Earlier this week, we learned that AMD was shipping finished Llano APU products to its OEM partners. They're not moving out in retail boxed form yet, as OEMs get the first crack to make machines around them.
"When we say we are shipping production units of any part for the first time, the next question I inevitably get asked is how does AMD define 'production'?" wrote Phil Hughes, Senior PR Manager at AMD. "When we talk about production here at AMD, it refers to the units that will ultimately be in the systems that our OEM partners will ship to retailers or end-customers."
Hughes added that customers should expect to see product within the next few months.
These quad-core parts are AMD's answer to the more performance-oriented desktop crowd, and it seems that at least one person out there managed to get their hands on an engineering sample.
The pictures you see here were found on a Chinese site. For those who were wondering what kind of socket that Llano would use, it appears that it'll be FM1.
What happened to the AM3/3+ standard sockets?
Apparently it's an engineering sample, and generally those are void of the real clock speeds and TDP of the real production chips that the consumer market sees.
I also thought llano was going in laptops, if it is then a quad core cpu with a intergrated gpu / FPU (whatever it is lold) at 2.4Ghz sounds like it is for the performance oriented croud.
2.4ghz at 0.394v is quite an achievement though, especially for laptops. I'm sure my PhenomII x4 B55 needs somewhere around 1.3v-1.6v for that speed and will probably be slower clock for clock.
I don't think the new APUs will really take the performance gap unless they can be highly overclocked like Sandy Bridge.
Looks to me like they will be for desktops too, so who's retarded now?