AMD reveals Windows 8-based Turbo Dock hybrid PC design, gets our hopes up

Intel has cornered the market in terms of its processors that have been put inside Windows 8-based convertible or hybrid PCs that combine tablets and notebooks in one product. Today, AMD announced a new technology that's designed to help boost the performance of a tablet when tied into a keyboard dock.

AMD's solution is called Turbo Dock, and PCs designed to use the technology will see CPU and GPU performance boosted by up to 40 percent when the tablet portion is connected to its keyboard dock. When the tablet is used away from the dock, the CPU and GPU go into a lower power mode to conserve battery life.

PCs that use Turbo Dock will have AMD's upcoming Temash processor inside. The company claims it has five time the graphics performance compared to Intel's current "Clover Trail" Atom Z2760 chip that's being used by a few Windows 8 tablets and convertibles. AMD plans to demo Temash in dual core and quad core versions next week at the Mobile World Congress trade show.  PCs that will use the AMD Turbo Dock technology with Temash inside are expected to go on sale later in 2013 but AMD did not announce which OEMs would offer PCs with that design.

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AMD I love you so much. You brought 64 bit and multi core computing to the consumer market. Hope that innovation doesn't end there.

Lprd2007 said,
AMD I love you so much. You brought 64 bit and multi core computing to the consumer market. Hope that innovation doesn't end there.

And cheap laptops with proper/decent graphics performance!
And APU's with decent graphical performance!

sorry to tell you AMD, but intel Bay Trail is coming which will have the same graphical improvements. clover trail uses SGX545 while Bay Trail will use the Ivy Bridge GPU architecture. Bay Trail is quad core and will have all day battery.

Intels new Haswell(4th gen core chips) will allow tablets to last 10 hours in tablet mode,and when docked 13 hours. These are core i5 and i7 cpus. Intel demoed these at CES. Its incredible. The whole device is 800 grams and so thin. Theres no downclocking. The keyboard dock has an extra battery.

Can't wait to see more of these...eventually wouldn't it be nice to just plug your phone into anything and scale your screen/power as necessary....only a matter of time. (Yes I know there are some already trying, but they aren't fully powered yet)

Wait...

Is it the case that the dock has additional battery and processing power which the tablet makes use of once docket, or is a simple sort of power mode that underclocks the CPU/GPU once the tablet is undocked?

Seems to me like it is the later. Nothing new here (?!)

pmdci said,
Wait...

Is it the case that the dock has additional battery and processing power which the tablet makes use of once docket, or is a simple sort of power mode that underclocks the CPU/GPU once the tablet is undocked?

Seems to me like it is the later. Nothing new here (?!)

Yeah, I think the dock just has a battery itself which then gives you more power so the cpu and gpu are clocked higher. But that said the dock could just as well have it's own gpu/card that takes over when docked to give you more gfx performance, when in tablet mode it'll just use the igp on the cpu etc.

GP007 said,

Yeah, I think the dock just has a battery itself which then gives you more power so the cpu and gpu are clocked higher. But that said the dock could just as well have it's own gpu/card that takes over when docked to give you more gfx performance, when in tablet mode it'll just use the igp on the cpu etc.

Blah... Big deal then. I mean, it is cool, but far from being an innovation

Speaking of docking stations, what I would really like to see, with the expansion of high-speed bus connections like thunderbolt, is some sort of 'generic' dock connection on laptops, where users can then buy a dock station of their choice which could add stuff like optical drive, PC card, multiple video ports, extra battery, etc.

Now, THAT would be awesome.

pmdci said,

Blah... Big deal then. I mean, it is cool, but far from being an innovation

Speaking of docking stations, what I would really like to see, with the expansion of high-speed bus connections like thunderbolt, is some sort of 'generic' dock connection on laptops, where users can then buy a dock station of their choice which could add stuff like optical drive, PC card, multiple video ports, extra battery, etc.

Now, THAT would be awesome.


My father's old laptop had a dock like that years ago. I never understood why they never caught on. It was VERY handy.

M_Lyons10 said,

My father's old laptop had a dock like that years ago. I never understood why they never caught on. It was VERY handy.

Cool. But was the docking station using a standard connection or something specific for that manufacturer? I reckon they will catch on if they're manufactured using a standard sort of connector, like thunderbolt (or something similar). Then different companies could manufacture different docking stations that people could pick up. For instance, if you are an audiophile you could get a dock station with cool sound "card" (sort of a mixing table).

Or of the connection bus is fast enough, maybe additional GPUs for gamers, or co-processors like the Intel Xeon Phi for researchers. That would be killing.

Nice to see AMD still in the game and still coming up with attractive solutions. I think they need more brand awareness though

Around me I slowly see more people going for the AMD APU's instead of nice fancy pants i5's or i7's.

Makes sense too, the power of the CPU is of no more importance for 99% of the users.

That's likely thanks to people like myself who inform the consumer who AMD is, how their processors compare, and how they can get the most bang for their buck, without overspending.

Despite that though, AMD really needs to get in the game and push in many areas, including brand awareness. As it stands, I've got people saying they want Intel when they don't understand anything about processors. It's all about image and quality, and Intel has both right now.

Sonne said,
Nice to see AMD still in the game and still coming up with attractive solutions. I think they need more brand awareness though

There's plenty of awareness that AMD is a crap brand.

dead.cell said,
That's likely thanks to people like myself who inform the consumer who AMD is, how their processors compare, and how they can get the most bang for their buck, without overspending.

Despite that though, AMD really needs to get in the game and push in many areas, including brand awareness. As it stands, I've got people saying they want Intel when they don't understand anything about processors. It's all about image and quality, and Intel has both right now.


That is most certanly true as well since many people ask around in their 'area' to people who are a bit tech savvy. And often comes the question "can it be cheaper?" and for the people where money is no option, they'll go with Intel regardless. But your average joe doesnt want to spend to much money on a PC.
I also like AMD for the bang for your buck and the 'freedom' they give you to your CPU. Want to underclock it dramatically, go ahead. overclock it untill it catches fire, go right ahead.

And we need a competitor for Intel IMO they are overrated and overpriced. Intel surely has its advantages and more so over AMD when it comes to performance. But its not like AMD sucks at everything

The rumored Surface 2/Surface Book is supposedly using the Temash processor according to that leaked/rumor document.

I'm not aware of any Intel technology where CPUs overclock themselves when conencted to a tablet. Only one OEM has announced anything similar with an Intel chip (Lenovo Helix), but who knows how well that will work, and in that case, I'm pretty sure it's the chip underclocking itself in tablet mode and

Unless the keyboard dock itself contains a dedicated CPU and GPU, I don't see how this is any different. AMD just tells its processor to go into "low power mode" (underclocking).

billyea said,
Unless the keyboard dock itself contains a dedicated CPU and GPU, I don't see how this is any different. AMD just tells its processor to go into "low power mode" (underclocking).

Right. Software can handle the underclocking if they don't already do it.