AMD Announces G-Series APU
AMD has just announced its new G-series platform, the world’s first combination of a lower-power CPU, coupled with an advanced GPU that is integrated into a single embedded Accelerated Processing Unit. The G-series has the core focus of producing more for less power. These APUs carry thermal design power ratings between 5.5 and 6.4 watts, leading to a 39% power savings compared to previous versions.
The G-series APU ships in a 361mm2 package that allows compact use, perfect for modern netbooks and notebooks. AMD claims that the new G-series APUs offer up to three times the performance per watt compared to previous generations. The new chips also support DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.0, OpenCL 1.1, and AMD Turbo on select models.
Whether these new chips will be offered in a laptop or netbook package is up to the manufacturers to decide. Currently, Intel is the leader in both desktop and portable processing with AMD offered as a cheaper alternative at many computer manufacturing websites such as HP. Although I admit that AMD offers decent chips, I am an Intel fanboy myself and have been using Intel chips for a number of years. I think when it comes down to computing, you get what you pay for, and for many, it’s not a necessity to be working with the latest and greatest. See the video below to learn more about APUs.