AMD: Llano Is An Intel Shocker

The performance apparently is much better than the code-name: AMD's Godfrey Cheng wrote in a blog post that AMD's competition most certainly will be "shocked" as Llano has exceeded AMD's expectations in reducing power consumption and improving power efficiency. Cheng said that AMD found opportunities to save power and "dramatically" increase battery life over previous platforms. He said that AMD will reveal actual numbers when Llano is launched later this month.

There is also not much information in terms of straight processing capability, even if Chen describes Llano as the "big iron" APU AMD will be offering. A screenshot shows Llano exceeding the performance of an Intel platform, but we do not know which Intel product AMD used for the demonstration - at least not from the blog post. While there are no hard details, the executive noted that a Llano notebook will enable its user to take advantage of several hours of "intensive graphics" use while running on battery power.

Cheng also pointed to Sabine as the first chip platform to integrate USB 3.0 and highlighted the fact that this interface now allows for the use of 1080p cameras. AMD is surely building up the expectations for its Llano processor. Later this month, we will find out how capable the processor really is.

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  • alikum
    If they pull this off, we'll very likely begin to see a shift in the portable market as well. High-end laptops with i7 + discrete graphics and mainstream with llano. This may well be an AMD year!
  • Not going to believe until I see real data. It might be true but all this waiting and "its so good" stuff could be part of building suspense and marketing. If its really that amazing than it would reassure that Intel will continue to have a strong competitor to keep prices down.
  • alextheblue
    Llano will definetely make for some interesting entry and mid-range laptops. Finally an IGP fast enough to compete with entry-level mobile discrete graphics. If the price is right, I think they have a mainstream winner on their hands.