AMD to launch Bristol Ridge APUs at Computex

Posted on Tuesday, Apr 05 2016 @ 13:31 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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AMD just send out word that it will formally announce is 7th generation "Bristol Ridge" A-series APUs at Computex 2016. The event is still roughly 2 months away from us so this is basically just one big tease. Not a lot of details were revealed by AMD but previous leaks claim Bristol Ridge is a 28nm shrink of Carrizo, it uses the new Socket AM4, features the same or enhanced Excavator cores as Carrizo and comes with DDR4 memory support. The new APUs may also feature improved integrated graphics but for the real revolution you'll have to wait a bit longer until the Zen architecture arrives.
AMD (NASDAQ: AMD) today announced early availability of its new mobile 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors, timed to support an exciting new notebook design by HP Inc. Equipped with advanced video, graphics, performance, and security features designed to boost productivity and enhance the entertainment experience, 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors (codenamed "Bristol Ridge") also provide outstanding energy efficiency. New OEM PC designs powered by mobile 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors – from ultrathin notebooks and convertibles to sleek All-in-Ones – will come to market first with HP in the new HP ENVY x360, and with other OEM announcements expected later in the year. AMD will officially introduce 7th Gen A-Series APUs and showcase a wide range of OEM designs at Computex 2016, May 31-June 4, 2016, in Taipei, Taiwan.

"We know that consumers want more for their money than ever before – sharper graphics, faster performance, and longer battery life. We have focused on working with key OEM partners to develop outstanding computing platforms that will fully take advantage of the powerful 7th Generation AMD APUs," said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD. "I'm excited that consumers will start to see some of these fantastic systems come to market so soon. I'm very proud of the exceptional AMD engineering execution that enabled us to accelerate these exciting new products into the market for our customers and end users."

"It is exciting for HP to be first in bringing 7th Generation AMD A-Series APU technology to market, especially in such a compelling new notebook design," said Kevin Frost, vice president and general manager, Consumer Personal Systems, HP Inc.. "We think the HP ENVY x360 will resonate with consumers who are looking for the entertainment- and productivity-enhancing capabilities of the ENVY x360 design, which really showcases AMD computing and graphics prowess."

Now shipping in volume to OEM customers are both quad- and dual-core 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors, featuring mobile-optimized "Excavator" x86 CPU cores for high-speed computing, and Radeon™ R7 or R5 graphics for smooth online gaming and enhanced HD streaming capabilities. The 7th Generation AMD A-Series FX™ part shows up to 50% improvement in compute performance over the FX part released just two years ago.

The 7th Gen AMD A-Series APUs will allow users to enjoy the latest multimedia experiences in up to Ultra HD 4K video resolution, and AMD FreeSync™ Technology support for fluid, artifact-free online gaming performance in capable notebook and All-in-One configurations.
HP says the Envy x360 laptop starts shipping on May 29th. AMD also distributed some marketing slides with benchmark results, Hardware Canucks listed them over here.

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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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