AMD may have problems with the Bulldozer architecture, but its new mid-range platform Llano looks to be healthy. We have through reliable sources confirmed that the processor manufacturer is starting to roll out test samples of the new circuits and we can conclude that the press material is becoming ready since an 18-page roadmap has leaked on to the Internet.
AMD will launch the Llano architecutre as the Fusion A series with focus on the mid-range, both desktop and notebooks, but also integrated solutions and all-in-one PCs are hot alternatives. We have at several occassions wittnesed that it is the graphical capacity AMD has focused on, which is also why they are called APU (Applikation Processing Unit) and not CPU (Central Processing Unit).
The leaked press material show where AMD has positioned the new APUs from the Llano family, where we reported what separates the series; AMD Fusion A8, A6 and A4. There are differences in both CPU and GPU equipment.
The AMD Fusion A series for mobile platforms measures 226 squaremillimeters and is rated 35-45 watt TDP, which AMD claims will result i much better graphics performance, not the least when connected to another discrete AMD GPU, but also really good battery times. AMD says it has a notebook with a Fusion processor that can do over 10 hours, which is 3.5 hours more than you could expect from platforms anno 2010.
The AMD Fusion A family will be paired with the new A75 chipset on the Socket FM1 platform. The chipset can boast the first integrated USB 3.0 controller with four ports.
AMD says that the Fusion family will also be used in tablets, where in 2011 it will roll out the Z series of APUs, code-named Desna. These circuits will be extra energy efficient and optimized for ultramobile platforms.
Motherboards for the new platform is expected to show in early June, while the final launch of Llano and the Fusion A series will happen on June 14th.