Having already made a “gigantic” shipment in the first quarter of 2012, AMD is getting ready to launch a couple of newer and better Accelerated Processing Units.
Two of the APUs that will start shipping this month (June, 2012) are called E1-1200 and E2-1800. They are built on the bobcat architecture.
Their specifications hadn't been known until today, not officially anyway. Fortunately, the Sunnyvale, California-based company has added them to its website at last.
The E1-1200 is a dual-core with a clock speed of 1.4 GHz and the Radeon HD 7310 integrated graphics processor, with 80 shader cores and a frequency of 500 MHz.
The E2-1800 also has two cores but runs at 1.7 GHz and drives its Radeon HD 7340 GPU at 523 MHz / 680 MHz in Turbo Core.
Oddly enough, the company website
does not give any Turbo speed rating for the x86 cores, so either the technology doesn't apply to them (for some obscure reason) or it was just an oversight.
We suspect the former, since the E-450 also has Turbo GPU rating but no change listed for the CPU core speed.
Speaking of which, the E1-1200 will replace the E200, while the E2-1800 will take the spot covered by this very E-450. Both chips run on a TDP (thermal design power) of 18W and possess 1 MB of L2 cache.
For those still skeptical about AMD's chances, and the odds of things like Sleekbooks
giving Intel Ultrabooks a hard time, keep in mind that AMD's APUs have earned the Best Choice of Computex Award
Sure, the prize went to the A-Series, not the E-line, but the latter get to enjoy some fame by association, even if they don't land inside sleekbooks or comparable devices. Besides, the E1-1200 and E2-1800 are Brazos 2.0 models, so they should score plenty of design wins on their own.