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AMD chases Intel ultrabooks with Trinity laptop-tablet hyrid

Agam Shah | June 6, 2012
Advanced Micro Devices showed off a Windows 8 tablet-laptop hybrid running on the company's A-series chips code-named Trinity, taking direct aim at Intel's effort to chase touchscreen ultrabooks running on Ivy Bridge processors.

AMD is also claiming the performance crown in low-power laptops with the new E-series chips, which was introduced by the company on Wednesday at Computex.

The new chips, dubbed by the company as Brazos 2.0, are designed for low-power laptops such as netbooks, and provide better performance and longer battery life of up to 11 hours on laptops.

The new chips provides better performance-per-watt than the earlier E-series chips on active usage or while watching movies, Su said.

The E-series chip also outperforms competitive chips such as Intel, Su said. In a chart, AMD illustrated that the E-series chips outperform Intel's chips such as the Celeron B940, which is based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture and used in low-end laptops.

The E-series chip have integrated graphics that are capable of 3D graphics and DirectX 11, which is the core graphics driver in Windows 7 and the upcoming Windows 8. An integrated Radeon 7000 graphics core can accelerate video, and also general applications like Winzip to uncompress files.

The new E2-1200 and E2-1800 are based on a new processor core. The new chips draw 18 watts of power and the E-1200 runs at 1.4GHz and the E2-1800 runs at 1.7GHz. The chips have 1MB of cache.

PC makers such as Acer, Asus, Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Toshiba, Lenovo and Samsung will launch systems with E-series chips.

 

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