AMD outs new mobile graphics processors, TV panel processors

The first building block of AMD’s upcoming Puma mobile platform has launched, AMD announced today. That building block is the Mobility Radeon HD 3000 series of graphics processors, which bring many of the same goodies as desktop Radeon HD 3800 products to notebook computers.

The new Mobility Radeon HD 3600 and Mobility Radeon HD 3400 GPUs feature support for DirectX 10.1 graphics, PCI Express 2.0 connectivity, and Avivo HD video acceleration. The 3600 has 120 stream processors and a 128-bit memory interface with GDDR4 memory support, while the 3400 is limited to 40 stream processors and a 64-bit memory interface compatible with only DDR2 and GDDR3 memory. Both mobile GPUs have built-in support for DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort digital display outputs. AMD also boasts that the Mobility Radeon 3000 series delivers high power efficiency, thanks in part to GPUs based on the same 55nm process technology as the desktop-bound RV670.

A Mobility Radeon 3600 graphics module. Source: AMD.

Mobility Radeon HD 3000 graphics processors are purportedly already shipping as part of new Asus M50 and F8 notebooks, and AMD says it expects more notebooks with the new GPUs to appear throughout the first half of this year. In the second quarter, AMD intends to follow up with the remaining parts of its Puma platform, including new Turion Ultra processors and an RS780 chipset.

Together with thse new mobile graphics offerings, AMD has also announced a new batch of Xilleon panel processors for high-definition TVs and TV panels. The Xilleon 410, 411, 420 and 421 panel processors are designed to improve visual quality and provide smoother motion on 120Hz panels:

AMD Xilleon panel processors offer motion compensation and frame rate conversion based on AMD’s enhanced phase-plane correlation technology, supporting high-quality visual processing for 100Hz/120Hz LCD TVs up to full HD resolution. The key is the processor’s ability to identify incoming 24Hz/60Hz film and video signals and convert them to 120Hz by determining motion between picture frames and intelligently creating additional content frames to represent that ‘in-between’ motion with exceptional clarity. To provide greater flexibility for manufacturers to customize their TVs, these AMD panel processors offer a high degree of programmability and can be integrated into the LCD panel subsystem or TV motherboard.

AMD says its new Xilleons have already been selected by Samsung to complement its 120Hz Motion Compensated Frame Interpolation (McFi) product. Mitsubishi presently uses McFi and Xilleon in its MZW series LCD TVs in Japan, and additional implementations are due from other major TV manufacturers in the early part of the year.

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