Customers get 100 MHz more, unlocked clocks, for same price as June counterparts

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) has had a mixture of bad news and good news of late.  On the plus side it finally managed to get its Sandy Bridge competitorBulldozer, out the door (though it wasn't the performance monster most were hoping for).  On the other hand, it scrapped its ultra-low voltage tablet/netbook Deccan platform.  It also downgraded its plans for 2012 on the desktop side.

But despite its struggles, AMD has one product that is selling particularly well -- Fusion.  Fusion "advanced processing unit" (APU) chips consist of a CPU and GPU, integrated onto a single die.  By and large AMD's APUs tend to offer inferior CPU performance to Intel Corp.'s (INTCSandy Bridge CPU+GPU combo, but equal or better GPU performance.  Given Sandy Bridge's higher price point, the Fusion chips have been hot ticket items, making their way into scores of low priced laptops and budget desktops.

AMD just announced the latest addition to its Fusion family, two new A-Series chips (in the Llano family).

The chips' specs are:

Price: $115 USD/unit @ orders of 1,000 units
CPU Clock: 2.7 GHz (unlocked)
CPU Cache: 4x 1 MB L2
GPU Clock: 600 MHz
GPU Cores: 320
Power: 100 W TDP

Price: $135 USD/unit @ orders of 1,000 units
CPU Clock: 3.0 GHz (unlocked)
CPU Cache: 4x 1 MB L2
GPU Clock: 600 MHz
GPU Cores: 400
Power: 100 W TDP

AMD Fusion CPU
An A-Series CPU by AMD [Image Source: SlashGear]

The new A[6,8]-3[6,8]70K chips are identical in price to their A[6,8]-3[6,8]50 counterparts, which were introduced at the end of June.  However, AMD bumps the CPU clock 100 MHz (and the GPU clock in the A6 part's case) and unlocks the chip for easier overclocking.

AMD boasts that it's sold over 12 million Fusion CPUs to date.

Source: AMD

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