AMD working on ARM chip for consumer tablets?

Posted on Wednesday, October 02 2013 @ 13:01 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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A rumor has hit the web that AMD may be working on a tablet chip that uses either ARM Cortex-A57 or A53 cores (or both) bundled with GCN graphics. FUD Zilla thinks this is highly unlikely though due to the high level of competition in this market:
Hierofalcon is designed with networking and communications in mind, hence it features integrated 10Gb network support. Now there is talk of a consumer chip that should target the tablet market. SweClockers reports AMD will indeed introduce a tablet chip, wither with Cortex A57 or Cortex A53 cores (or both). The chip is also said to feature GCN graphics.

Although SweClockers is a reputable site with a pretty good track record, we’re not sure about this.

Right off the bat one would assume that the consumer chip is a Hierofalcon derivative, but that isn’t the case. Hierofalcon is designed with an entirely different market in mind, it has a few bits that consumer chips don’t need and its TDP is 15W to 30W. AMD’s Seattle parts will come with 8 to 16 ARM cores, they are not consumerish by any means.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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