AMD slams Windows RT and Intel with new Z-60 APU reveal

A few days ago, AMD launched a "Ghost Hunters" video spoof which seemed to tease a new hardware announcement. Today, right on schedule, the PC processor company officially revealed the new its new Z-60 APU, which it says has been made for Windows 8-based tablets.

In a press release today, AMD said that the processor will have two cores, run at 1 GHz and have the company's Radeon HD 6250 graphics chip inside. It added:

The AMD Z-60 APU comes loaded with features designed to enhance the tablet experience, including AMD Start Now technology that allows fast boot and resume from sleep times, up to eight hours of battery life while Web browsing, and up to six hours of HD video playback. Just as impressive is the stunning visual quality delivered by the AMD Radeon graphics on the APU, with support for full HD 1080p resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and impressive gaming performance with Microsoft Direct X11 capability.

In a new blog post, AMD corporate VP Steve Belt also decided to take a shot at Windows RT-based tablets, running on processors made from ARM-based designs. Bolt says:

Yes, they will probably end up being in there among the more affordable options and their power management will be good. Where they may fall short is on experience and performance. I anticipate that compatibility with the full suite of legacy Windows applications is not going to be in place anytime soon. AMD’s support for x86 instructions and Windows application compatibility is an established strength and provides a clear advantage vs. the expected Windows RT offerings.

The blog post also pointed its fingers at its biggest rival Intel, which will have a number of Windows 8 tablet running on its chips. Bolt said that their prices would be too high for most people to afford and hinted that tablets based on AMD's chips would be cheaper. However, AMD has yet to reveal which Windows 8 tablets will have its processor inside. Hopefully we will get more information on that subject very soon.

Source: AMD

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I just hope the AMD Tablets last at least 8 hours, that seems to be the minimum for tablets and 12 hours is top range. But you are getting a full OS rather than a mobile phone OS.

Edited by Gaffney, Oct 9 2012, 5:23pm :

Gaffney said,
I just hope the AMD Tablets last at least 8 hours, that seems to be the minimum for tablets and 12 hours is top range. But you are getting a full OS rather than a mobile phone OS.


Another article said 8 hours for surfing and office tuff, 6 hours video.

I anticipate that compatibility with the full suite of legacy Windows applications is not going to be in place anytime soon.

Wow, this guy is a real Sherlock. Doesn't that kind of go without saying when it comes to Windows RT? The "anytime soon" comment is just stupid too. Windows RT will never be compatible with legacy Windows applications.

the problem is that this thing isn't an SOC like ARM chips or Intel's Clover Trail. That means the chassis for these APU powered tablets aren't going to even come close to ARM devices or Intel'a clover trail.

FalseAgent said,
the problem is that this thing isn't an SOC like ARM chips or Intel's Clover Trail. That means the chassis for these APU powered tablets aren't going to even come close to ARM devices or Intel'a clover trail.

It is pretty close.

ObiWanToby said,

It is pretty close.


"pretty close" isn't good enough these days, even the smallest of margins could mean a few hours of better battery life, putting one device over another.

FalseAgent said,

"pretty close" isn't good enough these days, even the smallest of margins could mean a few hours of better battery life, putting one device over another.

set video on 2:02, it says '10mm thick tablet'. for some competing intel tablets that would mean 'pretty close, but not as thick'.

Well, we know the APU will be good on the graphics side because of the GPU ability but as for the CPU side, guess we'll see what INtel has done with it's new clover trail first. The key difference with ARM and x86 has always been battery life. People know they're giving up a level of performance to gain way more hours of runtime, and so far that hasn't changed.

That video was painful to watch lol...but go AMD, I've always liked AMD and they help keep Intel on their toes. These new APU's are very intriguing

Well until they actually have a product to demo these alleged superior features I say this is a very good example of vapourware.

If a Brit coined the term "Flavourbong" then I wouldn't expect Americans to stick the extra 'u' in it just because the word came from the other side of the Atlantic. It's built from an existing word that Americans spell differently.

I don't know where you get off telling people not to spell words a certain way or not to "get all God Save the Queen about it". It's built from two existing words, one of which has two existing spellings. So I expect the final product to have two spellings.

As for your second comment: I agree, it isn't vapourware, people use that term far too frequently when something is announced before it is released.

[quote=Joshie said,]
Two things.

1) It's 'vaporware'. When it comes to slang coined in America, you don't have to get all God Save the Queen about it. It isn't from Britain, and intentionally respelling it your way is no better than Americans respelling English their way. No no, don't argue with me, or I'll bring up tyre. Yeah, you guys will never be off the hook for that stupidity.

- only going to remark on this by saying "Really?"