You’ve already seen our in-depth hands-on with Samsung’s Series 7 Slate, boasting an Intel processor and running Windows 8, and now it’s time to give the other guys a little love. We got a chance to sit down with the folks at AMD, masters of the Fusion APU, before the Expo doors opened here at Build, and it would be an understatement to say that they’re excited about getting their x86 chipsets running on Windows 8 machines. As with Samsung’s Slate, AMD was showing off a pair of slates we’ve seen before, specifically the Acer Iconia Tab W500, running on the company’s C-50 APU, and MSI’s WinPad 110W, sporting the Z-01 APU. This is the first the company’s seen of the Metro UI running on its chipsets, and like them, we’re impressed with its performance. You’ll get the same speedy boot-up here, as well as fast and fluid touch navigation. Unfortunately, they aren’t giving up details on future devices, but we should see Brazos powering Windows 8 tablets, desktops , and notebooks in due time. For a look at AMD powering Windows 8, check out our video after break.
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AMD Fusion tablets running Windows 8 at Build 2011: hands-on with video originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Sep 2011 13:24:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We don’t cover nettops a whole lot around these parts, but we were powerless not to gawk when Ripple Korea unveiled
the Look, a shapely nettop with a slick paintjob to match. At the time, it packed a dual-core Atom processor and integrated Intel graphics, in keeping with nettops’ reputation for not being the most powerful PCs on the shelf. The next generation might be a bit
more capable, though — Ripple just refreshed it with an AMD Fusion E-350
(“Zacate”) chip, which means you can almost certainly expect a bump in graphics performance this go ’round. Other than that, the specs haven’t changed much: like the previous generation, it comes with 2GB of RAM and a 320GB hard drive. No word on pricing, though if the Fusion version is like its Atom-powered predecessor, you’ll have your best chances of nabbing one if you make the pilgrimage to Seoul.
Ripple updates its Look nettop with Fusion E-Series chip, leaves its handsome design alone originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 25 Jul 2011 19:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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It happened once before, but now it’s in stone: MSI has just come clean with its WindPad 110w pre-order, with $599.99 grabbing you a place in line. For those who’ve forgotten, that price premium nets you a 10-inch panel (1280 x 800), 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 32GB solid state drive, a pair of full-size USB ports, a mini-HDMI socket, Windows 7 and AMD’s Brazos processor platform. Make no mistake — this ain’t your average tablet, which may (or may not) explain the $100-above-average MSRP. Hit the links below if you’d like to make the best impulse buy of your week, but make sure you’re prepared to wait on an August 1st ship date.
Continue reading MSI’s Brazos-powered WindPad 110w tablet officially up for pre-order, ships August 1st
MSI’s Brazos-powered WindPad 110w tablet officially up for pre-order, ships August 1st originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 07 Jul 2011 14:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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AMD’s Llano platform might not satisfy everyone’s power-lust when housed in a desktop, but stick one of these all-in-one beauties in a laptop and you’re good to go. The new HP Pavilion dv6z Quad notebook — one of 11 new Fusion-powered models from HP — is a case in point, having just arrived at the company’s online store. The base model promises battery life of up to almost six hours, “discrete-class” integrated Radeon graphics with 512MB of video memory, and a 1.4GHz quad-core processor that can be clocked up to 2.3GHz using AMD’s Turbo technology. Oh yeah, and there’s the real benefit of switching to AMD: that base configuration costs just $650, versus a minimum of $999 for the Intel-equipped dv6t. For the money, you’ll also get 6GB of DDR3 memory, a 640GB 5400rpm HDD, a 1366 x 768 display (yes, a glossy one), HDMI output, and a pair of USB 3.0 ports in addition to two of the USB 2.0 variety. We ought to clarify that the sexy steel gray version on the left will cost you $25 extra, but hey, who wants to be “umber gray?”
HP Pavilion dv6z Quad laptop with AMD Llano innards goes on sale starting at $650 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jul 2011 19:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Until recently, AMD has kept pretty mum on its tablet plans, with it only officially entering the fray last month. It’s clear that the first batch of Z-Series chips, codenamed Desna, are are not terribly different from the rest Fusion line but, according to a leaked roadmap, that will all change with its successor — Hondo. Supposedly the next gen of tablet APUs will ditch a number features that aren’t essential to burgeoning form factor, including VGA output, PCIe support, and couple of USB pathways. It will also add an “active standby” mode for maintaining connectivity while reducing power draw and cut TDP by about a third. Hondo is expect to enter production in Q2 of next year, and be succeeded by Samara which will feature a new graphics core. Check out the source link for a few more slides.
Leaked AMD roadmap reveals next-gen Fusion tablet chips originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 04 Jul 2011 14:07:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Llano-based PCs are still trickling their way into the market, but if you’re the enterprising type you can just up and build your own. Gigabyte just announced a family of seven A75 series of motherboards, all of which are compatible with AMD’s spankin’ new Fusion A6 and A8 chips and A75 chipsets. To recap, the Fusion A-Series combines a discrete-class Radeon HD GPU and either a dual- or quad-core CPU on the same die, though all of the A6 and A8 models are quad-core. These 35- and 45-watt chips are also stereoscopic 3D-capable and support USB 3.0, DirectX11, OpenCL / OpenGL, and both 1600MHz DDR3 memory and lower-power 1333MHz DDR3L memory. As for the motherboards, they allow for 108dB audio with 7.1 surround sound, and you can use Gigabyte’s Easy Tune 6 utility to realize Fusion’s promise of overclocking. They also use the company’s DualBIOS technology to prevent failure to do BIOS corruption, while each USB port has its own fuse to prevent port failure. Hit the source link for information on where to buy, and mosy on past the break for the full PR and a short demo video.
