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AMD Officially Launches Z-60 Chip for Windows Tablets

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AMD is entering the tablet space with the launch of its new Z-60 chip. Aimed at performance tablets as thin as 10mm and SFF machines, the Z-60 is touted as AMD's lowest power APU and features support for Windows 8 as well as compatibility with Windows 7.

The Z-60 APU packs AMD's Start Now technology, which enables fast boot times as well as quick resume times. It also features support for USB 3.0, 1080p, HDMI out, and Direct X11. It doesn't look like there's any support for systems other than Windows, so anyone hoping to see an Android slate based on the Z-60 is out of luck for now.

The Z-60 is a dual-core chip with 1MB of L2 cache and HD 6250 graphics. It boasts a 1GHz clock speed and a 4.5W TDP. AMD says the Z-60 is already shipping to partners that are expected to launch systems based on the chip later this year. So, it looks like we won't have long to wait before we see this chip in action.

Microsoft's Surface tablets are launching on the same day as Windows 8, October 26, and we're sure to be inundated with Windows 8 tablets in the weeks and months following. Apparently there'll be Z-60 solutions mixed in with the Intel and ARM-based tablets before the year is out. Stay tuned!

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    tpi2007 , October 9, 2012 2:48 PM
    This is a power-optimized, especially binned version of the Z-01, which was released last year, which was itself a power optimized, especially binned version of the C-50. The only news here is the new 4.5w TDP of the Z-60 instead of the 5.9w of the Z-01.

    Technically speaking, this is still the same 40nm Bobcat APU, with 2 x86 cores at 1 Ghz and a Radeon HD 6250, VLIW 5, 80 core GPU, clocked at 276 / 275 Mhz.

    In other words, this has the same performance as the C-50 (or C-60 if you disable Turbo). The difference I think is that both the Z-01 and the Z-60 support DDR3L in addition to the regular DDR3.

    Given that it's still manufactured with 40nm technology, and comparing the 4.5w TDP to the original 9w TDP of the C-50, it will be interesting to see how many of these Z-60's AMD will be able to make.
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    greghome , October 9, 2012 2:51 PM
    Why hasn't AMD released the magical Krishna 28nm Brazo successor I have been waiting for since the beginning of the year...... :( 
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    tpi2007 , October 9, 2012 2:48 PM
    This is a power-optimized, especially binned version of the Z-01, which was released last year, which was itself a power optimized, especially binned version of the C-50. The only news here is the new 4.5w TDP of the Z-60 instead of the 5.9w of the Z-01.

    Technically speaking, this is still the same 40nm Bobcat APU, with 2 x86 cores at 1 Ghz and a Radeon HD 6250, VLIW 5, 80 core GPU, clocked at 276 / 275 Mhz.

    In other words, this has the same performance as the C-50 (or C-60 if you disable Turbo). The difference I think is that both the Z-01 and the Z-60 support DDR3L in addition to the regular DDR3.

    Given that it's still manufactured with 40nm technology, and comparing the 4.5w TDP to the original 9w TDP of the C-50, it will be interesting to see how many of these Z-60's AMD will be able to make.
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    greghome , October 9, 2012 2:51 PM
    Why hasn't AMD released the magical Krishna 28nm Brazo successor I have been waiting for since the beginning of the year...... :( 
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    Cazalan , October 9, 2012 2:59 PM
    Very odd to have a low power CPU and 40nm process.
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    chomlee , October 9, 2012 3:06 PM
    I really hope AMD will get thier SH## together with the tablet market. 2 years ago, it was very evident that tablets where more than a fad (although some people still think they are a fad). Unfortunately AMD failed to get into the market and as a result of the recent turndown of desktop/laptop purchases (all as a result of the mobile industry), sales of CPU went down as did AMD's stock price. I never did understand how thier low end systems with the A series chips didn't do that well. They really were a perfect solution for anyone wanting a cheap computer with some gaming capability. Great for college kids.

    If they were able to come up with a viable mobile chip that really shook things up, their stock would be a good buy right now. On the other hand, they could fail to see the true market and end up filing for bankrupsy in the comming years.
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    jdwii , October 9, 2012 3:19 PM
    Why are they releasing this on 40nm when Intel will be coming out with their new low power chips soon they should've released this on 32nm die at least and they could of did 28nm die as well hopefully they update this soon before they become dead in the tablet market in the future.

