AMD announces Hondo processor for Windows 8 tablets


Now what do you think about with Windows 8? I see potential, why? Because Windows 8 is set to be just more then a PC Operating System like before. It is set to work with phones and tablets and probably more in the future! Now, AMD announced earlier that they would be making a processor specifically for Windows 8 tablets. With this, AMD enters a whole new market…

With that mind, AMD announced a new Z-Series processor, which they have code-named Hondo, for the upcoming Windows 8 tablets and other devices of the sorts. The Z-60 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) has a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, which is on par with today’s standards,and means its has two CPU cores (hence the duel core thing) and an integrated Radeon HD 6250 graphics processor for gaming, and i’m also suprised that havent made an APU with the 7000 series graphic chip yet, it happens to support DirectX 11 too. AMD said the processor is currently shipping and tablets based on this platform later this year (how long we dont know when) Now what does that mean to you? Well probably not much, it basically says it’s fast and can do what you want. Now to do this AMD uses a 28nm process. which means it can fit more chip per chip if that makes sense. which reduces power usage and makes it more efficient at what it does.

Until then AMD is largely focused on reducing power and performance to fit the Z-Series into tablets as thin as 10mm or something like 0.04 inch (for comparison the latest iPad is 9.4mm or something like 0.035 inch). On its own totally stock tablet, AMD said the total system power (which means including the screen) has been reduced to 2.9 watts when doing nothing, 3.9 watts during web browser use, and 4.8 watts during video, and movie’s. AMD says that it may very well last 6 hours just playing videos or even 8 hours just doing stuff on the web. The new platform also includes AMD’s “Start Now” technology, which is a set of tweaks in it’s start up functions to make stand by and start up faster then ever before.

The competitor Intel has at least two solutions currently for the Windows 8 tablets and other devices: the recently-announced Atom Z2760 (also known as Clover Trail which is basically what we are talking about here, only in Intel form) and an ultra low-voltage Core i3 and Core i5 processor. (Here’s some info on the Intel Atom processor) The Z2760 is a direct rival to AMD’s Z-60 processor, is a dual-core Atom, running at up to 1.8GHz, with an integrated graphics processor manufactured on the company’s 32nm process (we do not know which IGP it could be yet). Intel claims Clover Trail will work in tablets as thin as 8.5mm which is really small and deliver 10 hours of straight video use and more than three weeks of standby time. Intel has been developing its own technologies to allow tablets,  Ultrabooks and other devices to start-up more quickly and receive updates while in standby. This means that tablet makers have more options for the internal systems.

Both AMD and Intel are targeting “no compromises” which means that there isn’t a this thing can do this better and not that sort of thing., tablets and other devices that combine the mobility and user experience of the “iPad” with the performance and compatibility of a full Windows PC in it’s small and portable work area (AMD-based tablets would also be able to run some Android apps using the AppZone player based on the BlueStacks technology, more on that in another time). These will compete not only with the iPad and Android tablets that are currently out and maybe future devices, but also with ARM-based tablets running Windows RT and again future devices. It will be interesting to see, once Windows 8 launches, whether consumers will like the idea of a single, do-it-all device or whether they will continue to choose separate, best-of-breed tablets and laptops. Which this, it makes a whole new ball game.

Now let’s ask you all this. What do you think? Are you in favor of an all in one solution? Or your separate solutions?