AMD plans launch of Kaveri for December

The dark satanic rumour mill has manufactured a hell on earth yarn that AMD is planning a launch for its Kaveri desktop APUs)in December.

According to Bit-Tech, the launch will take place ahead of channel availability of at least three models by February 2013.

It is all part of AMD’s heterogeneous systems architecture (HSA) platform, which will include unified CPU and GPU address spaces for improved cooperation.

AMD claims that Kaveri will bring significant improvements over current-generation APUs.

The GPU is based on the Steamroller microarchitecture, and will include cores based on the Graphics Core Next architecture.  Some selected models will be Siamese twinned to an ARM Cortex-A5 core, which will form a security sub-system.

It had been believed that Kaveri would launch before the year is out, but other rumours said that AMD had pushed it back to early 2014.  With a paper launch in December, and going to the channel in February, this explains both rumours.

A roadmap seen by VR-Zone claims that AMD is planning to announce three stock-keeping units (SKUs) at an event in early December.

These will be two flagship A10 chips, and a cost-reduced A8.  The A8 will be built from dies which were not good enough for A10 use.

Engineering samples for all three SKUs have already been completed, with production-ready samples scheduled for December.

Channel availability of the new APUs will begin in February 2014 to be followed by retail availability later in the year.