Monday, June 13, 2011

Tablet PC: AMD APU Z-series of choices for Intel Pine Trail

Acer has recently sent orders for 80,000 Z-series APU AMD to build as many tablet PCs running Windows 7. APU Series Z are essentially based on the same design of Fusion "Zacate" but show a lower TDP and better quality of circuits such that it is also suitable for use in enterprise and industrial environments.

Acer has chosen, in particular, the model Z-01 AMD, a chip that combines two core x86-64 operating at a frequency of 1 GHz with a GPU AMD Radeon HD 6250 DirectX 11 compatible and DDR3 memory controller. The TDP is the total of only 5.9 W while the production process remains the now aged 40 nm TSMC.

As well as Acer, MSI also seems to be working on a new project of tablets with AMD x86 Z-series. Producers who are opting for the AMD instead of Intel for the Pine Trail, explain the choice of referring to more competitive pricing and lower TDP to the first. In addition, the APU has an AMD integrated graphics very fast, capable of driving very complex graphical user interfaces also tablet with a 10.1-inch screen.

As reported by Digitimes, AMD expects to deliver up to 500,000 units of the chip in the second half of 2011.

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