AMD Teases with Llano APU Performance
Author: The Smith
Godfrey Cheng, in his blog post, revealed some interesting information about the next series of APUs to be released by AMD this year. It is already known that the processors codenamed "Llano" will be manufactued in 32nm and will include a supposedly beefy graphics processor, 480 stream processors on die, like their smaller brothers that have already made their way to market: the E and C-series of Fusion APUs. Their x86 cores are going to be vastly improved Athlon II architecture, mainly better at power consumption.
It is said that AMD has given much more importance to parallel processing, such as media encoding and playback capabilties, than to improving x86 performance with these, since it really is what people do now with computers. Nonetheless, the upcoming mobile parts have four x86 cores, but no frequency has been divulged. At least 2.4GHz maximum frequency would be a safe bet, though.
At the end of the video, a marketing name is put on that die: the "A8-3510MX". Maybe the X stands for a Black Edition, like with current mobile Phenom IIs? Nothing is sure until release. The integrated graphics are named the HD6620M. If that number is anything significant, the IGP should perform a bit below the dedicated HD6630M, which possesses the same number of stream processors as the rumors say about Llano. The HD6620M has to share the main memory interface with the x86 cores though, which is a considerable hindering.
Speaking of performance, a nice multitasking comparison is shown against the 2GHz Sandy Bridge Core i7-2630QM. If the numbers hold true, Llano consumes less power than the competition, while being noticeably better at media playback and graphics workload, especially in multi-tasking scenarios. Here is that video in question:
It looks to be a very promising product. According the the rumors, the A-series APUs will be out in Q2 of this year.