While ARM-based processors dominate the tablet market today, Microsoft’s Windows 8 provides x86-based CPUs a fresh shot at the market. Intel was the first one to adapt to the growing market but Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) shows no sign of backing down in the competition it is well-acquainted with. Consequently, the company recently announced its latest innovation in the form Z-60 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), codenamed “Hondo.”
AMD Z-60 Hondo is a dual-core processor clocked at 1.0GHz with integrated Radeon HD 6250 GPU specifically designed and built for tablets and hybrids that run Windows 8 operating system. It is expected to be circulated globally this year in conjunction with the availability of Microsoft’s latest OS.
Basically, Z-60 comes with a minor upgrade from Z-01. It is more focused on providing high-quality display, interactivity and compatibility needed to support any x86-based tablet PCs. Moreover, Z-60 is AMD’s lowest power APU; meaning, it can do what is expected of it but plays a big role in economizing power consumption.
“Tablet users seeking an uncompromised experience for both creating and consuming content on the Microsoft Windows 8 platform now have a performance-driven, affordable option with the AMD Z-60 APU,” said Steve Belt, corporate vice president of Ultra-Low Power Products, AMD.
Manufacturers who might want to put this new APU into their products could enjoy the luxury of building thin tablets as Z-60 is considerably thinner than its counterparts. But for now, there are no manufacturers that shared their interests in using the chipset.
The radical shift in computer technology will be the reason why companies like AMD will try to run after the tablet market. Being one of the most successful chipset companies, AMD’s future looks brighter in the newer market it is trying to go after. When Windows 8 makes its global debut, we might start seeing devices running on AMD Z-60.