AMD brings Z-60 chip in response to Intel Z2760 for Windows 8
AMD announced its latest Z-60 chip for devices built on the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8 platform. With this chip, the company has made an entry into the performance tablet and small form factor PC market. Industry analysts see this launch as a response to Intel’s Clover Trail processor announcement in September. Formerly known as Hondo, the Z-60 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) will arrive in tablets later this year.
USPs of Z-60 chip
AMD claims that the new chip will provide an ultimate HD tablet experience without compromises. The company also said that the Z-60 chip will enable smooth working of Windows 8 apps and provides a better graphics performance than Cedar Trail (Clover Trail's predecessor). The chip is equipped with industry leading AMD Radeon graphics and supports resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 over HDMI. With the AMD Start Now technology, the chip allows a full boot in just 25 seconds and resumes from sleep in two seconds.
The AMD Z-60 chip provides a battery life of up to eight hours while web browsing, and up to six hours of HD video playback. It also reconnects quickly to a Wi-Fi connection. This allows it to enter and exit the low-power states with less delay. According to the company’s press release, “Tablets with AMD APUs can also leverage the AMD AppZone, a one-stop resource for accessing popular applications that can take advantage of the full compute capability of the processor.”
What the management said
According to Steve Belt, corporate vice president of Ultra-Low Power Products, AMD, “Tablet users seeking an uncompromised experience for both creating and consuming content on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform now have a performance-driven, affordable option with the AMD Z-60 APU… We see a large gap between the lower performance and high-price competitive offerings that allow AMD to be in tablet designs that will please our customers and end users alike.”
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