TechSpot: AMD Beema and Mullins Low-Power APU Preview

Low power computing is an extremely important market for chipset and device manufacturers alike. ARM has already established itself in this area and their products and derivatives from manufacturers like Qualcomm are nearly universally found in iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

The Windows and x86 story is different. X86 has always been a performance powerhouse, but only recently have Intel and AMD been focused on reducing power consumption, producing results like the former's Bay Trail which is a highly popular choice for mainstream Windows tablets.

Intel may be a market share leader in this space, but AMD believes that their next generation chips will be the best. A refinement of their work on APUs in the past few years, the new chips – ‘Beema’ for mainstream laptops, and ‘Mullins’ for low power tablets – are set to be strong contenders up against Intel’s Bay Trail and low-power Haswell offerings.

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That's why AMD is introducing Beema and Mullins to address the performance problem. They are based of the new Jaguar core that's in the Xbox One and PS4, called Puma+. As seen in Techspot's and Anandtech's benchmarks it outperforms ARM by a wide margin and stays head of Bay Trail based SoC. And it destroys the competition when it comes to graphics performance.

Edited by Gungel, Apr 29 2014, 11:40am :

Gungel said,
That's why AMD is introducing Beema and Mullins to address the performance problem. They are based of the new Jaguar core that's in the Xbox One and PS4, called Puma+. As seen in Techspot's and Anandtech's benchmarks it outperforms ARM by a wide margin and stays head of Bay Trail based SoC. And it destroys the competition when it comes to graphics performance.

For now I'd say. We know nothing of the perf improvements that Braswell and Cherry Trail will bring.

"‘Beema' for mainstream laptops, and ‘Mullins' for low power tablets - are set to be strong contenders up against Intel's Bay Trail and low-power Haswell offerings."

Intel, admittedly in several months time, will be moving to Braswell, Cherry Trail and Broadwell
Is AMD shooting in front of, or at a moving target?

I would say in front...
Quote from Techspot:
"31% faster than an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740 tablet. But GPU is where it really dominated the Bay Trail tablet by a whopping 81% margin on average."

Gungel said,
I would say in front...
Quote from Techspot:
"31% faster than an Intel Bay Trail-T Z3740 tablet. But GPU is where it really dominated the Bay Trail tablet by a whopping 81% margin on average."

Cheers. I tried to read the article at work, but IE8 formatting, yuck.

ZipZapRap said,
Cheers. I tried to read the article at work, but IE8 formatting, yuck.
Why do you think they use IE8 on their computers... They're trying to keep you focused man.

I really hope AMD hang on and keep trying to drive the competition. Good to see they are keeping their options diverse.