AMD's upcoming mobile APUs make 'Jaguar' next-gen console chips obsolete

By on November 14, 2013, 8:30 AM
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Think that shiny new gaming console you'll be picking up in the coming weeks has the latest and greatest APU technology from AMD? Think again, as AMD recently announced a new range of mobile APUs that effectively render the semi-custom APUs used in the PlayStation and Xbox One obsolete.

In 2014, AMD will be launching 'Beema' (10-25W) and 'Mullins' (~2W) APUs to replace the low-power 'Kabini' and ultra-low-power 'Temash' chips respectively. Both new APUs come with between two and four 'Puma' CPU cores, the successor to the 'Jaguar' cores seen in Kabini, Temash and the next-generation consoles. AMD is claiming Puma gives a 2x improvement in performance per watt versus Jaguar, but so far hasn't disclosed exactly what is facilitating this boost on the architecture or clock speed front.

On the GPU front, Beema and Mullins both make use of the GCN 1.0 architecture: the same architecture used in Kabini and Temash, as well as the Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards. To get more performance out of the GPU in the new line of APUs, it appears as though AMD has raised the clock speeds, as opposed to adding more compute units.

AMD has also added in an ARM Cortex-A5 core into Beema and Mullins as a "Platform Security Processor", bringing support for the ARM TrustZone. Essentially this provides an environment for malware protection and certain authentication protocols, but as it still requires software-side implementation, there's no guarantees it will ever be used.

While the desktop Kaveri APUs will be available from January 14, there's no exact launch date for Beema or Mullins. However with the growing adoption of Intel's Bay Trail chips, it would be in AMD's best interests to get these new SoCs out the door sooner rather than later.




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1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

By time these Puma core chips released they'll already be obsolete because AMD will be putting the final touches to it's successor while still developing Puma's successor successor if that makes sense.

9 people like this | 9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

"My new computer's got the clocks, it rocks

But it was obsolete before I opened the box"

TrueBooleanFals TrueBooleanFals said:

"My new computer's got the clocks, it rocks

But it was obsolete before I opened the box"

Hilarious, Love it!

* I used to say something along the lines of 'Wii are the Revolution' back when the Wii was called the Revolution... I was hoping the 'Wii' name was a joke and meant for Japan.

1 person liked this | Polaco Polaco said:

I think people that buys a console does not care about it having the latest chip in the market, just think in gaming. If consoles will be waiting for the last technology they would be waiting forever to release a product. So what is the point of this article demeaning consoles ? demeaning AMD?

2 people like this | Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I think people that buys a console does not care about it having the latest chip in the market, just think in gaming. If consoles will be waiting for the last technology they would be waiting forever to release a product. So what is the point of this article demeaning consoles ? demeaning AMD?

A lot has been put lately into AMD providing the chips for the next gen consoles (and how powerful they are), so I'd have to say this article is pointing out that AMD is not resting on its laurels? What I got from it was that AMD's next iteration of mobile APUs has some serious potential to put better mobile PC gaming in our hands next year. Didn't seem demeaning at all, really... Just another confirmation that PC gaming is superior to consoles

Guest said:

Well said sir , well said

kamz999 said:

Arent jaguar chips being used in PS4 and XBONE?

hahahanoobs hahahanoobs said:

Arent jaguar chips being used in PS4 and XBONE?

AMD's upcoming mobile APUs make 'Jaguar' next-gen console chips obsolete

Fbarnett Fbarnett said:

I think people that buys a console does not care about it having the latest chip in the market, just think in gaming. If consoles will be waiting for the last technology they would be waiting forever to release a product. So what is the point of this article demeaning consoles ? demeaning AMD?

A lot has been put lately into AMD providing the chips for the next gen consoles (and how powerful they are), so I'd have to say this article is pointing out that AMD is not resting on its laurels? What I got from it was that AMD's next iteration of mobile APUs has some serious potential to put better mobile PC gaming in our hands next year. Didn't seem demeaning at all, really... Just another confirmation that PC gaming is superior to consoles

Amd better keep plowing forward or they will die. They have given up on the desktop market. Ho[efully they find something that they can be really good at. we need the compitetion

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