AMD's belated entry into mobile passed an important marker on Monday with the announcement that the chip maker's new low-power Z-60 accelerated processing unit (APU) is inside Fujitsu's upcoming Stylistic Q572 tablet running Windows 8.
It's the first design win for the chip formerly codenamed Hondo and a crucial first step for Advanced Micro Devices as the beleaguered company seeks to gain a foothold in the mobile device market, particularly with sluggish sales plaguing the traditional PC industry in recent quarters.
The Q572 is a 10.1in tablet weighing in at 820g and featuring Fujitsu's integrated Smart Card reader, fingerprint sensor, and embedded TPM, as well as a removable battery — security and repairability features that could prove attractive to the IT departments Fujitsu and AMD appear to be targeting with the new Windows slate.
The tablet sports capacitive multi-touch, anti-glare IPS display with 1366 x 768 pixel resolution, digital pen input, a front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear camera, two USB 2.0 ports, an HDMI port, and an SD/SDHC/SDXC slot.
"AMD is pleased to announce Fujitsu as the first customer of the AMD Z-60 APU in conjunction with their new tablet and the launch of Windows 8. We believe Fujitsu's customers will be thrilled with the combination of features, performance and battery life we worked together to provide in this very appealing system," said AMD's vice president of ultra-low power products, Steve Belt.
AMD unveiled the Z-60 a few weeks ago. Combining x86-based central processing with the company's Radeon-branded graphics technology on a single chip, Hondo is a dual-core, 1GHz APU featuring AMD's Bobcat CPU cores and 80 GPU cores worth of Radeon HD 6250 graphics.
AMD said it's positioning the Z-60 for "performance tablets" running Windows 8, Microsoft's new operating system due out on 26 October.
However, Fujitsu's Stylistic Q572 will come in both Windows 7 and Windows 8 flavours, which may have something to do with the "suite of enterprise-friendly features such as the trusted platform module (TPM) and hardware-based disk encryption" which AMD has said are key features supported by its chip.
Commercial customers are expected to move more slowly to Windows 8 than consumers. Windows 7 compatibility may be key to a play Fujitsu and AMD are making for the enterprise with the Q572, though it will be odd to see the older OS on a brand new Windows tablet considering the degree to which Microsoft has optimised Windows 8 for such devices.
"As a leading provider of Windows-based tablets, Fujitsu knows exactly what features and capabilities our customers demand in their systems. The AMD Z-60 APU delivers on those expectations and helps Fujitsu deliver a differentiated product into the upcoming Windows 8 tablet marketplace," said Fujitsu America marketing executive Paul Moore in a statement.