AMD touts new low-cost desktop chipset, calls Intels a dead-end

AMD logoThe developing world may be turning toward cheap and portable smartphones, but AMD seems confident that what those markets need is more desktop computing power.

Enter the AM1 chipset, an SoC for desktops launching April 9 and aimed at developing markets. You may recognize AM1 as a sibling of the Kabini family of chips, which launched last year with dual- and quad-core Jaguar CPUs and GPUs on the same chipsetvery much resembling what landed in both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 a few months later.

While Kabini is destined primarily for portables, AMD wants the AM1 to dominate the low-cost, expandable desktop market, and at an estimated $60 starting price for the chipset and the motherboard combined, it's appropriate for that task.

AMD touts new low-cost desktop chipset, calls Intels a dead-end

However, with that price point comes some compromises. While AMD has yet to announce formal specs for the AM1 series, motherboard manufacturers ASRock and Gigabyte say that AM1 will be limited to a 25W max power draw from the chipset, along with a restriction to PCIe 2.0 that might bottleneck multiple video cards. (Anandtech says that those figures match up with leaks from Chinese VR-Zone.)

Still, AMD's announcement pulls no punches, making direct comparisons to Intel's mobile-minded Bay Trail platform by showing off a list of what it says AM1 does better: higher memory speeds, 16 GB memory support, an upgradable socket, and Windows XP support. The list concludes with a frank declaration: "Avoid a dead-end platform and choose AMD."

Putting a ton of power in a low-cost, almost-all-in-one solution could prove an easy sell for developing countries' computer labs, assuming they already have monitors and other hardware to swap. The upgradable socket could also keep those markets locked into AMD for years to come. And don't count out the tiny form factor that the series' Micro-ATX and Mini-ITX motherboards will deliver on the cheap for Western enthusiasts as well. However, in spite of the potent Jaguar quad-core architecture, we wouldn't hold our breath for, say, legitimate gaming power from the AM1 family.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: AMD, CPUs

Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
Your comment:

Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party

Last news

Galaxy Note10 really is built around a 6.7-inch display
You may still be able to download your content
Facebook, Messenger and Instagram are all going away
Minimize apps to a floating, always-on-top bubble
Japan Display has been providing LCDs for the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apples 2018 line-up
The 2001 operating system has reached its lowest share level
The entire TSMC 5nm design infrastructure is available now from TSMC
The smartphone uses a Snapdragon 660 processor running Android 9 Pie
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 / 2
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /

News Archive



Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (15)