Rumors, leaked pictures, and supposed specifications of a tri-core Llano APU have been floating around the Web since early July, and if you had any lingering doubts that this chip was real, you can put them to rest. AMD just sent us word that it's new tri-core A6 3500 APU is shipping now and is available for less than a C-note. Confirmed specs after the break.
This is why we love technology. While the world salivates over the concept of dual-core processors in mobile applications like smartphones and tablets, Marvell goes and introduces the first ever 1.5GHz tri-core ARM processor, the AMRADA 628.
The ARMADA 628 is a System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design with three ARM-compliant CPU cores, two of which are high performance symmetric multiprocessing cores, while the third is optimized for ultra-low power. It also boasts a bit of 3D muscle.
"Marvell has once again set the benchmark for the rest of the industry with the world's first 1.5GHz tri-core processor, delivering dual stream 1080p 3D video and 3D graphics performance with quad unified shaders for 200 million triangles per second delivered on ultra-low power, long battery life smartphones and tablets," said Weili Dai, Marvell, Co-founder and Vice President and General Manager of Marvell Semiconductor's Consumer and Computing Business Unit. "This is important because today's consumers expect robust enterprise and consumer applications delivered to the palm of their hands."
Marvell likens the tri-core architecture to that of a hybrid muscle car. The chip can "perform like a race car engine on demand, while still delivering the frugal gas mileage of a hybrid automobile." In real-world numbers, Marvell says the ARMADA 628 can churn out 10 hours of full 1080p HD video or 140 hours of music on a single charge, all the while providing 3GHz of computational horsepower.
The 450 will supplant the 445 as AMD's flagship tri-core part, bumping up the clockspeed from 3.1GHz to 3.2GHz. It will come with 1.5MB cache (512KB per core), and is really just a faster clocked version of the 445.
No word on how much the new part will cost, but reports suggest it will slide into the 445's $85 price point, while bumping down the slower clocked part to $77.
AMD recently announced a bunch of new processors, including its first triple-core Athlon II chip, and coming soon, the CPU maker will also release a tri-core part for notebooks, Fudzilla says.
Planned as part of the Danube platform, the upcoming Phenom II triple-core N820 mobile processor will essentially be a quad-core part with one of the cores disabled. It will carry a 35W TDP and come packed with 1.5MB of total cache split into 512KB per core. It will also boast DDR3-1333 support, an HT speed of 3.6GT/s, and AMD-V support.
It's not yet known how fast the part will come clocked, nor is there any word on a projected release date or price point. But if AMD plays its cards right, the mobile Phenom could prove awfully tempting for consumers who want to step up from a dual-core platform but lack the ducats to go quad. Or it could force Intel's hand at lowering the price of its mobile Core 2 Quad chips. Either way, notebook shoppers stand to win.
AMD has bumped up it’s line of desktop microprocessors with the introduction of a new set of Athlon II processors, including the first Athlon triple-cores. Triple-core processors, obviously, fill the gap between dual-core and quad-core versions, and, according to Nathan Brookwood of the market research firm Insight 64, offer more power than dual-cores while costing less than quad-cores, making them attractive choices for desktop makers.
The new processors include Athlon II X2s in 2.7GHz and 2.8 GHz, four Athlon II X3s ranging from 2.2 GHz up to 2.9 GHz, and Athlon II X4s at 2.2 GHz and 2.3 GHz. All of the processors pull 45 watts, except for the 2.7 GHz and 2.9 GHz X3s which draw 95 watts. All of the new Athlon IIs are manufactured using 45-nanometer dies.
AMD claims the 2.8 GHz X2 will perform up to 70 percent better on media and entertainment benchmarks than an Intel Core 2 Duo E7400, while the 2.9 GHz X3 shows a 75 percent performance jump over the Intel Core 2 Duo E8500. Overall, AMD says these new processors will offer “superior competitive value for mainstream consumers in productivity, HD video, and 3D gaming.”