Continue reading Gigabyte intros Llano-compatible A75 motherboards for the DIY set (video)
Gigabyte intros Llano-compatible A75 motherboards for the DIY set (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Jun 2011 11:37:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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When AMD came clean with its Fusion A-Series platform, the outfit was quick to admit that some manufacturers have already started slipping these hybrid CPU / GPU chips into their spankin’ new PCs. Still, at this early stage we still haven’t spotted many of ‘em — if anything, we have a better idea what’s on tap for later this summer. But here we have the Toshiba Satellite L750D-ST4N01, the first available Llano-packing lappie we’ve seen since the A-Series’ launch. At $699, this 15.6-incher might seem like a forgettable system with its 4GB of RAM, 640GB 5400RPM hard drive, 1366 x 768 panel, and three USB 2.0 ports. Heck, Toshiba barely even gave the L series lip service when it announced a slew of laptops last week. But what makes this seemingly ho-hum machine special is that it packs AMD’s mid-to-high-end quad-core A6-3400M chip and an AMD Radeon HD 6520G graphics core — a combination that adds just $10 to the cost over a similarly configured Satellite L755-S5258 with a dual-core Core i5-2410M processor and integrated Intel graphics. The L750D isn’t for you? The deluge of A-Series systems hasn’t even begun yet, friends. And while the jury’s still out on real-world battery performance, this should make it crystal clear that if nothing else, AMD is taking no prisoners when it comes to pricing.
Toshiba’s quad-core Satellite L750D goes on sale for $699 as one of the first available Llano laptops originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Jun 2011 18:26:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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AMD likes to take its time before stepping inside the ring, but it’s turned up at Computex
with its gown off and mouthguard in. Its much-leaked
Z-series Fusion APU (aka “Desna”) for tablet devices is now official and could well steal some of ARM’s thunder. Whereas ARM chips will get along with the next version of Windows, AMD’s Z-series is already tuned into the here-and-now. Its integrated dual 1Ghz Bobcat chips and Radeon HD 6250 graphics should allow the full Windows 7 experience on a tablet, from USB peripheral compatibility right down to XBOX 360 Media Extender functionality. What’s more, it drinks less than 6W of power so is significantly leaner than the 9W Ontario APU powering Acer’s Iconia W500
Windows 7 tablet. Additionally, AMD claims MSI has already made that leap with its new WindPad 110w (though we can’t be sure if the pre-release device we just handled
was carrying a Z-series chip).
Meanwhile, AMD left any traces of shyness far behind as it went on to confirm plans for a range of A-series and E-series chips with which it hopes to tackle Intel’s dominance in the laptop and desktop spheres — right up to the level of the Core i7. This includes the leaked high-end quad-core A8 and, more surprisingly, a new Trinity APU. Looking way into the future, AMD intends Trinity to be a successor to the mid-range A-series Llano, which isn’t even out yet but is expected imminently. Unfortunately we have no concrete specs for the Trinity — AMD thought it was sufficient to wave the thing around at the press conference and declare it “2012′s best APU”. Depending on how you look at it, that’s either fighting talk or plain posturing.
AMD confirms tablet-friendly Z-series APU, next-gen Trinity APU for bigger devices originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 01 Jun 2011 13:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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What’s a chip maker to do after successfully hawking five million of its Fusion APUs? Why, expand the line, of course! A leaked slide deck from within the lairs of AMD is showing off quite a bit of the company’s upcoming roadmap, and while a good deal of it has already been made public in one way or another, there’s one term that’s causing all sorts of buzz — and for good reason. Desna is the name to know, a Z-Series APU that’s aimed squarely at the tablet form factor. To date, only a handful of chips have managed to slide into slates, and while we always reckoned that a version of Fusion could really give those ARM-based alternatives a run for their money, it wasn’t clear if AMD actually had one that would handle the power and heat requirements. Based on these sheets — dated this month, for what it’s worth — the Z-Series chip will offer Flash compatibility, DirectX 11 support and IE9 / HTML5 acceleration, and that’s just for starters. Head on down to the links below for the full skinny, but make sure you grab a cup of joe and unplug the line first. You’ll need a few, to say the least.
Leaked AMD roadmap reveals Desna APU, bona fide tablet strategy originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 27 May 2011 19:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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The first of Lenovo’s CES-announced S Series, the S205, sauntered into the computer manufacturer’s online store this week, albeit lacking the 8GB DDR3 SDRAM option mentioned at its announcement. The base model sells for $499, sporting a 1.60Ghz dual-core AMD Fusion E-350 CPU, an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768 resolution) 16:9 widescreen panel, 3GB of DDR3 SDRAM, ATI Mobility Radeon 6310 graphics, and a 350GB HDD. Two higher cost configurations score an extra gig of RAM, an optional Bluetooth radio, and a 500GB or 750GB HDD. The lesser of the higher end models can be had for a $429 at LogicBuy until Wednesday, if you can live without Bluetooth (which man did for thousands of years, but you know what we mean).
IdeaPad S205 hits Lenovo webstore, starts at $499 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 30 Apr 2011 09:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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