AMD Aims to Meet Higher Expectations for Tablet and Hybrid PC Performance at Mobile World Congress 2013

Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:00am EST

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  SUNNYVALE, CA, Feb 20 (Marketwire) -- 
AMD (NYSE: AMD), creator of the performance tablet category, today
announced a new innovation for hybrid PCs that delivers uncompromised
mobile PC experiences when in tablet mode or when connected to its base
keyboard. Hybrid PCs are a new market segment between full notebooks and
pure tablets that AMD plans to demonstrate, along with stand-alone
performance tablets, at Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain
next week.

    AMD Turbo Dock technology(1) automatically adjusts performance of the AMD
accelerated processing unit (APU) higher while a hybrid PC is docked and
being used for more complex tasks like content creation. Likewise, AMD
Turbo Dock is designed to lower power consumption when in tablet mode,
helping to save battery life and extend movie or video watching, as well
as web browsing time.

    "With our latest APUs, AMD aims to deliver a more complete, full-featured
experience on tablet and hybrid PCs than has been available to date,"
said Steve Belt, vice president of AMD Ultra-low Power Products. "AMD
Turbo Dock technology delivers on that promise by dynamically adjusting
to what the user is doing to provide the optimal experience and battery
life whether they are watching a video, playing a DirectX(R) 11-supported
game or building a PowerPoint presentation for work."

    AMD Turbo Dock technology is expected to appear this year on equipped
hybrid systems built around the system-on-chip (SoC) codenamed "Temash"
with AMD Radeon(TM) HD graphics. "Temash" is AMD's latest ultra-low
power, mobility processor for Windows 8 tablets and hybrids that delivers
five times the graphics performance of the competition's x86 tablet
solution(2). Demonstrations at Mobile World Congress will include
leading-edge applications and games on both quad-core and dual-core
versions of the processor built with 28nm manufacturing technology.

    "IDC research shows that two of the top demands tablet owners have are
speed and a high resolution display," said Tom Mainelli, research
director for tablets at IDC. "Balancing performance on high pixel density
screens with user demands around battery life is essential to a great
tablet experience. Technologies like AMD's newest generation APU 'Temash'
aim to meet those needs." 

    Other premium features available from AMD-based tablets and hybrids

--  Access to the AMD AppZone, a one-stop resource for accessing popular
    applications that can take advantage of the full compute capability of
    the processor;
--  AMD Start Now technology that allows fast boot and resume from sleep
--  AMD Radeon HD graphics on the APU, with support for full HD 1080p
    resolution, HDMI output for external displays, and impressive gaming
    performance with Microsoft DirectX 11 capability;
--  Windows 8 and Windows 7 support with backward compatibility for all
    Windows applications.


Supporting Resources

--  Keep up with AMD on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn
--  Visit AMD in Hall 7 / Booth 7i-44 at Mobile World Congress 2013


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    (1) AMD Turbo Dock technology allows a tablet device to boost its
performance when connected with a compatible base unit. AMD Turbo
Dock-compatible base units provide supplemental APU cooling beyond what
is available solely in the slate. Actual performance increases using AMD
Turbo Dock technology will vary based on the manufacturer's tablet, base
unit and supplemental cooling solution design. AMD Turbo Dock technology
is currently available only on the 2013 AMD A6-1450 APU, and is not
available on all tablet models - check with the manufacturer for specific
models that support this feature.

    (2) Test conducted in AMD Performance Labs using FutureMark 3DMark 06 as
a metric for GPU performance. The AMD A6-1450 APU-based system scored
2624 while the Intel Atom Z2760 based system scored 451. The platforms
tested were the "Larne" reference platform with an AMD A6-1450 Quad Core
1.0GHz APU, AMD Radeon(TM) HD 8280 series graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066 system
memory and Microsoft Windows 8, versus an Acer ICONIA W510-1666 with an
Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz CPU, Intel integrated graphics, 2GB DDR3-1066
system memory and Microsoft Windows 8. TEM-5

    (3) AMD Start Now technology is a BIOS-optimized solution designed to
deliver better system responsiveness by minimizing the time to wake up
the system from sleep mode, boot the system to desktop and connect to a
wireless local area network. Actual times will vary based on operating
system, APU, driver, disk drive and memory speed. AMD Start Now
technology is available with select AMD APUs when running Windows 7 or
Windows 8. Check with your component or system manufacturer or retailer
for specific model capabilities.


Gary Silcott
AMD Client Products
(512) 602-0889 

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