With the upcoming release of Windows 8 platform for portables, AMD now plans to hit the tablet market, expanding from its laptop and desktop stronghold. Considering as a reply to Intel’s recently unveiled Clover Trail Atom Z2760 processor for tablets, AMD has today, announced the Z-60 APU for high performance tablets and portable PC market.
The AMD Z-60 formerly code named as Hondo is AMD’s lowest power Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), delivering unprecedented performance for tablets. As per AMD the tablet form factors can be as thin as 10mm and can perform whole day due to its low power consumption.
As an advantage over Intel’s Clover Trail, AMD’s Z-60 focuses on visual and graphics performance. It boasts of the impressive visual quality delivered by the AMD Radeon graphics on the APU, with support for full HD 1080p resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and impressive gaming performance with Microsoft Direct X 11 capability. It claims the new chip has 5x or 6x better graphics performance than Cedar Trail (Clover’s predecessor).
The AMD Z-60 APU comes loaded with features designed to enhance the tablet experience, including AMD Start Now technology that allows fast boot and resume from sleep times, up to eight hours of battery life while Web browsing, and up to six hours of HD video playback.
Steve Belt, corporate vice president of Ultra-Low Power Products, AMD said “Tablet users seeking an uncompromised experience for both creating and consuming content on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform now have a performance-driven, affordable option with the AMD Z-60 APU. We see a large gap between the lower performance and high-price competitive offerings that allow AMD to be in tablet designs that will please our customers and end users alike.”
The AMD Z-60 APU will be shipping from today onwards to customers(OEMs) and expectations are high for new Windows 8 portables based on Z-60 by the end of this year.