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AMD Belatedly Introduces APU For Tablets

Better late than never! AMD has revealed today that it will introduce a series of Application Processing Units - codenamed Desna - aimed at tablets, as the chip maker finally recognises the growing importance of that segment, one which it left, just like the Netbook, to its archrival Intel.

AMD's lack of enthusiasm over the tablet category was rumoured to be the reason why its former CEO, Dirk Meyer, was forced to quit the company at the beginning of the year.

Things appear to be changing fast though as AMD officially unveiled the Z-series today in Taipei with its first product win, the MSI WindPad 110W, demoed on stage.

The APU, the AMD Z-01, comes with Radeon HD 6250 graphics, has two "Bobcat" cores running at 1GHz, 80 GPU ALUs clocked at 276MHz and a TDP of less than 6W.

Next year, Desna should be replaced by Hondo which will be based on Trinity, which will feature the Bulldozer core. The Z-01 will be pitted against the Intel Atom N550 which is clocked at 1.5GHz and has a TDP of 8.5W.

AMD did not disclose what the architectural differences between the Z-01 and the other members of the low-power Fusion range are.

It's worth noting though, that the C50 has a 50 per cent higher TDP compared to the Z-01, with the only difference between the two (as far as specs are concerned) being a slightly higher GPU clock speed (276MHz vs 280MHz).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.