As I said look at the 22nm processors specs . they gone offer 60% increase on the iGPU performance, 37% more performance on the CPU and with 50% less power draw. Intel already leaves AMD in the dust, the new 22nm and next 14nm will just seal the faith of AMD. They will even have a new quad core Atom with a good iGPU and only draw 10 watts
AMD don't even own foundry anymore, Intel have their own foundry and they are few step behind AMD on it. Now that Intel eclipses AMD in the High End CPU, they will target AMD APU processors. They have more resources, so itís only a matter of time.
Don't get me wrong, I love AMD, I use only AMD in my VM Host servers, I even have a FX-8150 in one of my workstation, but I'm not blind; I see Intel get over them more and more.
Even then, AMD's new APU line will be, I believe, at the 32nm level, or I think 22nm. And the next series will be at 14nm. If I were to manufacture a decent midlevel tablet running Windows, I would choose AMD over Intel because they're least expensive. Intel has always been the leading edge of processor technology, but not everyone appreciates that. AMD comes in and they offer fairly decent processors for budget builds that satisfy the needs of a user and then some. Intel is sometimes overkill.
AMD's working on improving their APUs. Recent info on them reports 30 percent improvement overall compared to the previous Llano series. They will have the Radeon 7000 graphics chips built on them. I've seen some of the performance on their laptop Trinity series APUs, and it looks rather promising.
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For the record, I'm speaking about the UPCOMING AMD Trinity APU series, not the current lineup of Llano.
Me Iím living today, today the Intel 22nm are here, Intel just wait to launch them that Dell, Lenovo and co. lower their OLD CPU inventory. We know well that AMD promises have no value at all, look what happen to Bulldozer, an Epic Fail. Do you really thing Intel will stop there. When AMD is trying to produce 28 nm chips, Intel have already 22nm and prepare the 14nm, this is more than a step behind. Aside you will not see a Dell tablet with an AMD and Dell will have a big share of the Wintel tablet. We have to not forget Nvidia, they are in the game too.
Yes we can buy a $599 notebook but does it have a touchscreen for that price? Hmmm. I think we should not be surprised if the industry thinks tablets should be more expensive than notebooks because they have touchscreen and are slimmer. Not happy about it but I will not be surprised.
Granted, the Bulldozer series and mobile Llano chips were let downs, but that's the start for AMD. If they're smart, they'll rebound. And again, tighter manufacturing results in higher chip prices, as we all know comes with Intel.
BUT ON THE OTHER HAND, AMD doesn't come at a huge expense to the normal user. Some people don't need overkill processors, they need what they need and that doesn't always mean Intel, many could easily settle for AMD; and if AMD is smart, they'll hit that hard.
Take for example, a current Windows 7 slate. The cheapest I've seen is 500 dollars, and it's a dual core AMD processor at 1.1GHz. The higher than that is generally running an Intel chip that can get to over 1,000 dollars easy. Which would the common user interested in Windows slates choose?
I think you are right Coke. The slate market is extremely price sensitive. Normal people are not willing to pay fortunes for those toys.
That may be different for commercial customers. But even here, if you think of the hordes of sales people who often have to buy their tools themselves, it makes sense to have low cost offerings for simple tasks.