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Tuesday, 05 April 2011 09:12

Llano APU already shipping

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AMD’s first 32nm part coming in Q2
AMD has proudly announced that it has started shipping Llano-series APUs. This is the outfit’s first 32nm processor and production units are already on their way to vendors.

The Llano should take on Intel’s Sandy Bridge in several market segments and AMD has rather high hopes for the new part. Thanks to powerful integrated graphics and K10.5+ core architecture, the new CPU could do quite well in the mid-range market.

However, the big news is the fact that AMD’s 32nm process is up and running. The upcoming Bulldozer architecture is the one to really look forward to, as it is AMD’s first entirely new architecture since the legendary K8, which is still with us in one form or another.

AMD CFO and Interim CEO Thomas Seifert announced that the first Llano products should appear in retail by the end of Q2. However, he noted that he did not know the exact schedules, as it was up to OEM partners to ship the actual systems.
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+24 #1 BernardP 2011-04-05 12:07
The way AMD talks about Llano, it's like this APU will be found mostly in pre-built boxes from Acer, Dell and HP.

No news about motherboards for Llano and retail availabilty of this boxed APU.
 
 
+11 #2 TechHog 2011-04-05 13:01
Quoting BernardP:
The way AMD talks about Llano, it's like this APU will be found mostly in pre-built boxes from Acer, Dell and HP.

No news about motherboards for Llano and retail availabilty of this boxed APU.

I know. Hopefully, they aren't dumb enough to keep them OEM-only for long. And don't these use AM3+ boards, like Bulldozer? Why aren't those shipping to retail yet?
 
 
+10 #3 Marburg_U 2011-04-05 13:15
hey, Zocate is something entire new since k8.
 
 
+9 #4 hoohoo 2011-04-05 13:19
@Marburg_U

Indeed. Ontario & Zacate are a subspecies of the BD module idea, definitely not K8/K9/K10.x.
 
 
-7 #5 laon 2011-04-05 13:48
no it's not for llano, which this article talks about.
 
 
-7 #6 virtq 2011-04-05 14:08
Quoting TechHog:
Quoting BernardP:
The way AMD talks about Llano, it's like this APU will be found mostly in pre-built boxes from Acer, Dell and HP.

No news about motherboards for Llano and retail availabilty of this boxed APU.

I know. Hopefully, they aren't dumb enough to keep them OEM-only for long. And don't these use AM3+ boards, like Bulldozer? Why aren't those shipping to retail yet?

It's probably due to supply issues. Juste take a look at brazos..
 
 
+14 #7 BernardP 2011-04-05 14:34
Llano has its own socket, something like FT1/FM1 IIRC. Because of the built-in graphics, it's completely different from AM3/AM3+.

There are still no news about FT1 socket motherboards coming from Asus and the like.

Regarding Brazos, it's still impossible to separately buy a retail mobo and retail APU. Will it ever be? One can only buy a pre-packaged mobo-APU combo.
 
 
+8 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-04-05 15:27
So the rumor about Bulldozer shipping before Llano was false... it's very good news that Llano will be available in summer and not early autumn, but I was more interested in BD, this only means they are taking their time on it. Don't know how to rate this one.
 
 
+3 #9 Bl0bb3r 2011-04-05 15:29
@BernardP, well Brazos is a small piece of hardware. Don't know if it's that profitable to ship it separately. I would think that because the partners are getting the chips in large batches they are sold at a lower cost and on top of that it doesn't involve extra packaging, shipping, storage and marketing costs you would see for standalone products. So in the end you get the product much cheaper and the partners don't have to line up tens of mainboard designs which otherwise would also add weight to the total cost of the platform.
 
 
+2 #10 East17 2011-04-05 18:00
Quoting BernardP:
Llano has its own socket, something like FT1/FM1 IIRC. Because of the built-in graphics, it's completely different from AM3/AM3+.

There are still no news about FT1 socket motherboards coming from Asus and the like.

Regarding Brazos, it's still impossible to separately buy a retail mobo and retail APU. Will it ever be? One can only buy a pre-packaged mobo-APU combo.


Really ?!Then how come ASUS say they even have AM3 mobos compatible with just a BIOS update ?

And Gigabyte anouncing the Black Socket Series ?

.. or am i wrong ?
 

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