Windows 7 tablet from Acer to use AMD's Z-Series APU

By on June 9, 2011, 10:00 AM

AMD's recently announced Z-Series chips for tablets are getting a vote of confidence form Acer, according to DigiTimes. The Taiwanese computer maker has reportedly placed orders for 80,000 Z-01 APUs to put inside Windows 7 tablets targeted at the enterprise market, and apparently several other vendors are considering taking the same route.

Not many details were shared at the recent Computex launch but apparently the Z-01 is a power-optimized version of AMD's existing C-50 APU for netbooks. It features a pair of Bobcat CPU cores running at 1GHz, built-in Radeon HD 6250 graphics, and a 5.9W TDP. MSI is expected to sell the Windpad 110W this year using AMD's Z-Series chip.

Microsoft has promised to make the next major version of Windows compatible with ARM-based systems in an effort to break into the burgeoning tablet market, while Intel on the other hand is working to port Android to the x86 architecture for exactly the same reasons. Both endeavors are still some time away, and as ARM + Android/iOS dominate the market, Windows 7 and x86 chips are pitched as an alternative for business users wit more complex needs.

We've yet to see one such product stand out, however, mainly because Windows 7 is not optimized for touch input and x86 processors from Intel or AMD are not (yet) as power efficient as those based on ARM architectures.




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Lurker101 said:

This may sound like a silly question, but why not make x64 processors for tablets. Working hard to get back to x86 just sounds like working backwards to me, when we should be moving forwards.

Koof said:

Lurker101 said:

This may sound like a silly question, but why not make x64 processors for tablets. Working hard to get back to x86 just sounds like working backwards to me, when we should be moving forwards.

x64 is and instruction set of x86 I believe. When people throw around x86 they're usually talking processors with x64.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

Koof said:

Lurker101 said:

This may sound like a silly question, but why not make x64 processors for tablets. Working hard to get back to x86 just sounds like working backwards to me, when we should be moving forwards.

x64 is and instruction set of x86 I believe. When people throw around x86 they're usually talking processors with x64.

...as far as i learned x86 means 32 bit.... and x64 means 64 bit. Please correct me if I am wrong.

At the moment there is no need for it, so of course manufacturers dont bother putting the money into it until later when these devices start getting to a standard of 4GBs of memory.

Trillionsin Trillionsin said:

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Simple answer with wiki links.. if you like to believe what you read on wiki, I know some people hate wiki...

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