This post has been authored by Bernd Lienhard, a CVP and GM at AMD

 

AMD’s most advanced Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) ever comes to mobile! The revolutionary “Kaveri” APU marries the latest technology from AMD to bring performance and power efficiency improvements, while enhancing the on-to-go experience for all users.

 

AMD0170 Kaveri BGA chip COMBO White - AMD logo cropped sm.jpgEarlier this year, AMD impressed technology enthusiasts by bringing “Kaveri” to the DIY desktop market. Today the APU that was lauded by the industry comes to laptops as the 2014 AMD A-Series Performance Mobile APU family, and includes many of the same features found on the desktop version with  up to 12 compute cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) in a revolutionary Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) design.

 

Not only does “Kaveri” combine best-of-breed CPU and GPU processing architectures, it brings truly innovative technologies that the user can hear loud-and-clear. AMD TrueAudio technology1 can turn 2-channel audio into multi-channel, directional audio and apply enhanced background noise removal, on supported applications without the need for expensive additional equipment.

 

For those interested in speeds and feeds, The 2014 AMD A-Series Performance Mobile APU processors stack up impressively including the introduction of AMD’s first ever FX-branded mobile part. The top-of-the-line AMD FX-7600P APU with Radeon™ R7 graphics has 12 compute cores, comprising of four Steamroller CPU cores running at up to 3.6GHz at Max Turbo, eight GCN GPU cores running at 686MHz and supporting DDR3-2133 memory, taking on Intel’s Core i7 in the latest benchmarks.

 

Not only does AMD’s GCN architecture support Microsoft’s DirectX® 11.2, meaning it can play the latest blockbuster games, it also supports OpenCL™. This allows the power of the GPU to be used by applications to provide tremendous performance benefits.

 

Applications such as Adobe Photoshop CC can run up to 59 percent faster2 thanks to OpenCL acceleration, with functions such as Smart Sharpen being up to 384 percent faster3 than the competition!  The OpenCL performance of our  2014 Performance Mobile APU helps general tasks such as JPEG picture decoding4 – the most common image format - with the GPU helping decode images up to 81 percent faster when using AMD’s JPEG decoder.

 

AMD has been at the forefront of the GPU compute revolution and “Kaveri” represents the first mobile APU to support HSA features. This gives developers unprecedented access to the GPU, allowing them to make even greater use of the immense compute power that can be found in AMD 2014 Performance Mobile APU’s GCN-based graphics compute cores.

 

The 2014 Performance Mobile APUs don’t just bring breathtaking performance to the laptop world; it brings new levels of power efficiency with TDPs as low as 17W. This means that laptops with AMD “Kaveri” APUs can have up to 11 hours of battery life when using eReader applications or 9.2 hours when browsing the web.

 

Equally exciting, is the addition of the AMD PRO APU series line-up that brings all this great technology to commercial and enterprise customers as well.  Performing at a similar level as the FX configuration, the AMD PRO APUs include the longevity and stability features that business users demand.

 

When you combine the latest technologies into a product that is as potent as “Kaveri” it is no surprise that our partners are super excited to put them into their products. HP will be using mobile “Kaveri” PROs-series APUs in three of their Elitebook Pro laptops that are designed to undergo MIL-SPEC 810G testing. HP’s Elitebook Pro 725 G2, Elitebook Pro 745 G2 and Elitebook Pro 755 G2 make use of Kaveri’s compute and graphics power by supporting Full-HD screen resolutions. Licorice12_Coreset_FrontLeftOpen.jpg

 

The “Kaveri” mobile APU brings power, performance and revolutionary features that enable better user experiences. I am extremely proud of what our engineers have managed to combine in the mobile “Kaveri” APU. It is rare that a single product has so many firsts, but “Kaveri” combines the power of AMD’s Steamroller x86 CPU and GCN GPU architectures, HSA and AMD TrueAudio technology all in one package.

 

With our partners’ innovative laptop designs that make use of features in the AMD 2014 Performance Mobile APU , now is the ideal time to harness the performance and power efficiency provided by AMD’s latest innovation.

