AMD Readying Brazos 2.0 for Q1 2012

Pulkit Chandna

A new report at Computerbase.de ( translation ) suggests that a successor to the successful Brazos platform is on its way from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). They say appearances can be deceptive, but so can be names. Even though it’s codenamed Brazos 2.0, there is nothing to suggest that it will be a generational leap in terms of performance. On the contrary, everything in the report points to a more subtle performance boost.

AMD is said to be readying two Brazos 2.0 chips, the E1-1200 and E2-1200, for launch in the first quarter of 2012. Both chips will contain slightly improved CPU and GPU parts as compared to the chips they will replace.

The E2-1800 will be replacing the E-450. When compared with the outgoing chip, the E2-1800 will pack slightly higher-clocked Bobcat cores (1.7GHz vs 1.6GHz). Likewise, the GPU in the new chip too will be clocked marginally higher than the E-450 (680/523 MHz vs 600/508 MHz). However, the slightly overclocked integrated Radeon core inside the E2-1800 will go by a new name, HD 7430.

The E1-1200 will be replacing the E-300. The former will have its CPU clocked at 1.4GHz and the GPU at 500MHz. Again this is a minuscule improvement over the outgoing part. The E-300 has its CPU clocked at 1.3GHz and the GPU at 488MHz.

Brazos 2.0 will bring with it a new mobile chipset called A68M, which will feature a couple of USB 2.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports and two SATA 6Gbps ports. The total number of ports are considerably less than the A50M. This is intended to cut down on power consumption.

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