AMD Now Shipping Quad-core Llano APU to OEMs

We already have a taste of AMD's Fusion with the current entry-level, but very capable APUs on the market. The integrated graphics solutions give netbooks a new sort of power at a price that wasn't before possible.

Now AMD hopes to apply the same kind of practice to high performance applications. Today the company confirmed that it has commenced shipments of Llano, a 32nm quad-core A-Series APU with built-in graphics that can hang with some of the discrete options available today.

Just because the chips are shipping today doesn't mean that you'll get them tomorrow. They're being sent out to OEMs right now so they can be packed in systems.

"When we say we are shipping production units of any part for the first time, the next question I inevitably get asked is how does AMD define 'production'?" wrote Phil Hughes, Senior PR Manager at AMD. "When we talk about production here at AMD, it refers to the units that will ultimately be in the systems that our OEM partners will ship to retailers or end-customers."

Hughes continued in the blog post, "Now of course, I can’t speak for exactly when each of our OEM partners will ship systems, that’s a question for them, but as our Chief Financial Officer and Interim CEO Thomas Seifert mentioned on his Webcast today, 'Customers are very excited about Llano coming to market and we will look forward to seeing our “Llano”-based systems in the market this quarter — the second quarter.'"

AMD once again highlighted its comparison with Sandy Bridge with the video below. Of course, the real test starts once we get one of these into our review team's testing lab.

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  • Zingam
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  • Silmarunya
    Zingam2 years 2 late

    Actually, Llano is going to be a big win if it's half as good as advertised.

    Imagine your average hardware chain. Think of the average customer looking for a new PC. What does he/she ask the attending (not so competent) staff member? Right, 'What's the cheapest computer you've got that does MS office, some games for the kids and facebook?'

    The staff member will scratch his head and say 'Hmmm... Those new desktops over there are pretty powerful and damn cheap, get one of these'.

    Not only will Llano be cheaper than SB, it will also outperform budget SB, even though the CPU is not nearly as powerful. Why? Because low end PC's usually aren't nearly as bogged down by a lack of CPU performance than they are by poor integrated graphics. And in an era of graphics rich websites, hardware accelerated computing and the like, that's only going to get worse.

    Llano is likely going to be the first CPU/GPU combo that makes for a fully workable family desktop: cheap and versatile.