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AMD introduces new Temash, Kabini, and Richland APUs

AMD has announced the availability a new set of dual- and quad-core processors for the so-called convergence form factors between mobile OS tablets and Windows-based, high-end performance notebooks. The APUs are code named Temash, Kabini, and Richland, and are aimed at the mobility, mainstream, and performance categories, respectively.

AMD's dual-core A4 and A6 Temash-based processors will concentrate on the category that AMD calls Elite Mobility. These are the touch-based tablets, hybrids, and notebooks under 13in in screen size. They are also the so-called performance tablets that are more powerful than the mobile OS tablets like the iPad, or basic Windows 8 tablets powered by Intel Atom processors.

The A4-1200, A4-1250, and A6-1450 processors will bring Radeon HD 8100 and 8200 graphics to the tablet form factor, partly for games but also to help with HD video decoding. The A4-1200 in particular has a TDP of 3.9 Watts, which means it will be power saving and cool running.

AMD's quad core A4, A6, and dual core E-series Kabini-based processors are the middle-tier products in this launch cycle, and are designed for higher graphics and computing performance than the Elite Mobility models, along with longer battery life. AMD is claiming better performance per Watt than competing Intel Core processors, as well as better DX11 3D graphics. The A4-5000 and A6-5200 are quad-core processors with Radeon HD 8300 and 8400 graphics. The E1-2100, E1-2500, and E2-3000 dual-core processors have Radeon HD 8200 graphics and are designed to compete with Intel's Celeron dual-core processors.

AMD's high-end quad core A8 and A10 Richland processors are aimed at the "Elite Performance" category of laptops, including gaming laptops and multimedia creation tasks on laptops. To this end, some A10 processors will come with bundled games, like the recent Tomb Raider. These Richland processors also include power-saving features that help battery life by shutting off unused portions of the APU.

The higher-end A10 processors will natively support features like multi-monitor AMD Eyefinity, 3D gaming and movies, as well as sync to devices like hard drives and smartphones through a standardised dock connected to the laptop. You're not going to get native resolution on a laptop with all the eye candy turned on without discrete graphics, but the integrated Radeon HD 8600 graphics in the A10 APUs is expected to let you play at reduced resolution at modest levels of detail.

The full power (35 Watt TDP) A10-5757M, A8-5357M, and A6-5357M processors are aimed at higher-end performance laptops, while the Low Voltage (LV) and ULV A10-5745M, A8-5545M, A6-5345M, and A4-5145M processors are still aimed at performance, but at lower power-usage levels.