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AMD Prepping 'Mutated' Hardware for October 9

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AMD has posted a mysterious video as a teaser for an announcement to be made on October 9. Could it be Hondo?

A flashlight-equipped duo discovers in an engineering lab something "beyond explanation", something "mutated" and "cool". The video ends with what apparently is a secret notebook, but "not a laptop".

The product is not quite as mysterious as it may sound, as the hints match up closely with previous claims made by AMD about its Hondo APU. Hondo and the Hudson M2T FCH (Fusion Controller Hub) will become the Brazos-T platform that is AMD's x86 play to compete, together with Intel's Atom, against a wave of ARM rivals that will become available in Windows RT notebooks. Hondo's primary target in that market will be Nvidia's Tegra 3.

SemiAccurate posted supposed specifications of AMD's platform, which are to receive the commercial names of the Z-60 APU and the A55T FCH. The dual-core CPU will run at 1.0 GHz and integrate a Radeon HD6250 graphics chip at 276 MHz. 

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    echondo , October 5, 2012 10:31 PM
    rds1220Exactly what I was thinking. That would be more scary than whatever crap thjey're coing out with now.

    otacon72*Yawn* Hey AMD...come out with something that can challenge anything from Intel...that would be a miracle at this point.


    I think you guys want to look for something called Piledriver...
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    bobafert , October 5, 2012 9:58 PM
    Wow you have a 6450 in your tablet!?! That thing must be HUGE!
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    A Bad Day , October 5, 2012 10:59 PM
    DroKing6250? No way! Thats even worse than my weak 6450 *smacks head*


    If you even plan on gaming on the 6250, you have problems.

    There's a difference between budget builds and gaming builds.
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    bobafert , October 5, 2012 9:58 PM
    Wow you have a 6450 in your tablet!?! That thing must be HUGE!
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    dudewitbow , October 5, 2012 9:58 PM
    DroKing6250? No way! Thats even worse than my weak 6450 *smacks head*

    the cpu is designed for barebone pc's which are only like the size of a router.
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    memadmax , October 5, 2012 10:04 PM
    ROFL
    "I see dead people!"
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    echondo , October 5, 2012 10:31 PM
    rds1220Exactly what I was thinking. That would be more scary than whatever crap thjey're coing out with now.

    otacon72*Yawn* Hey AMD...come out with something that can challenge anything from Intel...that would be a miracle at this point.


    I think you guys want to look for something called Piledriver...
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    CaedenV , October 5, 2012 10:43 PM
    wow... that video was completely underwhelming. Hopefully the product is decent. Is this an intro for a CPU? GPU? Tablet? Ultrathin?
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    A Bad Day , October 5, 2012 10:59 PM
    DroKing6250? No way! Thats even worse than my weak 6450 *smacks head*


    If you even plan on gaming on the 6250, you have problems.

    There's a difference between budget builds and gaming builds.
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    nforce4max , October 5, 2012 11:07 PM
    A Bad DayIf you even plan on gaming on the 6250, you have problems.There's a difference between budget builds and gaming builds.


    Wouldn't be to bad if openGL support was good and had Win9x drivers then it could do some retro :) 
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    uglynerdman , October 5, 2012 11:22 PM
    well... im terrified
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    alextheblue , October 5, 2012 11:25 PM
    ThunderfoxWho would want a WinRT notebook? It's a new platform, so it's not going to be very useful until some software is developed for it. This is tolerable for tablets because they aren't expected to do serious work, but people are going to be expecting that anything that looks like a real computer can be used like one.
    This article is about Hondo. Hondo is meant for tablets and/or hybrids. It's like a Z-01 but even lower power, and since they're naming it Z-60, it *might* even have turbo like the C-60. So even if it WAS running WinRT, it wouldn't be a big deal. But it doesn't run WinRT, although it does compete with WinRT devices.

    WinRT is strictly for ARM at this juncture. We've established that Hondo is an AMD x86 chip, and thus will be running Windows 8 (x86). So it can run both the new RunTime apps, and legacy Windows software. Just about anything you can throw at a notebook with a C-50 will run fine here too.
    DroKing6250? No way! Thats even worse than my weak 6450 *smacks head*
    This chip is plenty fast for a tablet/hybrid, which is what it is meant for. The 6250 in this is better than what you will find in Atoms with a similar power consumption. Even on the CPU side it is quite tolerable. Run Win8 on a C-50 laptop and you'll be pleasantly surprised, as long as you've got recent drivers. I can see some nice tablets coming with this chip, and hopefully at near-WinRT prices.
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    alextheblue , October 5, 2012 11:30 PM
    nforce4maxWouldn't be to bad if openGL support was good and had Win9x drivers then it could do some retro
    It runs DOSbox if you really want oldschool games. Anyway a lot of retro games end up on Steam with some tweaks (hopefully the remastered Baldur's Gate will hit Steam or elsewhere soon) and they run fine on Vista/7/8 out of the box so they would run fine on this too.
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    dscudella , October 5, 2012 11:48 PM
    To me (let the flaming begin), it seems that AMD is more interested in the mobile side of the market. This new APU for tablets, Trinity A-10 & A-8 in laptops would crush Intel's HD graphics. Seems they're taking the fight to the mobile users.
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    gamoniac , October 5, 2012 11:53 PM
    spookiehaha oh no! the acting sucks, geuss they spent it all on R&D but yea a beter gpu would have been nice. . . .


    You know they act goofy in the video on purpose for us geeks and nerds, right? Or did it just totally go over your head?
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    acadia11 , October 5, 2012 11:59 PM
    dudewitbowthe cpu is designed for barebone pc's which are only like the size of a router.


    Wow, I didn't know they were designed for barebones pc, I would think if the competition is the Tegra 3, they are destined for mobile space, tablets and smart phones, and the occasional netbook. But let me know what PC, contains a Tegra 3.
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    falchard , October 6, 2012 12:25 AM
    I think the point to remember is that this thing is ridiculously low wattage compared to a desktop or laptop part. So its meant for a small form factor. In Small form factors the HD6250 is an impressive leap just like the 780G chipset was a couple years ago.
    Will this compete against a Core i5 or Core i7 tablet with an HD4000 graphics chip? No way. But it will give anything under $500 a run for its money.
    They really need to make a tablet based on the A10. Thats what I really want.
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    A Bad Day , October 6, 2012 12:43 AM
    hydac7The scariest thing of all is that AMD doesn't have a good competitor to the i 7 -- that's the real scary part, and the part where the bulldozer sucked more than a vacuum cleaner on steroids


    Not much AMD can do. They have to tighten their belt and lead some of their engineers to the exit doors. Intel can keep hiring more engineers and throw more money at the problem until their rivals can't keep up.

    If you had a modern tank, and I had a helicopter gunship, why should I attack you head-on at low altitude where you can put a hail of machine gun fire and an explosive shell through the windshield when I can fly over you and hammer you from far above?
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