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AMD Reveals Its Reference Tablet Designs

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AMD has showcased its new reference designs for a business and "multimedia-orientated" tablets in a live demonstration video.

Much in the same vein as Intel's "North Cape" reference tablet, AMD has unveiled its reference design for two convertible tablet/notebooks that is based on the company's upcoming next-generation APUs and comes with a number of interesting features.

From the live demonstration video (available below), the business-oriented tablet is based on the quad-core Temash APU, which features four Jaguar x86 cores paired with a Radeon HD 7000 series graphics engine. The multimedia focused design features an A6 "Kabini" APU, which despite generally being found in low-power/entry level devices, appeared to flawlessly run Torchlight II in 1920 x 1080 at 25 fps in DirectX 11 mode.

Both devices feature AMD's innovative Turbo Dock technology that not only provides a keyboard and more ports to the tablet when docked, but also contains an active cooling system, which will allow the processor to operate at a higher frequency, thus delivering better performance. Similarly, the technology will also reduce power consumption by downclocking the processor when idle or when performing light tasks such as web browsing or watching videos. AMD's Turbo Dock is expected to be commercially released later in Q3 / Q4 2013 on hybrid devices based on the Temash processor.

AMD Elite Mobility Live Demonstration

If greater convergence is indeed the future of computing, it will be interesting to see what the next generation of hybrid devices from AMD and Intel have in store for us.

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    twelve25 , April 8, 2013 12:15 PM
    DjEaZy... it deserves something better than Win[H]8...


    Like what? Surely the quad core and Radeon 7000 GPU deserve better software than Android apps.
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    slomo4sho , April 8, 2013 12:40 PM
    twelve25Like what? Surely the quad core and Radeon 7000 GPU deserve better software than Android apps.


    Android isn't the only viable linux based platform out there...
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    hannibal , April 8, 2013 12:14 PM
    Interesting... Nice to see real products, because these have a chance of being fast enough and hopefully cheap enough. The active cooling is allso interesting feature for tablet. So this is more to people who only have money for one device that replases the laptop and tablet at the same time. Surface pro makes it allso, but 1000$ price will keep it for people who can easily afford to have both and best of the both worlds.
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    hannibal , April 8, 2013 12:14 PM
    Interesting... Nice to see real products, because these have a chance of being fast enough and hopefully cheap enough. The active cooling is allso interesting feature for tablet. So this is more to people who only have money for one device that replases the laptop and tablet at the same time. Surface pro makes it allso, but 1000$ price will keep it for people who can easily afford to have both and best of the both worlds.
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    twelve25 , April 8, 2013 12:15 PM
    DjEaZy... it deserves something better than Win[H]8...


    Like what? Surely the quad core and Radeon 7000 GPU deserve better software than Android apps.
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    alidan , April 8, 2013 12:24 PM
    um... torchlight 2 is direct x 9c only... unless a recent patch put 11 into it...

    that said, the frame rate on the tablet looks like hell, i can see the slow down... ill take a lower resolution for 30+fps...
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    slomo4sho , April 8, 2013 12:40 PM
    twelve25Like what? Surely the quad core and Radeon 7000 GPU deserve better software than Android apps.


    Android isn't the only viable linux based platform out there...
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    chicofehr , April 8, 2013 1:01 PM
    I wonder if it allows us to install our own OS like a real computer. I got Win7 Ent which I would be happy to install myself if given the opportunity.
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    gggplaya , April 8, 2013 1:02 PM
    Woohoo, now maybe i don't have to pay out the butt for a windows 8 tablet. Will this be able to run x86 or 64bit windows 8? Or is this for windows 8 RT?
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    athulajp , April 8, 2013 1:06 PM
    chicofehrI wonder if it allows us to install our own OS like a real computer. I got Win7 Ent which I would be happy to install myself if given the opportunity.

    I would appreciate that soooo much. I'd love to be able to put an SSD in there and install my distro of choice.
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    samwelaye , April 8, 2013 1:09 PM
    its the only other viable MAINSTREAM operating system, so for most of the world, yes it is. When people walk into a store to buy a tablet, they buy an ipad, an android tablet, or maybe 1 in a hundred buy a windows one. Adding some ubuntu tablet or something to the mix will mean nobody buys that except tech people.

    you must remember, we are a minority. Companies exist to make money, not to cater to minority demands.
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    dalethepcman , April 8, 2013 1:23 PM
    chicofehrI wonder if it allows us to install our own OS like a real computer. I got Win7 Ent which I would be happy to install myself if given the opportunity.
    What PC have you not been able to install an OS of your choice into? As long as there is a useable input method (boot from PXE, usb, HDD, etc...) then you can reinstall the OS of your choice for the architecture(s) your system supports. (x86, x64, IA64, etc...)

