Tech Matrix

Laptop buyers do not have much of a choice in terms of CPUs these days with the market dominated by Sandy Bridge and other Intel solutions, but some competition is on the way. Today, AMD officially announced a full range of multi-core chips for laptops combining CPU and GPU, the so-called APUs (Accelerated Processing Units). These complement the AMD Fusion family, and were previously known as “Llano.”

HD entertainment capability and discrete-level OpenCL and DirectX 11-enabled graphics, along with 10.5 hours of battery life, are among the features of the new chips. The A-series chips are built on a 32-nanometer process technology and are the only Sandy Bridge rival on the market. Until now, there have only been low-end C- and E-series AMD processors from the Fusion family, with E-350 being the most notable, featured in a number of netbooks (such as the Asus 1215b and Sony Vaio YB).

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