According to a report from Digitimes, AMD is slated to launch it’s own APUs targeting the tablet market. This is AMD’s answer to INTEL’s Clover Trail-based Atom Z2760 processor designed specifically for tablet products.
so far, Intel’s Atom Z2760 is adopted by various major players e.g. Acer, Asustek Computer, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Lenovo, LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics and ZTE, for their tablet products, AMD, so far, has not yet announced its partners for the Hondo APUs.
So far, most tablets are focused on two platforms, the ARM/Android or Intel/Windows 8. So far, it is unsure if AMD will adapt which platform. If the price is competitve enough, it will surely appear as a formidable alternative.
AMD recently announced its Hondo-based Z-60 APU, which adopts a 40nm process and Brazos architecture. The APU consumes 4.5W and is capable of being adopted in a 10mm thick tablet, supporting Windows 8 and resolutions up to 1920 by 1200.
Since Z-60 only has average power consumption, the sources believe AMD’s next-generation 28nm Jaguar-based SoC, Tamesh, which is set to launch in the second quarter of 2013, should provide a better chance for the CPU maker to compete on a level playing field.