Infographic: The APU Evolution

Nyhet   •   Feb 21, 2014 16:10 CET

From the launch in 2011 the APU's, or Accelerated Processing Units, have changed the market by providing a one-of-a-kind ability to deliver world-class, discrete-level graphics technology and responsive processing power on a single chip.

To provide a graphic overview of the APU evolution AMD have updated their APU infographic to include the latest developments in the market. The infographic can be downloaded from Mynewsdesk here.

The recently launched 2014 AMD A-Series APUs, codenamed “Kaveri”, is the most advanced and developer friendly performance APUs from AMD to date – with AMD Radeon™ R7 graphics. The new series are designed with industry-changing new and improved features that deliver superior compute and heart-pounding gaming performance, including:

·  Up to 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU and 8 GPU) unlocking full APU potential [i]

·  HSA features (Heterogeneous System Architecture), a new intelligent computing architecture that enables the CPU and GPU to work in harmony by seamlessly streamlining right tasks to the most suitable processing element, resulting in performance and efficiency for both consumers and developers

·  Award-winning Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture with powerful AMD Radeon™ R7 Series graphics for performance that commands respect and with support for DirectX 11.2[ii]

·  AMD’s acclaimed Mantle, an API that simplifies game optimizations for programmers and developers to raise gaming performance to unprecedented levels when unlocked[iii]

·  AMD TrueAudio Technology, 32-channel surround audio delivering the best in audio realism and immersion[iv]

·  Support for UltraHD (4K) resolutions and new video post processing enhancements that will make 1080p videos look even better when upscaled on UltraHD-enabled monitor or TV[v]

·  FM2+ socket compatibility for a unifying infrastructure that works with APUs and CPUs.

More information of AMD APU's can be found on our website here



[i] AMD defines a “Radeon Core” as one Shader/Shader Array. The term “GPU Core” is an evolution of the term “Radeon Core”. “GPU Core” is defined as having 4 SIMDS each comprising of 64 Shaders/Shader Arrays. For example, 512 “Radeon Cores” equals 8 “GPU Cores“ (8 GPU Cores x 4 SIMDs x 16 Shader Arrays = 512 Radeon Cores). Visit for more information.

[ii] The GCN Architecture and its associated features (AMD Enduro™, AMD ZeroCore Power technology, DDM Audio, and 28nm production) are exclusive to the AMD Radeon™ HD 7700M, HD 7800M and HD 7900M Series Graphics and select AMD A-Series APUs. Not all technologies are supported in all system configurations—check with your system manufacturer for specific model capabilities.

[iii] Mantle application support is required.

[iv] AMD TrueAudio technology is offered by select AMD Radeon™ R9 and R7 200 Series GPUs and select AMD A-Series APUs and is designed to improve acoustic realism.  Requires enabled game or application.  Not all audio equipment supports all audio effects; additional audio equipment may be required for some audio effects. Not all products feature all technologies—check with your component or system manufacturer for specific capabilities.

[v] Requires 4K display and content. Supported resolution varies by GPU model and board design; confirm specifications with manufacturer before purchase.

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