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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 16:59

AMD officially announces its Z-Series APU

Written by Slobodan Simic
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Codename Desna Z-01 at 5.9W
Although it was already leaked on slides a couple of days ago, AMD officially announced its Z-Series APU for tablets, codename Desna. The first chip in the family, Z-01, has already started to ship and can be found in MSI's 110W 10-inch tablet.

The Z-01 looks a lot like the AMD's C-50 APU and you can think of it as an optimized version of the C-50 APU. It features two Bobcat cores clocked at 1.0GHz and Radeon HD 6250 GPU with 80 Stream processors and yet to be confirmed 280MHz GPU clock. The one thing that differentiates the Z-01 from the C-50 is the actual TDP. While C-50 was rated at 9W, the TDP for the Z-01 is just 5.9W.

The new Z-01 should bring longer battery life on tablet devices but the TDP is still far behind the one seen on ARM based chips, or even Intel's Atom Z670 that is rated at just 3W. We'll most likely see more tablets based on this chip pretty soon but MSI's 110W is the first one.

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+44 #1 redisnidma 2011-06-02 04:28
How you dare compare the crappy Atom Z670 against a capable APU like the Fusion Z-01? :o

You can't compare just TDP alone, but the WHOLE package (cpu+gpu performance)
 
 
+34 #2 gayanx86 2011-06-02 07:17
Quoting redisnidma:
How you dare compare the crappy Atom Z670 against a capable APU like the Fusion Z-01? :o

You can't compare just TDP alone, but the WHOLE package (cpu+gpu performance)

LOL, and that's a Single Core CPU with crappy Intel graphics
 
 
+19 #3 bunker 2011-06-02 08:29
sometimes, i wonder what the academic background of the editors is. please look at things from more than 1 perspective (in this case TDP). what redisnidma says is so completely true and pretty easy to see...
is fudzilla being deliberatly ignorant here?
 
 
+13 #4 JAB Creations 2011-06-02 12:59
Quoting bunker:
sometimes, i wonder what the academic background of the editors is.



"Educated" at Intel HQ.
 
 
+11 #5 thomasg 2011-06-02 17:33
Does that Atom even have graphics?
 
 
+9 #6 FlOw 2011-06-02 18:29
TDP isn't everything. the atom chip is so slow and inefficient it spends 90% of its time at load, while the bobcat chips use a lot of power, then get done with their work and go back to idle. If you compare a c-50 to a dual core atom, battery life is actually similar even though the c-50 has a higher TDP.
 
 
+3 #7 PorscheRacer14 2011-06-03 01:55
That one Atom tablet shown also has a tiny fan in it. Obviously TDP isn't the whole story. Atom wsan't that great to begin with and now it's even more anemic. I'm curious to see how this little Fusion tablet does in everyday use compared to ARM. Versus Atom I could care a less.
 

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