AMD targets long-lasting hybrid tablets with new Temash processors

May 23, 2013

AMD’s dual-core A4 and A6 Temash-based processors focus on an area AMD calls “Elite Mobility”, which covers touch-based tablets, hybrids and notebooks with a screen size of 13-inches or below.

The A4-1200, A4-1250 and A6-1450 processors will offer Radeon HD 8100 and 8200 graphics for tablets, which will help with gaming and decoding HD videos, while the A4-1200’s power consumption of 3.9W should see it offer long-battery life.

The chipset compares favorably with previous AMD and Intel designs, according to the company.

The firm says that Temash boasts a 212% graphics boost-per-watt compared to the 2012 AMD C-70 (as used in the Acer Aspire One netbooks) and a 172% improvement over other x86 chipsets, all while providing up to five times the battery life of Intel’s Atom Z2760 (which features in HP’s Envy x2 and Acer’s Iconia W510 among other hybrid tablets).

Indeed, the processor is so energy-friendly that AMD reckons it can manage 12 hours of battery life in standby, which is said to be 45% longer than a Core i3-based Windows 8 tablet.

Temash, which will support Full HD 1080p displays and the incoming Windows Blue operating system update, is not all about battery saving and graphic performance though, as it also comes with some handy features for controlling tablets and connecting to peripheral devices.

For instance, the A600 system-on-chip adds AMD Screen Mirror to show what’s on the screen to a connected TV, while gesture controls and AMD FaceLogin allow for secure authentication.

Temash chips will support up to two USB 3.0 ports, ten USB 2.0 ports and eSATA, HDMI, PCI Express, VGA and other connections. One version of the processor is believed to be featured in one of Microsoft's new Surface tablets still in development.

AMD’s two other new system-on-chip (SoC) families, codenamed Kabini and Richland, are for touch notebooks and ultrathin notebooks.


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