AMD to sell cut-down version of PS4 APU

Posted on Wednesday, Feb 27 2013 @ 14:04 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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The Inquirer heard AMD will release a cut-down version of the PlayStation 4's APU later this year. The chip will lack the technology that Sony put in, but will still be AMD's most powerful APU to date.
Taylor told The INQUIRER that the AMD branded APU chip will not have the same number of cores or the same computing capability as Sony's part.

He said, "Everything that Sony has shared in that single chip is AMD [intellectual property], but we have not built an APU quite like that for anyone else in the market. It is by far the most powerful APU we have built to date, it leverages [intellectual property] that you will find in our A-series APUs later this year, our new generation of APUs but none that will quite be to that level of sheer number of cores, sheer number of teraflops."

AMD is scheduled to launch its third generation APUs this year, but what is interesting is that the firm can effectively take part of a consumer chip and customise it for customers such as Sony.
AMD also shared with The Inq that it's looking for other "build to specification" customers for its APUs.
However Taylor said that AMD is now looking at building specific APUs for customers such as it has done with Sony. Taylor said, "We will look at doing build to specification versions of APU, and build to specification in this case was what you heard Sony articulate last week. Six months from now we might be talking about a different build to spec APU that might have some other interesting piece of third party IP in it and some other mix of AMD IP."

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