The speed and feeds—and where we'll find these APUs
This would be the part of the article where I'd show you a list of Carrizo models, specs, and prices. Unfortunately, despite several requests, we don't yet have that info from AMD.
I can tell you that Carrizo products will range from 12W to 35W. The peak CPU boost clock on the fastest 35W Carrizo variant will be 3.4GHz, and the GPU boost clock will be 800MHz. DDR3 memory speeds will range from 1600MHz to 2133MHz, depending on the power envelope. The 15W parts will use 1600MHz memory, for instance. We'll try to add specific speeds and feeds for the first Carrizo-based products when we receive that info.
One dose of reality that we got from our discussion with AMD about Carrizo is where we can expect to see these chips deployed in consumer systems in the coming months. The company is targeting "mainstream clamshell laptops," likely those in the $400-700 range. PC makers sell those things by the boatload, but they're not exactly the sexy, image-defining systems that tend to hog most of the attention these days. Intel seems to have locked up the lion's share of the design wins for convertible systems like the Microsoft Surface or the Transformer Chi T300. Mainstream laptops have grown thinner, but they're not the thin-and-light class of systems that are so often labeled Ultrabooks (an Intel brand).
AMD expects the first Carrizo notebooks to arrive near the end of June. Those systems will likely be basic clamshells. A little later, in early July in North America, we should start to see some thinner form factors and eventually a couple of ultrathins. At least one PC maker has a Carrizo-driven convertible system in the works, slated to hit the shelves at Best Buy in mid-July. After that will come systems that team the APU's built-in graphics with a matching discrete GPU for added gaming power, along with all-in-one desktops and small-form-factor systems.
AMD's challenge is to capture a chunk of the PC market with Carrizo going into the crucial back-to-school and holiday seasons. That first season should officially kick off with the Windows 10 launch on July 29. Assuming it doesn't see any delays, Carrizo should at least be present in consumer systems at the right time. We'll have to see whether the systems built around it will prove compelling to the folks doing the buying.