The A-Series Platform
In September 2009, AMD launched VISION, designed to enable a more visual, superior PC user experience and to help consumers more easily find a PC to match their needs. In December of 2009, AMD pointed to the 20 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute as evidence of this usage trend. Today, just over one and a half years later, that number has increased to 35 hours uploaded every minute with a stunning total of more than 13 million hours of video uploaded during 2010! The average PC users’ demands have moved well beyond simple business applications and are now focused on richer entertainment with more HD and lifelike gaming and the trend is continuing.
Responding to this market demand, AMD developed the A-Series Desktop Platform, designed to meet the needs of today’s PC user. With up to four 32nm “Stars” cores and up to 400 Radeon™ cores, the AMD A-Series APU offers the CPU performance of the former AMD Phenom™ II Processor combined with true AMD Radeon™ discrete-class graphics. In fact, AMD’s A-Series APUs provide more graphics power than many entry level discrete cards, enabling an outstanding visual experience.
The performance of the AMD A-Series APU is supported by the A75 or the A55 AMD Fusion Controller Hub (FCH). Together, these two components form what AMD refers to as the “Lynx” platform, which is “Llano” for mainstream desktop. The A75 FCH provides SATA 3.0 (6 Gb/s) capability for blazing fast hard disk drive speed and optical disk drive performance and up to four (4) super speed USB 3.0 ports for the ultimate in connectivity. Both chipsets also support four (4) PCIe 2.0 capable x1 GPPs for responsive peripheral component performance and HD Audio.
The A-Series Platform, in addition to the already powerful discrete-class graphics, supports AMD Dual Graphics with select combinations of A-Series APUs plus AMD Radeon™ HD 6400, HD 6500 and HD 6600 Series Graphics. Only AMD has the technology to provide additive graphics performance when combining a discrete GPU to an existing APU.
The A-Series APUs helps accelerate digital content creation and delivers enthusiast-class 3D gaming. With all models boasting DirectX 11 support and AMD’s Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine, the AMD A-Series APU platform enables you to enjoy the latest games and media content without requiring an additional discrete GPU.
One of the more crafty features of the A8-3850 is adding an additional GPU. A 6XXX series Radeon graphics card can run in crossfire with the on die GPU. Obviously, it would clock down to the 6550D core speeds but nonetheless, this is ground breaking territory.
Let’s see how AMD has positioned the "A" series.