Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) Unveils Kaveri Mobile Chips To Compete With Intel

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) recently at the Computex Press Conference announced the mobile version of its Kaveri mainstream processor. The company claims that the new processors will be at par with Core i5 and i7 processors from Intel. New branding was, also, announced by AMD and a Pro Series was rolled out by it for business systems.

Better than Intel

In the last year’s show, Kaveri desktop APUs was demonstrated by AMD, and earlier this year shipping also began. An enhanced Steamroller CPU core combined with AMD’s Graphics Core Next Architecture with Radeon R7 series graphics still form the basics of architecture.

AMD might have taken some help from Nvidia’s “192-core” Tegra K1 to equip the chips with up to 12 “compute cores,” including four general-purpose CPU cores and eight GPU cores, which could deliver up to 818 gigaflops of performance.

Kaveri is first mobile chip from Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) that has the capability of coupling together the CPU and GPU by making use of its HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture), as informed by AMD’s Mobility Product Line’s senior director, Kevin Lensing. For boosting the performance, some computing tasks could be easily offloaded by the system from the CPU to GPU. A comparison of time taken to apply a filter in Adobe Photoshop was made by AMD between systems running on Kaveri processor and Intel Core processor using Open CL hardware acceleration, and the system running on Kaveri took much less time than the Intel one.

More for gamers

AMD has certain high performance CPUs targeted at gamers and enthusiasts, and now it has designed a separate FX Series brand, but since it has been removed from the product roadmap of the company, there are few uncertainties with its future. FX Series APUs will be used in many of the gaming laptops of which HP is one of the first user. The first APUs were launched by Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) in 2011, and since then more than 150 million units have been shipped by the company.

Acer, Asus, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba are few major laptop brands that will make available this year itself the laptops using the mobile Kaveri APUs.