AMD shows off Bobcat, Vision tiers

We stopped by AMD at CES, who were happy to show off several netbooks and laptops powered by their Bobcat range of processors. Bobcat processors are based on the Fusion APU, where the GPU and CPU are soldered together on a single die. These processors sport a DirectX 11 GPU complex, as well as an HD Unified decoder allowing for high quality HD streaming and performance. These 40nm chips are dual core, based on the x86 architecture, and use a 512KB L2 cache.

Several series are available, including the 18 watt E-series, and the lower powered 9 watt C-Series. The C series will be primarily used in sub 10 inch netbooks, while the E series will be utilized in more mainstream desktop and laptop form factors and will meet the average needs of a consumer, including basic gaming and HD consumption. Battery life tests indicate the E series gets up to 10 hours of battery life, while the C series manages at least 12+ hours of battery life.

Another line, the A-Series will debut later this year based on the 32 nm Llano platform.  The A-Series will be used for consumers craving high performance not only on desktops, but laptops as well.

OEM’s are already using the E series, while the C series will debut in models mid year.

These chips directly integrated with a mini-ITX or Micro-ITX motherboard, and will be available for system builders as well as OEM’s. As the board is so small AMD stated an HTPC using these boards can be placed in a variety of applications and form factors.

AMD also discussed their Vision tiers, where instead of using techy mumbo jumbo about clock speeds, cache, and number of core, that only serve to confuse the average consumer, they will instead showcase usage models detailing whether or not the PCs they are looking at are suitable for gaming, HD content, editing and/or function as a simple internet device. Expect Vision tiers to be marketed on AMD machines within the next few months.

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P1R4T3 said,
What's the game on the screeny?

Looks like Lord of The Rings Online. And in before the "but can it run Crysis?" jokes.

Pupik said,

Looks like Lord of The Rings Online. And in before the "but can it run Crysis?" jokes.

Yup its LOTRO I'm impressed to see such a little laptop running that at what looks like quite high quality settings. I think I'm in love

P1R4T3 said,
What's the game on the screeny?

I'd expect that they're using LOTRO because it now utilises DX11.
I can tell you from experience that game runs like crap on an Atom/Ion combo so good going!

Look like we are saying goodbye for INTEL in netbooks market. I saw Lenovo ThinkPad with E version processor for $400 and it looked amazing for the second/backup computer. Probably taking when it's released.

david13lt said,
Look like we are saying goodbye for INTEL in netbooks market. I saw Lenovo ThinkPad with E version processor for $400 and it looked amazing for the second/backup computer. Probably taking when it's released.

It should have happened a while ago. The Atom processor is simply not a good product, at least not by itself. Whether the next generation Atom rises to the challenge remains to be seen, but given how much talk we are hearing about other solutions, I think most developers have pretty much given up on Atom.

This just shows why intel needs to step it up with it's gfx core, amd and now nVidia are both way ahead on that side.

GP007 said,
This just shows why intel needs to step it up with it's gfx core, amd and now nVidia are both way ahead on that side.

yea , they gotta do some serious engineering with GMA

The GPU and CPU are soldered together on the same die? Lmao. I'm pretty sure they manufacture them like that and don't join them together with solder after the fact.

giantpotato said,
The GPU and CPU are soldered together on the same die? Lmao. I'm pretty sure they manufacture them like that and don't join them together with solder after the fact.
Exactly what I was going to say, they are not soldered together. They are completely integrated into the die, they were designed from the ground up to be in the same silicon, they weren't designed separately and slapped together the way the article suggests.

X86? Seriously?! Right at the very moment that we're trying to adopt X64, AMD decides to create an X86 CPU (or APU for that matter)... I'm not sure on this, but can GPUs be X64 yet?
It seems kind of unwise if you ask me. Before you know it, Windows 8 will be on the shelves, and only support 64-bit.

Eraknelo said,
X86? Seriously?! Right at the very moment that we're trying to adopt X64, AMD decides to create an X86 CPU (or APU for that matter)... I'm not sure on this, but can GPUs be X64 yet?
It seems kind of unwise if you ask me. Before you know it, Windows 8 will be on the shelves, and only support 64-bit.

When they are talking about x86, they mean that it is not traditional RISC. You can refer to 64bit x86 as either x64 or x86-64.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86-64

They integrated the GPU in the heart of this cpu, this isnt some solder on job like intel's been doing but rather the real deal, now imagine what one of these cpus paired with a HD 5870M can do!

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