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In its client roadmap AMD revealed Hondo, a 4.5W APU with 1 - 2 low voltage Bobcat cores and an on-die DX11 GPU built on a 40nm process. Hondo will fit into Windows 8 tablets starting later this year. Going forward, AMD wants to get into the sub-2W market although we don't have a codename to associate with that power target. Mobile is very important to AMD going forward both in tablets and ultra thin notebooks and it looks like AMD is planning on building the architectures it needs to be successful there.

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  • Visual - Friday, February 03, 2012 - link

    Why are they trying to cripple tablets more than they have to?

    My HP tm2 uses a 10W TDP CULV, and I don't believe that figure includes the chipset. It easily lasts me a whole day, or a few hours when playing games with the switchable GPU.
    While I would appreciate a lighter alternative than its 2kg, I think designing it as a tablet instead of convertible would save enough weight and further compromises with performance should not be necessery. Going as low as 2W seems pointless to me, it enters the realm of useless 7-inch toys that can not get anything done anyway.

    Well, I'm not saying AMD should not develop this, for the sheeple that want a tablet just for the sake of having it without doing anything on it anyway. But I would also appreciate if they got a more powerful tablet out for me. Maybe Trinity?
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  • frozentundra123456 - Friday, February 03, 2012 - link

    I just bought a tablet, and it is great for checking e-mail but that is about all I can use it for. But I got an Acer A100 open box for 200.00 and am very happy with it for the price. When you get up into the 500.00 range though, I am not sure they are worth it.

    I do like some aspects of the touch interface, somewhat to my surprise. Maybe if win8 can get a touch interface that will take place of the mouse and still have a keyboard and real windows apps it will be the best of both worlds. No matter how nice an ultralight laptop is, it kind of defeats the purpose if you have to carry around a mouse, and I have yet found a touchpad that I like to use.
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  • KoolAidMan1 - Sunday, February 05, 2012 - link

    Apps targeted for the device is the most important thing. "Real" Windows apps mean nothing currently in tablets since they are designed for a mouse and keyboard, unlike productivity apps made for iOS which are made specifically for a 10" touchscreen. Reply
  • Visual - Monday, February 06, 2012 - link

    Spoken like a true never-used-a-tablet person.
    An active digitizer really lets you use 99% of windows apps as if you had a mouse. The only ones that do not work well are ones that use mouse for panning, i.e. where it keeps the mouse cursor in place and moves the viewpoint or something else. They sometimes kinda freak out when the "mouse cursor" (stylus) still manages to move despide their code to keep it locked.
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  • MadMinstrel - Monday, February 06, 2012 - link

    Interesting. While I've never had a Windows Tablet PC, I have used a Wacom tablet for years and I've never come across this situation. Reply
  • RU482 - Sunday, February 05, 2012 - link

    Are the 4.5W and sub-2W x86 parts? or ARM? Reply

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