AMD Plans to Expand Desktop Richland Family of APUs Ahead of Kaveri Launch

Paul Lilly

Two more Richland chips are en route

AMD originally hoped to launch its 3rd Generation A-Series APUs known as " Kaveri " sometime this year with at least one roadmap indicating an early fourth quarter release. Technically, Kaveri may still launch in 2013, though reportedly it will only end up in the hands of OEMs late this year, followed by a retail launch in 2014. In the meantime, it looks like AMD will flesh out its Richland desktop line with a couple of new processors.

According to CPU-World , AMD in August released its A10-6700T chip, the first low power desktop APU rated at 45W. It was launched in Japan and may make its way to U.S. shores in a month or two. In addition, an AMD A8-6500T APU has also been spotted online. Both it and the A10-6700T part are available to pre-order at

The A10-6700T APU is built around AMD's Piledriver architecture. It has four cores clocked at 2.5GHz (3.5GHz Turbo), 4MB of L2 cache, and Radeon HD 8650D graphics. Likewise, the A8-6500T shares the same DNA but is clocked at 2.1GHz (3.1GHz Turbo) and uses Radeon HD 6550 graphics. The GPUs on both parts are clocked at 720MHz.

Pre-order pricing for the A8-6500T and A10-6700T sits at $109 and $156, respectively.

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