AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced its full 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processor lineup, designed to help provide powerful productivity and entertainment performance with maximum mobility for consumers. Previously codenamed "Bristol Ridge" and "Stoney Ridge," the 7th Generation AMD FX, A-Series, and E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) show major improvements in performance compared to the previous generation, including double-digit gains in gaming, video rendering, and file compression performance.
Consumers can take their gaming experience to the next level using a PC equipped with support for DirectX 12 and features like AMD FreeSync and AMD Dual Graphics technologies. AMD Advanced Power Management (APM) technology boosts performance to accomplish computing tasks with superior power efficiency for on-the-go capabilities. The new APUs allow users to enjoy the latest multimedia experiences in up-to Ultra HD 4K video resolution, with AMD FreeSync Technology support for fluid, artifact-free eSports-style gaming performance. 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors enable a premium Microsoft Windows 10 experience and are primed to support the Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update, expected later this year.
"At AMD, we are inspired to make every second people use their PC more immersive, productive, and energy efficient," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business, AMD. "We love the PC, and we show it in the compelling mobile experiences made possible by our 7th Generation AMD FX and A-Series Processors, which are the culmination of our ongoing pursuit of leadership graphics and computing capabilities in the most energy efficient processor designs."
Notebooks powered by 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors allow users to work faster and play longer[iii], as up to four cores deliver powerful performance and superior energy efficiency for all day battery life[iv]. Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the full line of 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors feature mobile-optimized "Excavator" x86 CPU cores for high-speed computing, plus built-in Radeon graphics - with some models offering up to Radeon R7 graphics - for smooth eSports gaming and enhanced HD streaming capabilities. The "Bristol Ridge" lineup consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while "Stoney Ridge" processors include 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 configurations.
7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors deliver smooth multitasking, fast start-up times, and premium video streaming and playback features, all with superb power efficiency. AMD delivers graphics and compute superiority versus the competition, with up to 53% higher graphics performance and up to 51% higher compute performance when the 7th Generation AMD FX processor is compared to the Intel Core i7. Improved energy efficiency allows the 7th Generation AMD FX 9800P processor to consume up to 12% less power in productivity workloads compared to the previous generation AMD FX-8800P APU.
AMD identified an industry-wide performance need in the entry-level - or "everyday" - PC segment which it addressed with the 7th Generation A-Series Processors codenamed "Stoney Ridge." With the new 7th Generation AMD A9, A6, and E2 processors, AMD brings high-performance "Excavator" cores and premium video playback processing to this segment, which represents 26% of all PCs sold annually. This enables consumers to get more done, manage more complex tasks, and enjoy more immersive video streaming and playback. Improved GCN cores enable optimal graphics performance and breathtaking image quality. The transition to "Excavator" cores delivers up to 50% faster CPU core performance over the previous generation. The new AMD A9 APU also performs well against the competition, providing up to 27% faster graphics performance than the Intel Pentium-4405U and even rivaling the Intel i3-6100U with competitive graphics[xi] and system performance, but with up to 1.2 GHz faster CPU speed.
Strong OEM partnerships and support of the 7th Generation AMD APUs play a vital role in delivering the best user experience. As announced on April 5, 2016, AMD accelerated the availability of the new processors to support exciting new notebook designs, which allowed Acer, ASUS, Dell, HP, and Lenovo to bring to market richly configured, high-performance systems powered by the 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors, many of which can be seen at Computex 2016, with additional designs and partners expected to be announced throughout 2016.