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.