AMD Announces its Elite A-Series Desktop APUs at Computex 2013 (Updated)
AMD has officially launched its 2013 Elite A-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) for desktops, codenamed 'Richland', at Computex 2013. Earlier this year, AMD had launched its Elite A-Series 'Richland' Mobile APUs. They also showed off a range of new notebooks and tablets powered by their new Kabini and Temash APUs.
The new AMD A-Series APUs combine AMD "Piledriver" CPU architecture with AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics on the FM2 motherboard infrastructure. The ability to support existing A85X, A75 and A55 platforms as well as forward compatibility with FM2+ motherboards provides users the ability to buy now with the flexibility to upgrade as new platforms come to market. In addition, these APUs feature maximum clock speeds over 4GHz for next generation compute workloads.
Utilizing the latest AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics, the Elite A-Series combines the CPU and up to 384 Radeon parallel processing cores to offer up to 15% increased graphics performance over its predecessor, the AMD Second Generation APU (formerly codenamed Trinity). The Elite A-Series APU for desktops supports new AMD Radeon Memory Gamer Series at 2133 MHz. When paired with an A-Series APU, the DDR3-2133 MHz Radeon Memory Gamer Series will give up to a 13% performance increase over DDR3-1866MHz memory.
Additionally, AMD also showcased a whole range of new notebooks and tablets from their partners that were equipped with the recently launched Kabini and Temash APUs. Kabini and Temash are the world's first quad-core SoCs and were designed to empower low-computing power devices.