 

Bernd Lienhard is a Corporate Vice President and General Manager at AMD. His postings are his own opinions and may not represent AMD’s positions, strategies or opinions. Links to third party sites, and references to third party trademarks, are provided for convenience and illustrative purposes only. Unless explicitly stated, AMD is not responsible for the contents of such links, and no third party endorsement of AMD or any of its products is implied.



  1. AMD TrueAudio technology is offered by select AMD Radeon™ R9 and R7 200 Series GPUs and select AMD A-Series APUs and is designed to improve acoustic realism. Requires enabled game or application. Not all audio equipment supports all audio effects; additional audio equipment may be required for some audio effects. Not all products feature all technologies—check with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities.
  2. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. PCMark 8 – Home v2 is used to simulate productivity performance; AMD A10-7300 APU scored 2477 while the “Haswell U” platform scored 2370. KVN-13
    Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. 3DMark 11 is used to simulate graphics performance; AMD A10-7300 APU scored 1420 while the “Haswell U” platform scored 946..KVN-14
    Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. Basemark CL is used to simulate compute performance; AMD A10-7300 APU scored 44 while the “Haswell U” platform scored 36. .KVN-15
  3. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. Testing with Adobe Photoshop CS7 measuring seconds to complete applying the Smart Sharpen filter with 64 degree radius with OpenCL enabled. Filter completion time with AMD A10-7300 APU was 11.71 seconds compared to 18.65 seconds with the A10-5745M.. KVN-66 
    AMD “Ballina” reference platform system using the AMD A10-7300 APU with Radeon™ R6 Graphics featuring 10 Compute Cores  (4C+6G), 2x2048 MBytes of DDR3-1600 RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Single Language, 13.352.0.0 - 13-Apr-2014 driver. HP ENVY m6 Sleekbook using AMD A10-5745M APU with Radeon™ HD 8610G Graphics, 2x2048 MBytes of DDR3-1333 RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Single Language,13.151.0.0 - 18-Aug-2013 driver
  4. Testing with Adobe Photoshop CS7 measuring seconds to complete applying the Smart Sharpen filter with 64 degree radius with OpenCL enabled. Filter completion time with AMD A10-7300 APU was 11.71 seconds compared to 56.67 seconds with the i5-4200U. AMD “Ballina” reference platform system using the AMD A10-7300 APU with Radeon™ R6 Graphics featuring  10 Compute Cores  (4C+6G), 2x2048 MBytes of DDR3-1600 RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Single Language, 13.352.0.0 - 13-Apr-2014 driver. Dell Inspiron 5537 using Intel i5-4200U CPU @ 1.60GHz with Intel HD Graphics, 2x2048 MBytes of DDR3-1600 RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Single Language,10.18.10.3496 - 10-Mar-2014 driver. KVN-65
  5. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. The 2014 AMD Performance Platform measuring power draw using eReader, Wi-Fi Web Browsing and 1080p Local Video Playback benchmark tests showed calculated battery life on each task of 11, 9.2 and 5.3 hours respectively. The “Ballina” reference design using the 19W AMD A10-7300 APU with Radeon R6™ Graphics, 10 Compute Cores (4C+6G), 2x2048 MBytes of DDR3-1600 RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Single Language, 13.350.0.0 - 24-Feb-2014 driver, 14.0" 1366x768 LCD display, SSD, Broadcom BCM943228 wireless LAN, and 4-cell Li-Ion 50WHr (high capacity 3000mAhr cell) battery. KVN-40
  6. Testing conducted by AMD Performance Labs on optimized AMD reference systems. PC manufacturers may vary configuration yielding different results. The 2014 AMD Performance Platform JPEG rendered the test images in 13.01 seconds using the Windows 8 built in decoder compared to 7.19 seconds using the AMD JPEG decoder. Both tests used the same 24 images at 11986x8000 (376MB) on identical “Ballina” reference platforms. The “Ballina” reference design using the AMD FX-7600P with Radeon™ R7 Graphics, 12 Compute Cores (4C+8G), 2x4096 MBytes of DDR3-933 RAM, Microsoft Windows 8.1 Single Language, 13.350.0.0 - 10-Mar-2014 driver.  AMD JPEG decoder available only on v14.1 or newer versions of Catalyst driver. KVN-41