AMD shows off Windows 8 tablet with upcoming Tamesh chip

Tablets with AMD's Tamesh chip will become available later this year

By Agam Shah
January 7, 2013 08:57 PM ET

IDG News Service - Advanced Micro Devices showed off a Windows 8 tablet running the company's upcoming tablet chip code-named Temash, which the company hopes will reverse a string of past failures and provide enough ammunition to compete with tablet chip leaders ARM and Intel.

The prototype tablet made by Wistron has a 10.6-inch screen and plays full 1080p high-definition video. AMD has mostly been repurposing netbook chips for tablets, and the tablet demonstration was intended to showcase the progress made by AMD in making chips exclusively for tablets.

The Temash chip will be targeted at high-performance tablets that can run full HD games and productivity applications, and also have features that will enable long battery life, said Lisa Su, senior vice president at AMD, during a company news conference on Monday at the International CES trade show held in Las Vegas.

Many tablets are mostly content consumption devices that don't provide the capability to run full applications, Su said. Temash will be able to run a full operating system like Windows 8, while drawing less than 5 watts of power and providing long battery life to tablets.

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