Along with AMD’s roadmap announcements today at financial analyst day, AMD has also offered a brief update on the state of Carrizo, the company’s forthcoming next-generation mobile APU. Due for launch this year, AMD has just confirmed that Carrizo is ramping well and will be launching this quarter, though SKU details are not being provided at this time.

Meanwhile, AMD is also using the opportunity to announce their intended branding for Carrizo notebooks. These products will now be known as the 6th generation A-series, and will be featuring revised AMD badges to indicate this. AMD will be retaining the current FX/A10/A8 branding, with the only real change being the inclusion of the “6th generation” branding on the badges.

Badging aside, AMD still will have to face the fact that they’re launching a 28nm notebook APU versus Intel’s 14nm notebook CPUs, the company is once again banking on their strong GPU performance to help drive sales. Coupled with the combination of low power optimizations in Carrizo and full fixed-function hardware decoding of HEVC, and AMD will be relying on Carrizo to carry them through to 2016 and Zen.

Finally, though it will come a bit later in the year, AMD’s FAD update has also briefly mentioned their plans for their AMD Pro lineup and how Carrizo will impact it. In short, AMD will be leaning on a combination of Carrizo’s power gains, and their own security technology as found in the Pro APUs.

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  • zodiacfml - Friday, May 8, 2015 - link

    28nm in 2016?! I'd be interested if pricing is competing with Intel's current Atoms.
  • ZycaManiac - Sunday, August 2, 2015 - link

    I actually calculated the cost of a top of the line FX computer vs a fairly good i7 Haswell quad core...

    My conclusion is that both computer will cost roughly the same, with FX saving a little bit of money (Cheaper CPU, much more expensive cooling + power supply).

    With processor disspating 3 to 4 times the power of i7... I'm pretty sure the difference I saved going with FX will show up on my electric bill pretty soon..
  • danwat1234 - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - link

    Yup, power efficiency adds up over time. AMD's going to not have a high powered laptop chip for enthusiasts most likely, because they (AMD) sucks
  • danwat1234 - Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - link

    I hope the clockspeed of the new CPUs are decent! AMD's laptop chips are weak. Make some 45W and 57W TDP laptop chips, AMD! 35w is not enough to compete against Intel, it's not better than maybe a 2.2GHZ Skylake i3 i would guesstimate. Have it base clock to 2.8GHZ and turbo to 4GHZ+ for a high end laptop chip.

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