Double the performance with AMD’s security processor in tow
Bye-bye Kabini and Temash. Hello Beema and Mullins. Those are the names for AMD’s two new mobile APUs announced at the APU13 Developer Summit. The promises are lofty: twice the performance per watt and PC gaming in a tablet.
According to TechRadar, Mullins is the clear poster boy. Designed for use in fanless tablets, convertible notebooks, and standard laptops, Mullins and its little brother Beema are made to pack more punch despite running on lower power.
Beema and Mullins will both be available in dual- and quad-core Puma flavors. Included in the APUs are Graphics Core Next Radeon graphics with everything on a 28nm chip. Beema replaces Kabini with a 10W minimum TDP. Mullins has a minimum ~2W SDP (Scenario Design Power) replacing the 3-4W TDP minimum of Temash. Both APUs are expected to be available before Computex 2014 with demo units on display during CES.
AMD’s also excited about the AMD Security Processor which is an ARM Cortex-A5 core with support for ARM TrustZone. The technology is supposed to provide a trusted execution environment to help prevent software-based attacks like malware while also providing secure ways to handle user authentication and payment processing.
Both APUs are geared towards Windows 8.1, but AMD Director of Marketing Gabe Gravning says that it’s “working with partners to put Android over Windows.”