AMD Richland Mobile “Elite Performance APU Platform Launched – Powered by Piledriver Cores
AMD has finally unveiled their latest Richland Mobile APU “Elite
Performance” platform for high ultrathin laptops and notebooks. AMD
Richland Mobile “Elite Performance APU” platform was announced a while
back and is now available with top of the line notebooks from OEM manufactures.
AMD Officially Launches Richland Mobile APU Platform
AMD Richland Mobile APUs don’t bring anything new to the table as far
as architecture is concerned. They are still based off the x86
Piledriver core architecture with upto four modules, improved clock
speeds and the Radeon HD 8000 series GPUs are based on the old VLIW4
architecture but yet again offer improved performance from higher clock
speeds compared to Trinity.
The AMD Richland Mobile A-series is split into four tiers based on
their performance and feature set. The fastest Richland Mobile A10 APUs
comes with the entire feature set which includes:
- AMD Gesture Control
- AMD Face Login
- AMD Screen Mirror
- AMD Steady Video
- AMD Quick Stream Technology
- AMD Perfect Picture HD
Along with the new features, AMD A10 processors would also get “regionally assorted game bundle”
which is part of AMD’s “Never Settle” initiative. We can see games such
as Tomb Raider, SimCity and many more to be bundled with the A10 APUs
in their respective regions. The A8 series also fall under AMD’s “Elite
Experience Program” featuring the entire feature-set minus the game bundle.
Going down we have the Richland A6 and Kabini A6 APUs which come
without AMD Gesture Control and AMD Face login but other features are
included. Last of all are the Kabini A4, Temash A4 and Temash E2 series
APUs that only feature AMD Steady Video, AMD Quick Stream and AMD
Perfect Picture HD technology.
AMD’s Elite Performance APUs of the Richland Mobile series which
include the A10 and A8 APUs come with a wide variety of features that
include dynamic performance boost based on the ambient temps of a room.
The lower the temperature, the better performance boost you get off your
APU. The latest AMD start now technology gives you tablet like
responsiveness so you start off your work where you left it or you can
in short call it insta-start. The APUs offer compatibility
with FS1r2, uPGA and FCH sockets which allow for OEMs to offer various
products. The platform supports the latest discrete graphic chips
notably the recently released HD 8000M “Solar System” series that
included the Radeon HD 8970M “Neptune” GPU.
One of the most interesting thing about AMD Richland Mobile APUs is
support for Wireless display on Microsoft’s Windows Blue operating
system. The wireless chip controller is located on the APU itself and
delivers upto 3.9 times better responsiveness over Intel’s WiDi and HD
Playback with 1080P 60 Hz. High quality audio playback is also supported
by the new wireless interface.
There’s another cool feature known as “Dock Part” which is a device
that would be bundled by specific OEM manufacturer’s or can be bought
separately to be connected to any notebook that comes with a Richland
Mobile “Elite APU”. The dock allows you to run upto four external
displays and several peripheral devices through USB 3.0 ports all through a single Richland mobile notebook.
With this, users can enable AMD Eyefinity gaming with any Dock enabled
notebook and 3D Steroscopic display and gaming while the USB 3.0 can
allow connectivity with DVD/Blu-Ray, HDD, Smartphones and Mouse/KB.
The next performance slides
detail that AMD’s Richland APU platform is around 51% more efficient
that Trinity while being based on the same architecture. Compared to a
19W Trinity A8-4555M, the A8-5545 M that is also a 19W chip offers 40%
more performance in 3DMark 11 and
12% increase in PCMark 7 while the A10-5750M (35W) offers 21% in 3DMark
11 and 10% improvement in PCMark 7 over the Trintiy based A10-4600M.