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AMD Announces New Elite Quad-Core A4-1350 APU

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AMD is expanding its Elite Mobility line of APUs.

Amidst all the IDF news, AMD is announcing a little something of its own. The company today revealed a new addition for its 2013 Elite Mobility line of processors. Aimed at small screen touch notebooks, tablets, and hybrids, the quad-core A4-1350 is the second quad-core APU in AMD's Elite Mobility line and carries estimated power draw of 3 watts.

AMD's Elite Mobility series combines its "Jaguar" x86 CPU cores with AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series graphics. The A4-1350 packs AMD's A4-1350, Radeon HD 8210, an 8W TDP, 1GHz CPU clock, a 300MHz GPU clock, 128 Radeon cores, 4MB of L2 cache, and max DDR3 1066.

"Following the tremendous reception from customers to the launch of our 2013 Elite Mobility APUs, we are excited to strengthen our portfolio with the addition of the A4-1350," said Bernd Lienhard, corporate vice president, AMD Client Business Unit. "With quad-core performance, AMD Radeon HD graphics and long battery life, the A4-1350 is an ideal solution for new form factors like hybrid and convertible PCs."

The A4-1350 is shipping in October for devices measuring 13 inches and under.

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    Bill Reinhardt , September 11, 2013 12:52 PM
    I'm not sure how I feel about these specs, but I am sure it will deliver.
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    zzz_b , September 11, 2013 1:00 PM
    "A4-1350 packs AMD's A4-1350..." really??? I though it hasn an A7 chip inside :o 
    Also, firts paragraph has 3W and second paragraph 8W.
    Do you proof read your articles?
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    Anonymous , September 11, 2013 1:06 PM
    Looks to be comparable to a 5450, very impressive when you think about it. I'd be happy with a cheap tablet with this installed. Especially with Windows.
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    Dan Ritchie , September 11, 2013 1:26 PM
    How is it different from the a6 1250, which seems to have the same specs?
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    Dan Ritchie , September 11, 2013 1:30 PM
    Sorry, I meant the a6 1450.
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    silverblue , September 11, 2013 1:55 PM
    Quote:
    "A4-1350 packs AMD's A4-1350..." really??? I though it hasn an A7 chip inside :o 
    Also, firts paragraph has 3W and second paragraph 8W.
    Do you proof read your articles?


    3W estimated (i.e. like Intel's Scenario Design Power), 8W Thermal Design Power.
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    captaincharisma , September 11, 2013 1:55 PM
    oh boy i can see the advertising for this now. "get the power of the playstation 4/xbox one in your pc now"
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    silverblue , September 11, 2013 2:27 PM
    Adverts? AMD? Surely some mistake? :p 

    I imagine that the bandwidth offered inside the two consoles will let those Jaguar cores stretch their legs and outpace any PC variant of Kabini (with the possible exception of the A6-5200's in lightly threaded tasks). So, it'd be mismarketing anyway.
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    sykozis , September 11, 2013 3:37 PM
    Quote:
    "A4-1350 packs AMD's A4-1350..." really??? I though it hasn an A7 chip inside :o 
    Also, firts paragraph has 3W and second paragraph 8W.
    Do you proof read your articles?


    TDP and Power Draw aren't exactly the same thing. TDP is for cooling purposes. Basically, the cooler used on the A4-1350 has to be able to dissipate 8W of heat.
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    smeezekitty , September 11, 2013 5:22 PM
    Those TDP numbers a quite impressive especially for AMD
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    alextheblue , September 11, 2013 6:57 PM
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    How is it different from the a6 1250, which seems to have the same specs?


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    Sorry, I meant the a6 1450.


    The A6-1450 has turbo (on CPU and GPU clocks). The A4-1350 does not. However, the A4-1350 does have twice the L2 cache. The A4-1350 is meant to fill the gap between the turbo-capable A6-1450 and the dual-core A4-1250.

    Bottom line the A4-1350 gives tablet makers more optiions (in terms of cost). I'd take a budget Jaguar-powered tablet. To me the more interesting chip is the A4-1200 because of the lower power consumption and TDP. It's only dual core and still clocked at 1Ghz, but due to IPC improvements it will still outpace the older Z-60 while eating a bit less power.
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    teh_chem , September 11, 2013 8:25 PM
    Stop these announcements of the low-power chips and show us benchmarked/reviewed products already. I'm very curious how these will go up against the bay trail atom line.
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    tomfreak , September 12, 2013 1:55 AM
    seriously AMD, these APU are great but the performance problem on these APU isnt the quad core itself, but the single threaded performance of the CPU. A faster single core or dual would be much better than quad core. This is from me a E350 zacate user.
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    getochkn , September 12, 2013 8:47 AM
    DDR3 1066 or 1866?
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    alextheblue , September 12, 2013 9:55 PM
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    seriously AMD, these APU are great but the performance problem on these APU isnt the quad core itself, but the single threaded performance of the CPU. A faster single core or dual would be much better than quad core. This is from me a E350 zacate user.

    Your E-350 uses Bobcat cores. These new APUs all use Jaguar cores. Jag cores provide roughly 15% higher IPC (sometimes more). Meaning, at the SAME clock speeds, it's 15% faster in single threaded applications. On top of this, they're more power efficient, and there are quad core models. The upper models even support DDR3 1600 now, which is pretty good for such a small, lightweight chip.

    Single core performance is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the real world. Some reviews take perfectly good multithreaded software and run it on a single core to say "See! Look at this thing that would never actually happen in real usage of this software, but somehow is important still!". Just about anything that actually NEEDS more power at least sees moderate threading. Anything less demanding... well it already runs fine. There are a few exceptions to this, of course.

    So final performance vs an equivalent Bobcat is often significantly better. For example, an A4-5000 has slightly better per-core performance (despite the slight clockspeed disadvantage), twice as many cores (and L2 cache), and faster memory support.

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    DDR3 1066 or 1866?

    1066. This is a very low power model targeted at tablets. Higher speed memory would increase power requirements. Both the memory controller and the memory itself would chew up more power. That's why only they only offer the DDR3 1600 capability on (most of) the 15W+ models for larger devices.

    Strangely enough, the A4-1250 does support 1333. Pretty good for this power range, although that's only a two core model.

    Edit: I saw a 15" laptop on Newegg with an A4-5000 on sale for $330. That's not bad. Not very long ago, a similar E-350 laptop cost that much.
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    GreaseMonkey_62 , September 13, 2013 5:04 AM
    Does this mean we're finally going to start seeing more AMD based tablets?
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    rolandzhang3 , October 25, 2013 3:07 AM
    Put this in a tiny pc and you got yourself a neat little package :D