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AMD Reveals Its Reference Tablet Designs

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.

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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  • DjEaZy
    ... it deserves something better than Win8...
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  • hannibal
    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
    DjEaZy... it deserves something better than Win8...
    Like what? Surely the quad core and Radeon 7000 GPU deserve better software than Android apps.
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  • alidan
    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
    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
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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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