Tuesday, October 9, 2012

AMD Z-60

AMD Announced Z-60 "Hondo" Processors for Windows 8 Tablets

On October 9th of 2012, AMD announced their latest addition to the APU processor range, the Codename "Hondo" Z-60 processor. The new AMD processor is said to be 5x or 6x greater graphics compute power than Intel's predecessor, Ceder Trail. So this means Hondo will directly compete with Intel and its recently announced Clover Trail processors. Gaming on portable devices is becoming extremely popular and these new processors are going to bring that little bit of extra oomph. Hondo will support display resolutions of up to 1920x1200 over HDMI. However, AMD admits there's limits to watching HD content and 720p will offer a "better experience" than full HD 1080p. This is a huge drawback as YouTube is gaining in quality and displays are only getting higher in pixel resolution. The Z-60 will consume only 4 and 5 watts depending on the task, which is low enough for the chip to be kept cool without fans. AMD claims the processor can last a whole working day on a single charge, while Intel's Clover Trail is said to manage 10-hours of active use. These figures may not be entirely accurate due to different user configurations or different additional hardware. The future holds exciting prospects for Windows 8 powered devices and it will be interesting to see how AMD and Intel's competitive nature pans out over the next few months. More information can be found here: http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/9/3476286/amd-hondo-z-60-radeon-hd-6250-announcement

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