AMD is rolling out a new line of premium processors aimed at commercial notebook and desktop computers.

The new AMD PRO line of chips include built-in security features, support for the new AMD PRO Control Center that allows IT professionals to manage a series of computers, and support for heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) to allow CPU and graphics cores to work together on some tasks.

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One of the most intriguing new chips is the AMD PRO A12, which is the company’s first notebook processor with 12 compute cores (4 CPU and 8 GPU cores). The chip supports CPU clock speeds up to 3.4 GHz and features Radeon R7 graphics with speeds up to 800 MHz.

The mobile lineup also includes quad-core AMD PRO A8 and A10 chips with Radeon R6 graphics.

Each of the new processors, formerly code-named Carrizo PRO, also support ARM TrustZone technology, and HEVC video decoding.

There are also new desktop chips, previously code-named Godavari PRO, which AMD says will be available initially in desktops from HP, and Lenovo.

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6 replies on “AMD launches PRO A-Series chips for notebooks and desktops”

  1. Moore’s law isnt slowing down due to tech barriers. Intel et al want to milk the crap out of the product development cycle. I wish Chinese would come in and give Intel a serious kick in the pants that AMD obviously is incapable of. Then Intel would be obliged to go 450 mm or to follow Samsung on hyper-vertical vias. There is plenty of work and tech potential in the pipeline, the chip business simply isnt motivated.

  2. Carp on AMD all you want. They are the only reason why you are not using $500 Pentium 10 processors right now that are slightly faster than Pentium 4 processors.
    Intel can and has done great things but wouldn’t even try without competition. Hopefully ARM gives them grief for a good long while going forward.

  3. AMD has nothing competitive to offer at this point, in the consumer space i doubt we will see anything become available much before 2017!

  4. Fans will sound like vacuum-cleaners and batteries will last 3 hours.

  5. Yay for a new batch of 28 nm CPUs! It supposed to compete with Intel Sandy Bridge, right?

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