Although I was lucky enough to hold the fort this year while Geoff roams the halls of Computex, I can smell the tablets from all the way across the Pacific. This year, even AMD has taken part in the tablet craze, announcing its 2011 AMD HD Tablet Platform and a new version of its Ontario APU primed for Windows-powered slates.
This new APU is dubbed the AMD Z-01, and it features a pair of Bobcat cores clocked at 1GHz. Here’s how the chip compares to the rest of AMD’s low-power Fusion lineup:
|Processor||CPU cores||CPU clock||GPU ALUs||GPU clock||TDP|
|AMD E-350 with Radeon HD 6310 graphics||2||1.6 GHz||80||500 MHz||18W|
|AMD E-240 with Radeon HD 6310 graphics||1||1.5 GHz||80||500 MHz||18W|
|AMD C-50 with Radeon HD 6250 graphics||2||1.0 GHz||80||280 MHz||9W|
|AMD C-30 with Radeon HD 6250 graphics||1||1.2 GHz||80||280 MHz||9W|
|AMD Z-01 with Radeon HD 6250 graphics||2||1.0 GHz||80||276 MHz||5.9W|
In other words, the newcomer could be mistaken for a version of the C-50 tuned for lower power consumption. 5.9W still sounds a little on the high side compared to Intel’s new Atom Z670, though. The Z670 offfers x86 compatibility, integrated graphics, and 1080p output capabilities within a TDP almost half as small (just 3W).
Nevertheless, the new Z-01 chip has been adopted by MSI for its new WindPad 110W tablet, which purportedly has "the longest [battery life] of any tablet with Windows architecture." The 110W offers "six-plus hours of battery time" and complements the Z-01 with 2GB of DDR2 RAM, up to 64GB of solid-state storage and 802.11n Wi-Fi. I expect a relatively beefy battery accounts for much of the device’s 1.87-lb weight.