AMD announces the availability of its 7th Generation AMD A-Series laptop APUs, this includes the higher-end Bristol Ridge and the lower-end Stoney Ridge processors. Bristol Ridge is very similar to Carrizo but promises about 20 percent more CPU performance, 37 percent better graphics performance and DDR4 support. The chip is still based on the 28nm process and the same Excavator cores, but AMD claims it cooperated with GlobalFoundries to get a lot more out of the Excavator cores. Stoney Ridge uses the same architecture but is limited to a maximum TDP of 15W.
Notebooks powered by 7th Generation AMD A-Series Processors allow users to work faster and play longer, as up to four cores deliver powerful performance and superior energy efficiency for all day battery life. Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the full line of 7th Gen AMD A-Series processors feature mobile-optimized “Excavator” x86 CPU cores for high-speed computing plus built-in Radeon™ graphics – with some models offering up to Radeon™ R7 graphics -- for smooth eSports gaming and enhanced HD streaming capabilities. The “Bristol Ridge” lineup consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while “Stoney Ridge” processors include 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 configurations.
AMD delivers graphics and compute superiority versus the competition, with up to 53% higher graphics performance and up to 51% higher compute performance when the 7th Generation AMD FX processor is compared to the Intel Core i7.
“Stoney Ridge” APUs deliver up to 50% faster CPU core performance over the previous generation “Carrizo” APUs.
The new AMD A9 APU, designed to bring the “wow” to entry-level systems, provides up to 27% faster graphics performance than the Intel Pentium-4405U8 and even rivals the Intel i3-6100U with competitive graphics and system performance, with a rated 1.2 GHz faster CPU speed.