    On topic, I am glad to see AMD releasing some real products and would love to try out Turbo Dock. fortunately they don't seem to have missed any windows 8 boat yet. I hope they can partner with Asus and get a build with integrated Leap Motion.
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    Niva , April 8, 2013 1:24 PM
    Companies fail to understand that they could make more money if they opened up their platforms and made them more versatile. Just earlier today there was an article posted on THG/Daily tech about steam realizing they should have been doing open gl a long time ago, and now that they're trying to diversify they've realized the benefits of it. No duh... There's nothing that prevents a device from being designed for mainstream to also be useful for the techies with minimal effort. The moment they lock these devices down to an OS, they limit their potential customers.

    And no... I'm not a Microsoft basher. I like windows and especially office, but they've made some decisions over the years I didn't care for, like the ribbons. I've still not fully gotten used to the ribbons but I have come around to see the usefulness. Same for Ubuntu, at first I didn't care for Untiy. The versatility is nice though, and having all the options is huge.
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    William Marino , April 8, 2013 1:27 PM
    That is tablet that I would buy if lives up to review
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    athulajp , April 8, 2013 1:36 PM
    dalethepcmanWhat PC have you not been able to install an OS of your choice into? As long as there is a useable input method (boot from PXE, usb, HDD, etc...) then you can reinstall the OS of your choice for the architecture(s) your system supports. (x86, x64, IA64, etc...)On topic, I am glad to see AMD releasing some real products and would love to try out Turbo Dock. fortunately they don't seem to have missed any windows 8 boat yet. I hope they can partner with Asus and get a build with integrated Leap Motion.

    Well, there's some versions of UEFI BIOS' that prevent users from installing other operating systems. I honestly think AMD could only profit from allowing users to switch OS, plus they've been quite co-operative with open source movements so it's a possibility.
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    ta152h , April 8, 2013 2:15 PM
    gggplayaWoohoo, now maybe i don't have to pay out the butt for a windows 8 tablet. Will this be able to run x86 or 64bit windows 8? Or is this for windows 8 RT?


    It's an x86-64 CPU, so you'd have no trouble running the real Windows 8. Probably Windows 7 too.

    The Jaguar is AMD's answer to their current problems. Tablets are the most visible items they are showing now, but you'll also see these on a lot of desktop computers, no doubt running Windows 8 in most instances. There's nothing to preclude it, technologically, from running on better platforms too, but right now Windows 8 is still, despite its problems, the dominant new OS. While Microsoft is slowly losing the market, it will remain dominant for the next few years, at least.
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    More Granularity , April 8, 2013 2:21 PM
    Good old Tom's, as always the Intel whore. Notice that the first sentence begins with Intel and the last sentence ends with Intel. Keep up the good work.
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    twelve25 , April 8, 2013 2:37 PM
    Those talking about windows 7, what are you going to do for a touch interface and touch apps? Yes it works with the dock, but if you ONLY use it with the dock, you'd be better off with a netbook.
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    RedundantInk , April 8, 2013 2:38 PM
    More GranularityGood old Tom's, as always the Intel whore. Notice that the first sentence begins with Intel and the last sentence ends with Intel. Keep up the good work.


    I think you've revealed the author's Freudian slip, The same man (me) with a Phenom II and Radeon HD 6850.
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    dalethepcman , April 8, 2013 2:40 PM
    athulajpWell, there's some versions of UEFI BIOS' that prevent users from installing other operating systems. I honestly think AMD could only profit from allowing users to switch OS, plus they've been quite co-operative with open source movements so it's a possibility.


    While this is possible in UEFI, I have yet to find a UEFI board that you could not remove the "secure boot" checkbox from. Additionally your understanding of how this works does not appear to be accurate. UEFI secure boot does not allow unsigned boot loaders to install an OS. Windows 7 and 8, as well as Linux all have signed bootloaders, and with minimal effort can be placed on any machine even with secure boot enabled.

    http://paritynews.com/software/item/614-the-linux-foundation-secure-boot-pre-bootloader-released

    At this time the only issue with UEFI secure boot appears to be dual booting alternate OS environments, which I was never much of a fan for, as I find VM's much more convenient.
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    Yuka , April 8, 2013 2:41 PM
    Looks neat!

    Cheers!
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    A Bad Day , April 8, 2013 2:47 PM
    alidanum... torchlight 2 is direct x 9c only... unless a recent patch put 11 into it...that said, the frame rate on the tablet looks like hell, i can see the slow down... ill take a lower resolution for 30+fps...


    Try running that on an Intel tablet...

    YOU CAN'T
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