AMD started shipping its "Llano" Accelerated Processor Units (APUs) to OEMs back in April, and now the new parts are officially out. The Sunnyvale chip maker announced what it's calling the Fusion A-Series, which AMD says "enable brilliant graphics, supercomputer-like performance, and all day battery life." These 32nm APUs are a different class of chips than the APUs that are already available, and take aim at consumer notebooks and desktops.
"The AMD A-Series APU represents an inflection point for AMD and is perhaps the industry’s biggest architectural change since the invention of the microprocessor," said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. "It heralds the arrival of brilliant all-new computing experiences, and enables unprecedented graphics and video performance in notebooks and PCs. Beginning today we are bringing discrete-class graphics to the mainstream."
AMD's A-Series APUs are shipping now and will appear in more than 150 notebooks and desktops from leading OEMs throughout the second quarter of 2011 and beyond, AMD says. AMD promises up to 10.5 hours of battery life, DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics up to 400 Radeon cores along with dedicated HD video processing on a single chip, stereoscopic 3D support, up to 4MB of cache, clockspeeds up to 1.9GHz (2.5GHz Turbo), and USB 3.0 support.