Intel isn’t the only company introducing new low-power chips for tablets this week. Rival AMD launched its 2013 processor lineup earlier this year, including several low-power chips.

Now the company is adding a new processor to the lineup. The AMD Elite Quad-Core A4-1350 is aimed at tablets, touchscreen notebooks, and hybrid devices. It’s expected to start shipping in October.

amd a4 elite

The 1 GHz quad-core processor features AMD Radeon HD 8210 graphics clocked at 300 MHz, and support for DirectX 11.1.

While the chip has a TDP of 8 watts, AMD is taking a page out of Intel’s book and announcing that the processor uses 3W or less “for many common use cases,” such as playing 1080p video, streaming YouTube videos, or surfing the web.

Paired with a decent battery and a tablet or notebook with a 13 inch or smaller screen, it should be possible to get reasonably long battery life from a machine with this type of processor.

AMD already offers an A4-1250 dual-core processor with a TDP of 8W. It’s interesting to see that the company’s quad-core variant isn’t expected to use any more power.

via Tom’s Hardware

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9 replies on “AMD introduces A4-1350 quad-core chip for tablets, notebooks”

  1. So, where is the tablets at?! Right now there are ZERO 7 or 8 inch AMD tablets. We need something better than the Atom in the 7 to 8 inch range of tablets!!

  2. “It’s interesting to see that the company’s quad-core variant isn’t expected to use any more power.” — It’s not that interesting, it’s just a matter of binning and the fact that AMD seems to be overly-conservative with their TDP measurements. On their A4-5000 15W Kabini part platform power consumption only goes up 16W when running furmark+prime95.

    ” I also suspect the 15W TDP is perhaps a bit conservative, total platform power consumption with all CPU cores firing never exceeded 12W (meaning SoC power consumption is far lower, likely sub-10W).”

  3. I like AMD but I do not think that removing the turbo on this processor is very smart! To me that is the last thing they need to do is to pull an Intel and remove features…speaking of chipzilla they are running scared and scarred of ARM and that makes them very dangerous! Just look at there processor lineup across the board they are on 22nm with finfets and nobody is going to be making fun of the latest Atom! The reality is that AMD is going to have to deliver across all it’s platforms just to stay even as now they will be facing both Intel and ARM. I do not understand why this stock did not go down this week new Atom announcement…either way Intel is in for the fight!

    1. There’s more then enough processing, GPU and memory bandwidth in current SoCs for the mobile.

      My guess is that the cheapest chip will win.

      1. But in the x86 business their Intel have dominated have it not ben the cheapest processor which has been dominating the business but rather what have Intel been offering except a processor.In Intels case it has also been cheaper memories like drm.

        So, in SoC business it will not only bee the cheapest SoC that will
        be most ucesful, it depends on more circumstances than that.

    2. AMD has already announced the start of their ARM line of processors so they don’t really face ARM.

      Altough the current roadmap only includes ARM server processors, I expect AMD to design and sell desktop/tablet ARM SOCs as well soon.

    1. And a lesser GPU according to the “model #”. Lack of turbo may apply to the GPU as well.

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