AMD issues revised roadmap

AMD has revised its CPU/APU roadmap, which was promptly leaked to, however, there are few changes to report. Nothing is slipping, Kaveri looks like it is being brought forward, but at least some things have been confirmed. 

The big Jaguar rollout is finally getting underway. Temash, or A-series Elite Mobility APUs as AMD puts it, is about to replace Z-series Hondo tablet parts, which haven’t been very successful, but Temash looks a lot more promising.

Kabini is gearing up to succeed C- and E-series Brazos 2.0 chips in the low-power essential notebook market, as well as E-series parts in Essential and SFF desktops. Kabini is expected to penetrate a bit deeper into the Mainstream notebook space, replacing low-end Trinity chips and squeezing out Richland based APUs.

Richland itself is about to enter the desktop space, but before it does it will show up in Performance and Mainstream notebooks. In standard flavour it will feature a 35W TDP, but last week AMD announced the first low voltage versions, with a 17-25W TDP envelope.

Although the numbers don’t show much of an improvement over last year’s Trinity ULV parts, AMD says it has tweaked the chips to deliver a lot more efficiency. They will also sport newer and faster graphics than Trinity. 

AMD will start introducing the first Kaveri A-series APUs toward the end of the year. Kaveri is the real new generation, with Steamroller CPU cores, CGN GPUs and HSA Application support. Kaveri will also use the new FM2+ socket. If AMD doesn’t face any delays, Richland might have a relatively short shelf life. 

There will be no changes in the desktop performance space, it’s Vishera and more Vishera. New SKUs are possible, but there will be no proper refresh, just incremental speed bumps. It comes as no surprise, as big-core server parts won’t be updated, either. However, AMD is introducing X-series microserver parts previously codenamed Kyoto.

They are based on the Jaguar core, which will be employed in embedded parts, X-series server chips, as well as the usual essential desktop, low-end notebook and hybrid/tablet flavours. Let’s not forget that Jaguar is also the basis for custom chips used in consoles.