Feeds

AMD crashes Windows 8 tablet party with ultrathin hybrid

Trinity-based not-quite-ultrabooks could sell for US$500

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

AMD struggled to make itself heard above all the Intel Ivy Bridge noise at Computex this week, but did manage to introduce new E-Series APUs for the budget notebook and desktop market and show off a solitary Windows 8 tablet hybrid prototype running its new Trinity architecture.

The firm said its 2012 E-Series APUs – the chips formerly known as ‘Brazos 2.0’ – were designed with the sensible combination of long battery life, basic performance needs and accessible price point in mind.

The dual core E2-1800 (1.7GHz) and E1-1200 (1.4GHz) deliver 11 hours of resting battery life and the kind of enhanced Radeon graphics performance and gaming capabilities AMD usually touts for its CPU-GPU mash-up designs as well as faster data transfer.

The 40nm chips appear to share a similar design to their first iteration, which AMD said was the most successful notebook platform in its history, and are expected to feature in hardware from Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

More interesting for the assembled masses was the run out for the firm’s recently announced second generation A-series Trinity APUs, in a prototype Windows 8 tablet.

Trinity is the successor to AMD’s Llano chips, providing up to 29 per cent more compute power thanks to their new Piledriver cores, according to the firm.

The new chips will of course help to spearhead AMD’s ‘ultrathins’ push to rival Intel’s Ultrabook category, and AMD SVP Lisa Su showed off a 11.6in prototype from Compal, coming in at just 10mm thick and detaching from the keyboard so it can also be used as a tablet.

The key differentiator for AMD’s push into the ultra-skinny laptop space is its price point, so despite the absence of whizz-bang announcements at Computex, ultrathins based on its chips could yet give the flashier Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks paraded at the show a run for their money.

“We can take Trinity and put it in a 17W VGA and it can give us over 10 hours of battery life … You’ll see a number of OEMs announcing systems with Trinity over the weeks to come together with Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 and it really allows us to change the game,” said Su.

“We can take to take the ultrathin, which is not limited by many different specifications, and really bring it down so that OEM can differentiate price points. We can go as low as $500.”

There's a decent video of the keynote here. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Seventh-gen SPARC silicon will accelerate Oracle databases
Uncle Larry's mutually-optimised stack to become clearer in August
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.