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AMD Officially Launches Elite A-Series 'Richland' Mobile APUs

By Wong Chung Wee - on 13 Mar 2013, 11:10am

AMD Officially Launches Elite A-Series 'Richland' Mobile APUs

AMD has officially launched its next generation A-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) that were codenamed "Richland". The four new AMD Elite A-Series are slated to be featured in performance and traditional notebooks to be shipped by this month in "selected regions".

Specifications of AMD Elite A-Series "Richland" Mobile APUs
Model Radeon
CPU Clock
(Base / Turbo)
L2 Cache Radeon Cores GPU Clock
DDR3 Memory Support
A10-5750M HD 8650G 35W 4 2.5GHz / 3.5GHz 4MB 384 533MHz / 720MHz

up to 1866MHz

A8-5550M HD 8550G 35W 4  2.1GHz / 3.1GHz  4MB 256  515MHz / 720MHz  up to 1600MHz
A6-5350M HD 8450G 35W 2  2.9GHz / 3.5GHz  1MB  192  533MHz / 720MHz up to 1600MHz 
A4-5150M HD 8350G 35W  2 2.7GHz / 3.3GHz   1MB  128 514MHz / 720MHz up to 1600MHz 

The new Richland-class APUs comprise a pair of quad-core chips, and a pair of duo-core ones. Compared to the earlier Trinity mobile APUs that were launched in May last year, the new APUs offer slightly higher clocks in terms of their CPU frequency and they also sport an updated graphics core engine of the Radeon HD 8000 Series.

(Image Source: AMD via Investorvillage.com)

Despite keeping the same power ratings as its Trinity predecessors, AMD claims that the new Richland APUs will draw less power in certain scenarios. Besides improved power draw, AMD also introduced four AMD proprietary software that are touted to enhance user experience:-

  • AMD Face Login3 – Uses facial recognition technology and a webcam to allow for quick log-in to Windows and other browser-based websites that require a log-in, like social networking sites and email services;
  • AMD Gesture Control4 – Tracks a user’s hand gestures and converts them into commands for basic functions on media players, browsers, e-readers and other popular applications leveraging a webcam, advanced image processing and machine-vision algorithms;
  • AMD Screen Mirror5 – Wirelessly shares content like photos, videos, HD media streams and webpages from a PC or tablet based on a 2013 AMD A-Series APU with any supported TV or display with a DLNA receiver, or with other PCs. Available only on select AMD-based devices;
  • AMD Video Entertainment Features – Make your content look its very best: AMD Steady Video technology6 gives users push-button control over shaky home video and helps stabilize the images for better viewing; AMD Quick Stream technology7 enables smooth video streaming and a virtually interruption free streaming experience; and AMD Perfect Picture HD8, creates rich and lifelike color on video entertainment.

These software titles will come pre-loaded on select AMD Elite A-Series APU-based notebooks and will be downloadable from the company's site next month.

In terms of hardware improvement, the Richland-class APUs boast of improved Turbo Core 3.0 technology that features new algorithms to achieve a more balanced power-delivery solution to both CPU and graphics cores. Like the Trinity APUs, the new APUs also support AMD's Eyefinity multi-monitor technology, as well as dual graphics configurations and DirectX 11. According to AMD, details of the desktop variants of the Richland APUs will be announced soon, and are slated for launch by first half of the year.

(Source: AMD, Investorvillage.com, PCMag)

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