AMD Announce New Socket FS1b and Quad Core / Dual Core “Kabini” APU's




8th March 2014
AMD have announced the launch of its latest CPU / APU platform, the AM1. The new system is designed to run the latest quad core and dual core “Kabini” APU's.

Motherboards
As would be expected, all major motherboard manufacturers will be supporting AMD's new line with ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, ECS, Gigabyte and MSI all ready to deliver a range of next generation desktop motherboards based on the new FS1b socket.

Athlon / Sempron
AMD will continue with their long standing Athlon and Sempron Processors and the latest breed will have Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture and AMD “Jaguar” CPU cores.

What to Expect
AMD wants this new line to be flexible and upgradeable, some of the key points will be.
  • Both Dual and Quad Core CPU Options
  • Athlon and Sempron
  • DirectX 11.2 support
  • Windows 8.1 support
  • USB 3.0 support
  • SATA 6GB/s support
  • microATX and miniITX motherboards
  • More Advanced Graphics
When to Expect
Although select regions will see the release at the beginning of April the official worldwide release will be April 9th 2014. Prices and a range of specs are not yet available.


AMD
AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) are a Processor Design and Manufacturing company, they are most well known for their ranges of Desktop PC Processors but also supply Mobile and Server Processors. The latter being primarily for cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD devices are used everywhere from the smallest PC to state of the art Super Computers. Their purchase of ATI in 2006 has led to AMD developing CPU's that not only do normal processing functions but also graphics processing functions within a single chip.


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