AMD has been a bit player, at best, in the tablet space up until now. But this year the company plans to  launch new low power chips designed for tablets and ultrathin laptops.

The upcoming Temash chip is a low power chip aimed at Windows 8 tablets which AMD says offers twice the graphics power of the current Z-60 “Hondo” processor.

AMD’s new Kabini chip is the successor to the AMD Brazos line, and will offer a 50 percent performance boost for notebooks over current chips like the AMD E2-1800.

Both Kabini and Temash processors are due out in the first half of 2013.

AMD says Temash and Kabini will be the first quad-core x86 system-on-a-chip processors to hit the streets — although that probably depends on whether AMD ships its chips before Intel can bring its Atom Bay Trail processors to market later this year.

AMD is also updating its A-series processors to offer higher performance while consuming less power and improving battery life of notebooks featuring the upcoming chips (codenamed “Richland).

We’ve been hearing about the new Temash and Kabini chips for almost a year at this point, so it’s good to hear that they should finally be ready to ship… sometime within the next 6 months.

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4 replies on “AMD Temash, Kabini low power chips coming in the first half of 2013”

  1. 4 real cores, this design is unrelated to the modular design as seen in bulldozer/piledriver/richland. This is one chip lineup to watch in 2013 as it should hit the sweet spot for price vs performance across a range of devices from tablets to laptops as well as the avalanche of hybrids coming our way!

  2. By quad core, is it the AMD’s 1.5 cores = 2 cores thing (2 integer cores with 1 shared floating point core)?

    1. Just a bit of confusion, it’s the Kabini series (replaces the Brazos 2.0 product range) that will offer 2-4 cores but the Tamesh series (replaces Hondo) will only be dual core!

      The main change though is that these will be AMD’s first SoCs and Tamesh is suppose to go down to the 2W max TDP range, which is required to compete in the mobile tablet space…

      The CPU cores are getting updated from the present Bobcat cores to Jaguar, and combined with the die shrink to 28nm should give a small but noticeable performance improvement… Specifically, delivering more than ten percent higher frequencies and more than 15 percent more instructions per clock than Bobcat offers now.

      While graphical performance should see a similar improvement.

      A question of power efficiency remains though and we’ll have to wait and see how actual products perform…

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