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Giuseppe Amato speaks about innovations on AMD's mobile platform in 2007 and 2008

Last week Giuseppe Amato discussed AMD's mobile roadmap for the next two years. Although the mobile platform roadmap in his presentation was identical to the one from the Fall 2006 AMD Analyst Day, he added some interesting details during the session.

Although Amato was very scarce with details about the 65nm versions of current Turion 64 X2 CPUs -- codenamed Hawk. "These [processors] will appear anytime soon to the market," Amato said.

AMD will reveal its K10 based CPU for mobile markets under the family code name Griffin in 2008. Griffin will be largely similiar to K10-derived chips for desktop and server use. Amato emphasizes Griffin will be a design specifically optimized for mobile use. 

In the past, AMD only optimized server and desktop CPUs for mobile use, Griffin will differ in some areas considerably. For example, a mobile CPU doesn't need the full FPU of the K10 architecture, Amato hypothesized. Additionally, Griffin's design allows the possibility to entirely remove power for the second core, leaving one core active.

Some time before Griffin is set to surface, AMD will introduce Hybrid Graphics. According to Amato, we should see this exciting combination of integrated and discrete graphics this fall. The basic concept of this technology is the system can run power-saving integrated graphics when using battery power. When the platform is connected to a wall outlet, a discrete graphics card immediately switches on, delivering higher performance. This switching will work without a restart and its behaviour should be user-configurable – at least to some degree.

Currently AMD delivers native HDMI output on the 690M chipset, mobile IGP chipsets of 2008 will feature DisplayPort. Amato explained DisplayPort can be used to connect to different kinds of displays (HDMI, DVI) using adapters.

Amato also hinted that in 2008, AMD IGP chipsets will receive R600-derived graphics cores featuring native DX10 and Universal Video Decoder (UVD) support. The UVD provides hardware-decoding of H.264 in a more advanced way when compared to current video acceleration technologies from both AMD, in the form of Avivo. While previous methods only accelerated parts of the decoding pipeline, UVD is dedicated logic for all steps so the CPU can more or less rest. Amato noted that when accompanied with an UVD, a Sempron CPU at 1GHz could decode 1080p video content without a hitch.



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Better Way ????
By End Of Times on 4/20/2007 4:19:43 PM , Rating: 2
What would be really good IMO is if it was possible that when you switch on mains power that the integrated graphics would remain on and work together with the GPU card for an added graphics boost.

It seems like a waste to me that integrated desktops and some laptops are not using the integrated graphics core when you plug in a dedicated graphics card.

Does anyone know of any systems that uses both integrated and GPU graphics card together at the same time?




RE: Better Way ????
By Brainonska511 on 4/20/2007 5:05:15 PM , Rating: 2
I remember there was an option with my MSI ATI XPress 200 board that would allow for the use of integrated graphics simultaneously with an ATI graphics card, but it would only allow for the use of 3 displays at the same time. I don't think the integrated graphics chip would have actually done anything to help the dedicated card.


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