From mid-2015, AMD APU Carrizo, only for mobile systems
Debut scheduled for the middle of the year for the APU AMD’s next-generation models Carrizo and Carrizo-L differentiated according to the TDP. For both, at least for the moment, there is a future only in notebook systems. At CES, AMD has provided some information on their solution’s family Carrizo, codename identifying the next-generation APU intended for use in notebook systems expected to debut during the middle of the year.
To characterize these solutions a new component architecture for the CPU, based on core indicated by the code name of Excavator. It is of the successors of the family Bulldozer, able to ensure superior performance so as to maintain a constant increase of the processing capacity of the CPU.
Alongside the core Excavator find also the inevitable GPU component, based on a new generation of architecture Graphics Core Next and therefore able in this case to ensure a level of performance higher than seen with the APU family Kaveri currently for sale.
The APU Carrizo, according to advance far from AMD, will be offered in versions for mobile systems and will not have a parallel version intended for desktop systems. The choice of AMD in this is very clear: to provide full support to different types of mobile systems available on the market, leaving the field to Desktop APU currently on the market.
It’s possible that in some cases the APU Carrizo can be matched to the desktop systems of smaller size, such as is the case already for various models that are based on hardware components borrowed from the world of laptops. Alongside the proposals, Carrizo see also commercially solutions Carrizo-L, in this case based not on core Excavator for the CPU component but on those Puma. In this case, the reference target will be that of the systems more energy-efficient, with a TDP including within the 10 Watt as a maximum, while for the proposals Carrizo is conceivable, the debut of versions that will be positioned between 15 and 35 Watt.
Lacks details on the different versions of these APUs and their performance capabilities; what AMD showed at CES 2015 is a reference system that can send in a video playback smoothly 4K type H.265, use scenario that in the demo offered by AMD has not been exceeded by a processor-based notebooks Intel family Broadwell. Nothing new that AMD has the processing power of its GPU integrated into the APU strength has long been known and balance the advantage that Intel holds in terms of efficiency in terms of CPU core.