Brazos platform could power Acer tablet

On the mobile roadmap AMD showed last month, we noticed that the Brazos bubble was poking out slightly into tablet territory, with that platform’s successor seemingly primed to make further headway in the tablet space. Now, DigiTimes has provided unofficial confirmation that at least one Brazos-based slate is on the way.

Quoting "sources from PC players," DigiTimes says MSI has already placed orders for Brazos hardware to put in an upcoming netbook, while Acer has done the same "for its tablet PC." That’s about all the detail the site goes into, unfortunately. Nevertheless, a tablet design win from Acer would be big news. Acer is, after all, the world’s second-biggest PC vendor in terms of shipments, according to Gartner.

I don’t think I’m the only one expecting Acer to use Ontario, the 9W member of the Brazos APU family, for this mystery tablet. Zacate has an 18W TDP, which would make it difficult to squeeze into a lean slate with long battery life. Then again, even Ontario’s 9W TDP might be a tad high for a tablet chip. Remember that the latest Atom netbook platform features a 5.5W processor with built-in graphics capabilities and a 1.5W chipset, and that Intel provides lower-power variants of the Atom. To AMD’s credit, though, nothing in the Atom lineup has the same graphical horsepower as Ontario.

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    • Trymor
    • 9 years ago

    I call last post! – l[<16 comments — Last by Trymor at 7:16 PM on 12/30/10<]l

      • BlackStar
      • 9 years ago

      Sad.

    • sweatshopking
    • 9 years ago

    you’re talking about a 2 watt difference, and miles better performance. i’d take brazos any day over atom. Then again, I’d take herpes over atom.

      • Meadows
      • 9 years ago

      Lol at last sentence.

      • dpaus
      • 9 years ago

      Herpes from Adam? I thought you already did that…

      • OneArmedScissor
      • 9 years ago

      I think it’s a little more than that, as the new Bobcat southbridge, however dumbed down, will contribute something, but the layout is basically identical to what can be done with Atom in a tablet and we already know it works.

      The HP tablet’s Atom is actually faster than the normal netbook version, running 1.86 GHz, and yet, it has a 2.4w TDP. There’s even a 2.13 GHz version that’s just 2.5w.

      The design of the platform itself probably has a lot more to do with that than what exactly the chip is. It’s just like with equal laptop vs. desktop setups. The laptop always “magically” uses far less power. There’s just less stuff in there and it’s wired up completely differently.

      • UberGerbil
      • 9 years ago

      No, we’re talking about a 28% difference — probably more, since as OAS notes there’s also a southbridge for Ontario to be accounted for. And that can make a significant difference on battery life, depending on how power-hungry the rest of the system happens to be. So, yes, it’s just 2W. But as your devices get into lower and lower power regimes, even one watt starts to matter a great deal.

      And it’s unclear how much that “miles better” performance actually matters. What will the consumers of these devices actually be doing with them that needs it?

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        HD internets and movies? That seemed like a given for something that is an obvious replacement for portable DVD players, or netbooks used in place of them.

        Plus, with Nvidia pushing Tegra in the ARM realm, it’s only a matter of time until people the two sides converge and people will be expecting The Sims and WoW for tablets.

        • Trymor
        • 9 years ago

        6 cells for the low end, 8 cells for the high to make it up?

      • 5150
      • 9 years ago

      Which kind? Mouth or genital?

        • sweatshopking
        • 9 years ago

        both! AT THE SAME TIME.

          • Trymor
          • 9 years ago

          I call bullshit…

      • JumpingJack
      • 9 years ago

      The 5.5 W atom will probably be the CPU equivalent of a 9 W Brazos, graphically brazos would have it beat.. for HD decoding. Mainstream 3D gaming, brazos will also be better, 3 FPS vs none. But still unplayable.

    • dpaus
    • 9 years ago

    But what’s the intended audience? Brazos is overkill for web surfing, and tablets just aren’t ergonomically suitable for “real” PC workloads (yes, yes, you can dock them and use a Bluetooth keyboard, and they have an HDMI out, but what’s the point of getting a tablet if you’re going to do all that?)

    On the other hand, I think it would be brilliant for /[

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 years ago

      I support this opinion.

      • ew
      • 9 years ago

      With all the major browsers supporting hardware acceleration shortly I don’t think it is overkill.

        • OneArmedScissor
        • 9 years ago

        No kidding. The Brazos GPU is not as insane as everyone seems to think. It’s a tiny piece of a tiny chip, running half the clock speed of AMD’s existing mobile IGPs in the 9w version.

        Chip function > brute forced clock speed for saving power.

          • Trymor
          • 9 years ago

          It is just a stepping stone to what will be common place in a year or something…lol.

      • Trymor
      • 9 years ago

      l[

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