 12 – 15 watts. All of the A series chips have 12-25W TDPs.
The chip maker has also introduced the new Radeon M300 series graphics for notebook makers looking for higher-performance graphics chips.
Meanwhile, the company hopes to shift its focus over the next few years to rely less on the consumer and low-end PC space and focus more on enterprise and specialty markets including game consoles and casino gaming machines.
AMD processors for notebooks and other mobile computers aren’t going away anytime soon. But the chip maker seems to be trying to differentiate its upcoming products form offerings by rivals Intel and NVIDIA by offering higher performance rather than lower prices.