Feeds

AMD lays down laptop platform plan

Mobile roadmap 2008-2009

3 Big data security analytics techniques

Puma's second key component is the 'RS780M' chipset, which will come to market as the M780. This is a mobile version of the 'RS780' desktop chipset - aka the 780G. Both will contain a DirectX 10.1-compatible graphics core and support PCI Express 2 for the addition of discrete GPUs - such as AMD's upcoming next-gen 'M8x' series, expected to appear in the form of the M82, M86 and M88, targeting budget, mainstream and peformance-oriented systems, respectively.

The chipsets will support on-the-fly switching between integrated and, where present, discrete GPU(s). It's also thought that users will be able to accelerate 3D graphics using both graphics cores, CrossFire fashion.

The M780 will connect to AMD's SB700 southbridge I/O chip, which has ports for 12 USB 2.0 devices, two USB 1.1 add-ons, six SATA drives, parallel ATA and PCI add-ons. It also has the usual power management and HD audio support, and can incorporate a Flash module on the ATA bus.

Come 2009, AMD will introduce the SB700's successor - 'SB800'? - and incorporate it into 'Shrike', the follow-up to Puma. Shrike's key element is 'Swift', a 45nm mobile processor based on AMD's third-generation 'stars' processor core. That seems to separate it out from what AMD calls the 'Falcon' family of Fusion-architecture products, which are based on a CPU core known as 'Bulldozer'. Swift is due in the second half of the year.

Swift will be AMD's first CPU with an integrated GPU - the next component to come off the northbridge and onto the processor die now it's already shifted over the memory controller. The memory handler will be upgraded to support DDR 3 memory. All these changes will require the introduction of a new interconnect.

AMD's 'Falcon' Fusion processor design

AMD's 'Falcon' processor design for 'Fusion' CPUs

Swift is expected to provide PCI Express lanes and control circuitry for discrete graphics chips - such as the mobile 'M9x' series due to be launched in 2009.

Fine details about the 2009 products are scarce, but we can expect Swift to enhance Griffin's power saving technologies and - thanks to that 45nm fabrication process - sport more on-board cache, including a shared L3.

Finally, there's 'Bobcat', AMD's processing core for UMPCs and mobile internet devices. The feline codename might seem to align it to Puma, but since it too is a ground-up design, the codename probably indicates a design heritage rather than a direct relation.

Given the kind of handheld devices Bobcat-based processors are being designed, it's not hard to imagine Bobcat cores being dropped on dies alongside a GPU - a key characteristic of the Fusion design.

Bobcat has been said by AMD to consume just a single Watt of power - though that's a design aim, and may not be delivered by first-generation Bobcat CPUs.

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
Fat-fingered fanbois rejoice over Chinternet snaps
Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
Hang on. Which bit of Developer Preview don't you understand?
Microsoft lobs pre-release Windows Phone 8.1 at devs who dare
App makers can load it before anyone else, but if they do they're stuck with it
Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS
'Well, that 5c experiment didn't go so well – let's try the other direction'
Rounded corners? Pah! Amazon's '3D phone has eye-tracking tech'
Now THAT'S what we call a proper new feature
Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
Too much pixel dust for your strained eyeballs to handle
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft – A jolly little war for lunchtime
Free-to-play WoW turn-based game when you have 20 minutes to kill
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
SANS - Survey on application security programs
In this whitepaper learn about the state of application security programs and practices of 488 surveyed respondents, and discover how mature and effective these programs are.