AMD has 10 Fusion Desktop APU Processors: From E-240 to A8-3850
6/13/2011 by: Theo Valich
On Fusion 11 Summit that starts today, AMD is expected to unveil the complete desktop and notebook line-up of their Fusion APU models based on Zacate and Llano silicon dies.
Turkish publication DonanimHaber published a table that looks as a representative case of AMD's desktop APU line-up, which features two different silicon dies: dual-core Zacate and quad-core Llano. Naturally, all cores may or may not be activated in the final product, as we have one single-core Zacate model (E-240) and only two quad-core Llano models.
AMD Fusion APU "Llano" Die: 32nm, Quad-Core CPU and 400-core GPU- this is also world's first GPU built on SOI (silicon-on-insulator) manufacturing process.
According to AMD, the new A-Series will attack Intel Core-i3 and Core-i5 processors. However, if you count the integrated graphics performance, AMD easily competes even against the fastest Sandy Bridge processor currently on market, the Core i7-2600K. Given that AMD uses Radeon HD6500 Series GPU on one silicon die and supports DirectX 11, OpenGL 4 and OpenCL, we expect to see quite spectacular results from this piece of silicon.
In the world of desktop computers, A-Series is coming out to market with five models. Entry-level model is the A4-3400, featuring dual-core CPU at 2.7GHz with only 1MB of L2 cache and 160-core Radeon HD6410D at 600MHz. This is also the only A-Series APU that doesn't support DDR3-1866 memory, which should mostly leave effect on the GPU performance.
Unlike previous expectations, A6-Series doesn't feature a triple-core, but rather a fully fledged quad-core design, separated from A8-Series by 80 GPU cores: A6 is cut down to 320 cores while the A8 uses all 400 GPU cores.
A6-3600 has CPU cores ticking at 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Turbo), and 320-core Radeon HD6530D GPU at 443MHz. A6-3650 comes with quad-core design at 2.6GHz. The difference in power consumption though, is quite big: A6-3600 consumes up to 65W, while A6-3650 eats up to 100W. 500MHz clock for four CPU cores makes up for 35 Watt difference.
Top of the line series features 100 Watt A8-3850 that carries four CPU cores at 2.9GHz and 400-core Radeon HD6550D at 600MHz, while the recently tested A8-3800 operates at 2.4GHz (2.7GHz Turbo) while consuming only 65 Watts.
In the E-Series of processors, which already retails for quite some time, AMD will introduce at least five new models. The slowest entry-level processor comes under the name of E-240, featuring a single core CPU ticking at 1.5GHz and an 80-core Radeon HD6310 GPU ticking at 500MHz. E-300 packs two CPU cores at 1.3GHz and 80-core Radeon HD6310 GPU at 488MHz. E-350D is desktop sibling of very popular E-350 APU, which captured majority of design wins in netbook and set-top-box/HTPC space. E-350D brings dual-core Bobcat CPU design at 1.6GHz and 80-core Radeon HD6310 GPU at 492MHz.
Top of the range "Zacate" powered APU is E-450, which features two CPU cores at 1.65GHz and 80-core Radeon HD6320 at 508MHz. the interesting bit about this APU is that this is the first E-Series APU that supports Turbo Mode. Out of Zacate powered APUs, the only other Turbo chip is the C-60 (tablet/netbook).
E-Series will also get a Llano-powered APU. Under the E2-3200 moniker, AMD will deliver a dual-core Llano CPU operating at 2.4GHz and 160-core Radeon HD6370D GPU at 443MHz. This is also the first E-series APU that supports DDR3 memory at 1600MHz, with every other supporting 1066/1333. Expected power consumption (TDP) is set at 65W.
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