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AMD Llano APUs Coming In Q3

David Gilbert


AMD Llano APUs Coming In Q3

When we spoke to Bob Grim from AMD at CES a few months ago, he was very positive about the Fusion Series of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) and highlighted the Llano or A-Series as being the real competition to Intel’s high performance Sandy Bridge processors.

Today it has been revealed that those Llano APUs will be coming in the third quarter of 2011 with X-bit labs producing a road map of AMDs various APU releases for the rest of 2011. The first raft of A-Series chips in Q3 will feature four quad-core microprocessors and two dual-core chips. Not only that but as you can see from the leaked road map, AMD is planning a refresh of the quad-core A8 and A6 processors and the dual-core A4 in Q4 of 2011.

The 32nm Llano A-Series of APUs incorporate a multicore CPU, DirectX 11-capable Radeon HD 6000-series graphics, a dedicated Universal Video Decoder 3 (UVD3) HD video acceleration block, and a high-speed bus for carrying data between the APU's cores. AMD believe that the graphics capabilities of the A-Series will attract multimedia enthusiasts away from Intel’s Sandy Bridge and over to its platform. As the video below shows, it would seem as if AMD’s claims do hold up, but as always comparison videos such as this should be taken with a pinch of salt.

AMD will be showing off the Llano processors in June at Computex in Taipei when we will hopefully get a closer look at them, and get a better idea where and when we will see them heading to a PC near you.

Source: X-bit labs via Engadget


March 18, 2011, 11:49 pm

I've always have AMD and have never been disappointed. :)


March 19, 2011, 8:43 am

@Sunny. Thats nice. Thanks for sharing that. I like the name AMD. Much quicker to type than Intel.


March 19, 2011, 3:29 pm

The dual core Llano Fusion chip due in Q3 should come with the following features; 160 shader GPU, 128bit DDR3 memory, and two Phenom cores clocked around 2.0GHz.

Manufactured at 32nm AMD should be able to produce a SKU with a 25W TDP, which will easily fit inside a thin-n-light 12" chassis such as produced by Lenovo in the form of the U260 today.

So, my dream laptop is a putative Lenovo U265 sporting a 25W dual-core Llano Fusion.

Should prove more than a little embarrassing for the new 13" macbook pro...


March 19, 2011, 3:58 pm

I hope AMD stick with the AM3 socket for these and don't follow Intel's path of new sockets all the time so we all have to keep buying new motherboards.

Arctic Fox

March 20, 2011, 10:54 am

In about a year or so I will be looking at rebuilding our HTPC based on a UEFI mb combined with one of the faster of this upcoming fusion series from AMD. Combined with an SSD and a "bespoke" cooler I should be able to slide it into something genuinely slimline/low profile. Hoping that Win 8 will at least be at the RC stage by then. I look forward to it!

Arctic Fox

March 20, 2011, 11:56 am

My previous posting on this thread reveals the dangers inherent in posting on related topics on different sites at one and the same time. Especially if one ends up typing certain phrases almost on "auto setting"! With regard Win 8 I meant of course the Wintel build for our HTPC. Whatever, the fusion series from AMD looks VERY interesting and if they are their usual competitive selves with regard to price they will likely give Intel a run for their money. Particularly, as ActionFlash has already pointed out, if one is not absolutely obliged to buy a new motherboard (although I will be doing so anyway for other reasons).

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