    A 28nm updated Brazo is what we want Amd do this with a low TDP of 3.5 watts or less to compete with Arm as well.
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    falchard , October 9, 2012 3:22 PM
    Because Global Foundries had issues, so they had to release this on a half node.
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    juanc , October 9, 2012 3:33 PM
    They called it Z-60 because it's beaten by a Z80...
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    ojas , October 9, 2012 4:07 PM
    Hmmm...i wonder how this will fit in to a market segment where IPC is hugely important?
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    athulajp , October 9, 2012 4:12 PM
    1080p, HDMI, USB3.0 AND DX11 on a tablet, dayum
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    Wisecracker , October 9, 2012 4:50 PM

    greghomeWhy hasn't AMD released the magical Krishna 28nm Brazo successor I have been waiting for since the beginning of the year......


    I believe it was canceled, and the *new* Temesh Kabini with Jaguar cores is taking its place.


    falchardBecause Global Foundries had issues, so they had to release this on a half node.


    That would be incorrect.

    Brazos I/II are TSMC bulk 40nm.


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    freggo , October 9, 2012 5:00 PM
    hydac7That is epic man ) - although i don't think many reading this were even born when Z80 was in the spotlight


    I wrote games for Z80s... darn, I am getting old :-)
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    silverblue , October 9, 2012 5:16 PM
    Come back Zilog, all is forgiven. :p 
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    dalethepcman , October 9, 2012 5:31 PM
    I have a C-50, and while its a great chip, it isn't fast enough for 1080p/30 video playback. This needed to have a 20% higher clock, or 20% higher ipc. I am all in favor of supporting AMD, but this chip will flop. :-(
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    luciferano , October 9, 2012 6:23 PM
    ojasHmmm...i wonder how this will fit in to a market segment where IPC is hugely important?


    Brazos beats Atom and most if not all ARM SoCs in performance per Hz on the CPU. If this is Brazos, then it is probably pretty decent. AMD's Hondo will probably be much better.
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    luciferano , October 9, 2012 6:24 PM
    jdwiiWhy are they releasing this on 40nm when Intel will be coming out with their new low power chips soon they should've released this on 32nm die at least and they could of did 28nm die as well hopefully they update this soon before they become dead in the tablet market in the future. A 28nm updated Brazo is what we want Amd do this with a low TDP of 3.5 watts or less to compete with Arm as well.


    This seems to be some old chips being re-used, hence the older process node. Don't worry about successors, AMD has been working on a good one.
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    luciferano , October 9, 2012 6:27 PM
    WisecrackerI believe it was canceled, and the *new* Temesh Kabini with Jaguar cores is taking its place.That would be incorrect.Brazos I/II are TSMC bulk 40nm.


    To be fair, that doesn't really disprove falchard's post. If GF wasn't doing good enough, then moving to a half-node with TSMC would have been a reasonable compromise. I think that falchard is wrong about it too, but his/her explanation doesn't seem too unlikely if it is true.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , October 9, 2012 6:37 PM
    juancThey called it Z-60 because it's beaten by a Z80...

    I can't downrank you, even though you deserve it... :p 
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    axehand13 , October 9, 2012 7:03 PM
    Where is Piledriver at?
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    BulkZerker , October 9, 2012 8:12 PM
    axehand13Where is Piledriver at?


    In an aCtual review elsewhere on the site
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    dalethepcman , October 9, 2012 10:05 PM
    luciferanoBrazos beats Atom and most if not all ARM SoCs in performance per Hz on the CPU. If this is Brazos, then it is probably pretty decent. AMD's Hondo will probably be much better.


    You are correct in that mhz to mhz the AMD chips rule. I am in no way an atom supporter, I think they are an atrocity but the current generation of Atom chips (n2800) have more than twice the performance of the Z-60 in terms of CPU (2/2x 1ghz Vs. 2/4 x 1.86Ghz), and sadly not everything is optimized for GPU rendering.

    http://www.sonexpc.com/benchmark/netbook
    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Z-01-Notebook-Processor.54787.0.html

    Also I Lol at all the people voting my previous post down. Go buy a C-50/Z-01 product, and play back 1080p video on it. I still love my little tablet, but the CPU is just too weak at its stock clocks. Fortunately you can flash an unlocked bios and get the extra 20% CPU needed on the version I purchased, but this is not possible on all Brazos systems.

    Ignorance is bliss?
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