AMD AM1 Platform Aimed at Budget Computing Under $400

AMD is introducing the new AM1 platform. This platform is built to address a low-budget, sub $400 computer market segment.

The APUs that go into the AM1 systems are SoCs (System on a Chip), and the majority will come as an APU and motherboard combo. This is to be known as a "System in a Socket." On the motherboards themselves, users might read the socket name FS1b, but the Kabini APU, together with a motherboard with an FS1b socket, will be known as the AM1 platform.

The Kabini APUs carry most of the computing hardware, including up to four "Jaguar" CPU cores, the GCN cores, as well as the memory controller (which can address up to 16 GB of DDR3-1600 memory) and all the remaining chipset parts. They have support for up to two SATA3 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, eight USB 2.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, and VGA ports. These chips will be marketed under the Athlon and Sempron names.

Despite that the APUs will come in motherboards, the platform will still be upgradeable. The APUs can simply be removed and replaced with another, more powerful unit that fits in the same socket.

The APU+ motherboard AM1 combinations will have starting prices of about $60. As of this writing, the company has not yet announced specific models or configurations.

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
25 comments
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
    Top Comments
  • icemunk
    AMD is just sitting on the high-end market, keeping a slight pace with Intel; Intel has also stalled the highend market as well, with only 5-10% gains lately. Everyone is focusing on small-form factor, and low power consumption these days unfortuntely. I'd love to see Intel drop a huge increase onto the enthusist market, they certainly good, but they're just sticking to modest increases instead.
    10
  • Other Comments
  • pcgaming98
    I'll probably get banned / warned for this but...AMD!? SERIOUSLY!? WHERE ARE YOUR ENTHUSIAST CPUs!? GET BACK IN THE GAME FFS!!!!Just angry that my beloved AMD is actually going down....
    -1
  • Kamen_BG
    Quote:
    I'll probably get banned / warned for this but...AMD!? SERIOUSLY!? WHERE ARE YOUR ENTHUSIAST CPUs!? GET BACK IN THE GAME FFS!!!!Just angry that my beloved AMD is actually going down....
    Nope, you won't be banned.AMD however, abandoned the high-end CPU market as they see they can not compete.Their Streamroller archetecture, while faster than Piledriver, is still SLOWER than the old Phenom II's at the same clock speed.
    -1
  • icemunk
    AMD is just sitting on the high-end market, keeping a slight pace with Intel; Intel has also stalled the highend market as well, with only 5-10% gains lately. Everyone is focusing on small-form factor, and low power consumption these days unfortuntely. I'd love to see Intel drop a huge increase onto the enthusist market, they certainly good, but they're just sticking to modest increases instead.
    10