Published On: Sun, Mar 29th, 2015

Next-Generation AMD APUs, Code- Named “Carrizo,” Focus On Efficiency

Next-Generation AMD APUs, Code- Named “Carrizo,” Focus On Efficiency

Next-Generation AMD APUs, Code- Named “Carrizo,” Focus On Efficiency

AMD has begun trickling out details on the generation of APUs that will succeed Kaveri. Code-named “Carrizo,” the new processors will have approximately the same die size, but make use of 3.1 billion transistors, nearly 29% more than Kaveri.

They also will have new x86 CPU cores called “Excavator” and a new version of Radeon GPU cores. The company says the Excavator cores will make use of more instructions per clock cycle but use 40% less energy, and that overall the Carrizo line of APUs should provide “double-digit increases in both performance and battery life.”

The processors are being aimed at notebooks as well as the low end of the desktop market.

Other notable achievements for Carrizo include being the first line of APUs from AMD that integrate the Southbridge, the first to include support for the H.265 video standard, and the first processor line in the industry to meet the HSA 1.0 specification that promotes more efficient computing.

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