AMD plans Hondo APU for Windows 8 tablets

The folks at Turkish site Donanim Haber have been particularly adept at getting their hands on details regarding upcoming AMD processors. Yesterday, they published what look to be official AMD slides laying out plans for new versions of the Brazos platform. Dubbed Brazos-T, the chips are aimed at tablets and tagged with "Desna" and "Hondo" codenames.

Desna is the Z-01 APU AMD teased at the end of May. It's very similar to the Ontario-based C-50 and has dual Bobcat cores clocked at 1GHz, Radeon HD 6250 integrated graphics, and a 5.9W TDP. The C-50 is identical in almost every way, but it has a marginally faster GPU clock and a higher 9W TDP.

AMD looks set to lower power consumption further with Hondo, whose TDP is claimed to be less than 4.5W. The chip appears to have the same CPU and GPU components as Desna, but support for VGA output has been dropped, as have the PCIe lanes reserved for discrete graphics cards. PCIe connectivity has also been shed from Hondo's accompanying Hudson M2T platform hub, which loses a few USB ports and is limited to a single 3Gbps Serial ATA device. The current Hudson M1 chipset has a whopping six 6Gbps SATA ports—far beyond overkill for a tablet.

According to the slides, Hondo is a "re-architected" version of the Ontario APU optimized for low power consumption. The chip will still be fabbed on a 40-nm process, and it's the same size as the existing C-50 and Z-01. Samples are expected in December, with mass production to follow in the second quarter of 2012. Windows 8 may be out by then, and Hondo sounds like an intriguing processor to pair with the OS. Thanks to TechEye for the tip.

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