AMD accelerated processing unit (APU)

The cat has already been out of the bag for a while, but today AMD officially updated its C-Series and E-Series processors. Some of the new chips are designed to offer better performance and longer battery life than the AMD C-30, C-50, E-240, and E-350 chips that launched late last year.

All of the new chips offer support for HD video playback and DisplayPort ++ for use with HDMI or DisplayPort monitors or televisions. They also support DDR3 1333 GHz memory. Some of the new chips also support Turbo Core technology which allows multi-core chips to overclock one core while underclocking the other to improve performance while reducing power usage on certain tasks.

The new processors are designed for notebooks and netbooks and each uses less than 18W of power. While you should see better performance from some of these processors, they’re designed to be energy efficient chips that offer decent battery life. They’re not desktop-class chips.

Here’s a rundown of the new lineup:

AMD C-60

  • Clock speed: 1 Ghz to 1.33 GHz
  • GPU clock speed: 276 MHz to 400 MHz
  • Cores: 2
  • TDP: 9W
  • Resting battery life: 12 hours

AMD E-300

  • Clock Speed: 1.3 GHz
  • GPU clock speed: 488 MHz
  • Cores: 2
  • TDP: 18W
  • Resting battery life: 9.5 hours

AMD E-450

  • Clock Speed: 1.65 GHz
  • GPU clock speed: 508 MHz to 600 MHz
  • Cores: 2
  • TDP: 18W
  • Resting battery life: 10.6 hours

These chips join the 1.2 GHz single core AMD C-30 and 1 GHz dual core AMD C-50 9W chips and the 1.5 GHz AMD E-240 single core and 1.6 GHz AMD E-350 dual core 18W processors.

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5 replies on “AMD officially launches next gen C and E-Series chips”

  1. Misleading title. This is not next gen, this is just some speed bump models. Next Gen is Krishna and Wichita APU’s.

  2. From most of the deep hardware tests I’ve seen…  It’s not a memory bandwidth issue…  It’s literally the performance of the CPU.  I’ve seen tests of these chips with 1866 chips with the FSB kicked up, and a lot of other tests, and well…  Just like Llano, nothing seems to budge them.  And from the memory tests, it’s not because the 1333 bandwidth channel that comes stock is saturated.

    Maybe you’ve seen something else.  I’d love to hear it if you have.I love these chips, and I’m glad they’re getting improved, I just don’t think that the Memory Controller is the issue.  Sometimes an architecture just has limits.  They’re better than Atom, and good enough for most things, and even gaming if you crank either the rezolution or the details down.The thing is, I’m nto too excited about the E-450, it should be a lot like the difference between a 1.6 and a 1.66 Atom…  Worth having, but not worth spending extra on.The biggest speed bumps BY FAR are on the lower end chips, especially on the enhanced GPU speeds…  The lowly C-50 got a 30% clock boost for crying out loud, and they almost doubled the GPU!  The C-30 got a 33% speed boost, etc.  The E series…  not so much, although the extra hundred mhz on the GPU can’t hurt anything.

    1. I don’t believe there was any mention of a faster version of the C-30, 1.2GHz is its normal clock speed and it’s a single core chip.

      The AMD Turbo Core is for the dual core chips and isn’t a pure clock speed boost.  It only over clocks a single core, while under clocking the other to balance out the power usage.

      The main benefit is thus to the GPU, but like Intel Turbo Boost this is just a boost as needed feature and also depends on how cool the system is running as over heating will lesson how long the feature can stay enabled.  Also it depends on how good the predictive feature is to determine when the boost is needed to how effective it will be.

  3. i so wants to see benchmarks of the E-450, tho it is unlikely that AMD have figured out the ram bandwidth issue that seems to have hobbled the previous models.

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