AMD Brings Brazos / Deccan Ultramobile Platforms To CES 2011

Posted: Dec 30 2010, 4:30pm CST | by , in CES


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AMD Brings Brazos / Deccan Ultramobile Platforms to CES 2011

They'll still be late to the dual-core tablet race.

To me, the word "Brazos" calls up images of a mighty, mud-thick river rushing through the Texas boonies. Week-long canoe trips, hunting rattlesnakes for fajitas, accidentally flipping the boat and sending four days of supplies into the water...good times. But during CES 2011, Brazos will take on an entirely different meaning. It's a new mobile platform, brought to you by AMD.

The Brazos is a combination of the Ontario APU and the Hudson chipset. That APU has a Direct X 11 compliant GPU and has a total power draw of 9W. Compare that to the current low-power Zacate platform (roughly equal to an Intel CULV) which pulls 18W. Power efficiency for mobile devices is definitely an AMD priority in 2011.

Also making an appearance at CES 2011 will be the new Deccan platform. It looks to be focused as competition for the Tegra 2 and other 'ultraportable' chips, like Intel's Oak Trail. MSI is interested in using Deccan for a netbook, while Acer wants to stick it in a tablet. It won't hit in retail products until the end of 2011, though.

Which will still leave AMD behind Intel in the race for dual-core ultramobile devices. The Tegra 2 processor will show up in almost every next-gen iPad competitor. Meanwhile, we'll be lucky to see a solid selection of AMD-packing tablets before the end of 2011. Odds are good that they won't hit in force until 2012.

So, for now, AMD appears to be stalling on the road to the future. We'll see if anything they bring to CES 2011 can change that assessment.

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