If AMD were an Internet troll, it would be that annoying guy who always chimes in with a "FIRST!" post in the comment sections of articles. After the company's Radeon 7000 series beat Nvidia to market by quite a few months, it's now beaten Intel to the CPU punch, too. With Ivy Bridge's expected launch staring us square in the face, AMD has announced that its Trinity and Brazos 2.0 APUs have begun shipping out.
Originally scheduled for sometime during the third quarter, the launch of Intel’s next-generation “Cedar Trail” Atom chips was pushed back to November owing to driver issues and the chip maker’s failure to secure WHQL certification for them. We have almost come to the end of the month and there is no sign of the Cedar Trail-M platform yet. But not everyone is clueless.
A new report at Computerbase.de 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.
Small. Simple. Smart. Those are the three goals MSI set out to achieve with its new Wind Box DC100, which the company is describing as a fashionable mini PC with an eco-chic design. Tear open the DC100 and you'll find the latest AMD Brazos platform running the show with an E-450 dual-core processor clocked at 1.65GHz and Radeon HD 6320 discrete class graphics.
If you’ve been looking to build an HTPC, but either didn’t care for a hot & loud full tower case, or simply couldn’t stomach the paltry performance of Atom powered nettop boxes, we have great news for you. Zotac sent out a press release today announcing the release of the palm sized ZBOX nano AD10, with pretty impressive performance, at what appears to be a fairly reasonable price.
Announced last month at Computex, the E-450 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) will be joining AMD’s E-Series of Fusion chips later this year. While there’s quite a lot that we already know about the chip, Fudzilla claims to have found the remaining pieces of the E-450 puzzle. Hit the jump for details.
AMD's bread and butter has almost always been aggressively attacking the price-to-performance sector, and the chip maker's Brazos platform won't be an exception (for a refresher on Brazos/Fusion, see here). According to Fudzilla, AMD hopes to see Brazos-based platforms selling for $99.
In order to do that, AMD partners will have to pluck technologies off of their boards, things like USB 3.0 and higher end audio solutions, for example. While that means giving up a few amenities, the end result is you'll see some pretty inexpensive nettops and HTPCs built around Brazos.