AMD rolls Series-9 chipset, shows next APU
6/1/2011 9:48 AM EDT
About face on tablets
In an about face, AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.) also unveiled a high-definition tablet platform, based on the AMD Z-Series APU, for Microsoft Windows-based tablets. These new AMD products are designed to enable more immersive digital experiences for the PC and tablet markets, according to the company.
AMD was widely criticized last year when then-CEO Dirk Meyer said the company wouldn't have a solution to compete in the tablet space until 2012, when it plans to field its Wichita chip as a follow on to its 9W Ontario chip for small notebooks and netbooks. Some speculated that this stance contributed to Meyer's forced resignation in January.
On Wednesday, Chris Cloran, AMD's corporate vice president and general manager of the company's client products division, acknowledged that the company changed its tablet plans based on the success of its Fusion low-power platform, codenamed Brazos.
"We have done something we didn't foresee going into the beginning of this year," Cloran said. "Brazos really does make a nice tablet experience for the Windows market."
AMD said the 9-Series chipsets are the first to support the AMD AM3+ socket processors, while incorporating AM3 socket backwards compatibility. These boards enable fast performance with support for AMD CrossFireX technology, which allows up to four AMD Radeon GPUs to co-process for incredible graphics uplift, MAD said.
The chipsets also support clock rate management through AMD OverDrive software, AMD said. The 9-Series chipset line-up also features up to six SATA 3.0 6-Gbps hard drive interface ports, Gigabit Ethernet, HyperTransport 3.0 technology, and PCI Express Generation 2.0, AMD said.
The 9-Series line of chipsets will be available from a variety of device manufacturers, including ASRock, Asus, Biostar, ECS, Foxconn Technology, Gigabyte Technology, Jetway and MSI, according to AMD.
Bergman said the Series-9 chipsets were currently shipping. "Next month, you will see motherboards from our key partners being sold into the world," Bergman said.
AMD said it would continue to expand its APU options, providing discrete-level graphics on die for tablet computers and other mobile form factors.