AMD is announcing the A-Series APU - codenamed "Llano" - targeting more mainstream PCs ranging from laptops to desktop PCs to all-in-one PCs!
The A-Series APU is a much higher-end APU than the E-Series and C-Series APUs. The A-Series APU is a combination of a quad-core processor (4 x86 CPU cores) and discrete DirectX-11-capable graphics (the E-Series and C-Series APUs did not include quad-core processors). Laptops with A-Series APUs will enjoy excellent HD graphics capability and over 10.5 hours of battery life.
"All A-Series APUs utilize what AMD calls their VISION Engine that combines hardware and software to provide the best experience possible for digital content such as videos and games. For video playback, AMD is introducing a new feature with the A-Series APUs called "Steady Video". This feature ensures that videos play steady and smooth and also enables 3D gaming and 3D Blu-ray playback. The A-Series APU supports a variety of connection standards including HDMI 1.4a, DisplayPort 1.1, and USB 3.0," revealed AMD.
With Internet Explorer 9, you get the benefits of hardware-accelerated HTML5 and Direct2D performance while browsing the web on a PC with an A-Series APU since is it has discrete level graphics capabilities built right in!
Also introduced with the AMD A-Series APU is a new feature called "AMD Steady Video6" designed to stabilize videos during playback -- making unsteady, jumpy content look steady and smooth. "AMD A-Series APU can also enables advanced capabilities like gestural interfaces, 3D gaming and 3D Blu-ray video entertainment -- features that'e now key to consumer PC experiences and expectations."
"Every PC built with an AMD A-Series APU delivers brilliant HD by offering discrete-class DirectX 11-capable graphics -- with models available at virtually every price point. Only AMD Fusion APUs offer true AMD Dual Graphics, with up to 75% graphics performance boost, when paired with an AMD Radeon discrete graphics card7. This faster, higher-quality, more vivid and lifelike delivery makes consumers feel fully present in their digital world, especially when gaming," AMD stated.