AMD Fusion A-series, 10.5-hour battery life, DirectX 11-powered, USB3.0 support

AMD Fusion A-series, looking very good indeed!

Published Tue, Jun 14 2011 12:59 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:31 PM CST
AMD Llano, we finally meet. AMD has officially donned the Llano chips with the Fusion A-Series name and are 32-nanometer APUs designed with desktops and mainstream laptops, taking a glaring stare at Intel's Core 2011 processors. AMD are claiming superior processing, discrete-level graphics and a whopping 10-plus hour battery life with Fusion A-Series.

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AMD is also looking to take a break from the CPU plus GPU paradigm, this is not to say they're ditching Radeon cards, because they too can be coupled with an APU for a 75-percent boost in graphics performance, something AMD calls "Dual Graphics." The Fusion A-Series chips come in at just 228 square millimeters, quite tiny, ain't it?

The A-Series include no less than seven laptop APUs across three different families, offering up to 4MB of cache and clock frequencies as high as 1.9GHz in the dual-core A4 chips, with up to 2.5GHz if you include AMD's Turbo Core technology. Surprisingly, these chips are also stereoscopic 3D-capable, inclusive of USB3.0 support, DirectX 11, OpenCL / OpenGL, AMD Wireless Display and both 1600MHz DDR3 and low-power 1333MHz DDR3L memory.

The new APUs are promising more than ten and a half hours of resting battery life thanks to power gating with AMD claiming that its quad-core A8-3510MX APU is capable of lasting more than three and a half hours longer than the dual-core Core i5-2410M processor. AMD are also taking another stab saying their dual-core A4 chips will compete with Intel Core i3 CPUs, the quad-core A6 taking on the i3 and i5 and the quad-core A8 stalking the i5 and i7. Systems based on A4, A6 or A8 chips are expected to start at around $499, $599 and $699 respectively.

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Next up, graphics. The A-Series has up to 400 shader cores depending on the model, and now includes two new AMD technologies. AMD's Vision Engine: AMD Perfect Picture HD which is meant to clean up 1080p video post-processing. Secondly, AMD Steady Video which compensates camera shake in movies.

A-Series-powered PCs are already shipping and AMD says we should expect to see at least 150 of them by the end of the year.

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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