AMD announces APU for system builders

Semiconductor manufacturer Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has released a new accelerated processing unit (APU) targeted at the component channel and the do-it-yourself system builder market

The fourth generation A-10 7800 APU comes with 12 compute cores (4 central processing units and 8 graphic processing units) that enable heterogeneous system architecture (HSA) computing. HSA systems use different types of processors on the same silicon die to obtain performance gain. In This case, the GPUs are used for mathematically intensive computations and 3D graphics rendering while CPUs run the operating system and perform traditional serial tasks.

With the AMD Radeon R7 Series graphics and the company’s Mantle graphics API, the A-10 7800 provides accelerated performance on AMD Gaming Evolved partner titles, said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president and general manager, of AMD’s client business unit.

“The AMD A-Series APUs bring a superior level of gaming and compute experiences to the desktop PC,” said Lienhard, in a statement. “With support for AMD’s acclaimed Mantle API that simplifies game optimizations for programmers and developers to unlock unprecedented levels of gaming performance transforming the world of game development to help bring better, faster games to the PC.”

The APU’s architecture includes:

• Up to 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) deliver amazing performance and responsiveness, that leverages the capability of the APU on various workloads, applications and top gaming titles
• New HAS allows the CPU and GPU to work together in harmony by quickly dividing and directing tasks to the appropriate cores for new levels of performance and efficiency for desktop and notebook PCs, enabling a new era of compute capabilities with compute cores
• Graphics Core Next Architecture with AMD Radeon R7 series graphics and compute capability makes it a top choice for gamers who expect the best
• Support for UltraHD (4K) resolutions and new video post-processing enhancements that make 1080p videos look amazing when upscaled on an UltraHD-enabled monitor or TV

Equipped with AMD Quick Stream, AMD Steady Video and AMD TrueAudio technologies, the AMD A-Series APUs combine to deliver life-like audio and video.

A configurable thermal design power option allows builders and enthusiasts to fine-tune for efficiency.

AMD also announced the introduction of the AMD A8-7600 and AMD A6-7400K APUs, which are ideal for DIY enthusiasts looking to upgrade their application and work experience on the PC. With the unifying FM2+ infrastructure for AMD APUs, users can build smaller form factors for gaming and home theatre PC systems.

The AMD A-Series APUs are now available worldwide from select e-tailers, retailers and system integrators.

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