Wednesday, November 13, 2013

AMD announces new apu-socs

AMD on AMD Developer Summit announced two new mobile soc s with codenames Mullins and Beema. Both socs will Temash and Kabini-socs for simple laptops and tablets follow. It is the consumption significantly lowered.
Beema and Mullins both have at their disposal two to four CPU cores, codenamed Puma, the successor to Jaguar. In addition, both socs get access to a GPU based on the GCN architecture. Beema gets a TDP with 10 to 25 watts, depending on the version. Mullins is designed for tablets and with a TDP of 4.5 watts requires no active cooling remember what was in the 8-watt Temash soc still the case. The SDP of the Mullins-apu is 2 watts. Both socs are baked at 28nm. Details about clock frequencies, AMD has not given, but the following scores in PCMark 8 should indicate the relative difference in speed.

Beema and Mullins both get an ARM Cortex-A5 processor integrated on the soc. Using ARM TrustZone can be next to a normal environment a special 'safe' environment is created, which the software has no access in the normal environment. In practice, this can be used for example for security when storing passwords. Unlike previous rumors support Mullins and Beema no hsa and True Audio, which will remain reserved for the AMD Kaveri -apu. Support for connected standby is there.

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