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The 7th Generation AMD PRO APUs Announced

The 7th Generation AMD PRO APUs Announced

Barcelonia, Spain, 3 October 2016 — Today at the Canalys Channels Forum, AMD announced the first PCs featuring 7th Generation AMD PRO APUs (formerly codenamed “Bristol Ridge PRO”). Built for business, AMD PRO APUs deliver increased computing and graphics performance, improved energy efficiency, while providing a secure and stable platform to protect customers’ IT investments.

“In the past two years we made incredible progress in the commercial client segment. Since its inception in mid-2014, AMD PRO processor unit shipments increased more than 45 percent, enabling businesses all over the world to simplify IT with secure, high performance, reliable solutions” said Jim Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Computing and Graphics Business, AMD. “We are thrilled to have PC market leaders like HP and Lenovo expanding their use of AMD technology in their business client portfolios.”

“We’re delighted to offer 7th generation AMD PRO processors in our new HP EliteDesk 705 G3 desktop series,” said Guayente Sanmartin, Vice President of Product Management, Commercial Desktops, HP Inc. “We are delivering more performance, security and flexibility to give our enterprise customers peace of mind that allows them to focus on their business, not on IT complexity.”

New systems from HP and Lenovo combine commercial-grade quality, performance, and stability, with exceptional video and audio capabilities enabling businesses to achieve more across key areas including productivity, manageability, and collaboration. In addition, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro features including Device Guard, Windows Hello, Biometric Security and BitLocker Encryption are fully supported, out of the box.

 

7th Generation AMD PRO Processors

7th Generation AMD PRO processors tackle business needs in three key areas:

  • Help ensure sensitive data and trusted applications remain secure with the dedicated and integrated AMD Secure Processor technology; a system-wide secure environment that offloads and isolates security functions, providing an independent hardware-based root of trust for secure boot, content protection, application security, and fTPM 2.0 (firmware trusted platform module).
  • To meet users’ growing compute and graphic demands, new AMD PRO desktop processors provide up to 14% more compute and 22% more graphic performance while being up to 32% more energy efficient than 6th generation AMD PRO processors.
  • Open standards and CPU-agnostic DASH manageability allows IT departments to easily integrate and manage systems. The new AMD AM4 desktop infrastructure provides a stable and upgradable platform for the future.

 

AMD 7th Generation Systems

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The HP EliteDesk 705 G3 Series desktops, available in microtower, small-form factor (SFF), or mini-form factor, deliver impressive value with uncompromising performance, security, and manageability for an enterprise-class experience.

The EliteDesk desktop PCs are more secure with HP Sure Start with Protection of BIOS Configuration and Policy. This helps to protect your PC and ensure uninterrupted productivity by automatically detecting and recovering from BIOS corruption or attacks. The desktops also include TPM 2.0 to secure data and HP’s full portfolio of physical-security accessories for a robust, three-layer security solution.

7th generation AMD PRO processors aim to deliver the best performance, reliability, and opportunity to handle critical workloads with planned availability in additional new PCs in the near future.

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The 7th Generation AMD A-Series Desktop APUs Revealed

Today, AMD officially revealed the first 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop APUs running on the new Socket AM4. Previously codenamed Bristol Ridge, the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop APUs will start shipping soon in HP and Lenovo devices.

Be sure to check out our companion articleThe New AMD Socket AM4 Chipsets Revealed.

 

The 7th Gen AMD A-Series Desktop APU Revealed

With up to four “Excavator” cores, the 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop APUs consist of 65-watt and 35-watt versions, with greatly improved graphics capabilities and power efficiency. Check out this presentation by Peter Amos, APU Product Marketing Manager, AMD Client Business Unit, AMD. You may recall his earlier presentation here.

 

The First 7th Generation AMD A-Series Desktop APUs

Here is the first slew of 7th Generation AMD A-Series desktop APUs released by AMD :

APU Models Cores Base Frequency Max Frequency Processor Graphics Graphics CUs Graphics Frequency
AMD A12-9800 4 3.8 GHz 4.2 GHz Radeon R7 8 CUs 1108 MHz
AMD A12-9800E 4 3.1 GHz 3.8 GHz Radeon R7 8 CUs 900 MHz
AMD A10-9700 4 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz Radeon R7 6 CUs 1029 MHz
AMD A10-9700E 4 3.0 GHz 3.5 GHz Radeon R7 6 CUs 847 MHz
AMD A8-9600 4 3.1 GHz 3.4 GHz Radeon R7 6 CUs 900 MHz
AMD Athlon X4 950 4 3.5 GHz 3.7 GHz None
AMD A6-9500 2 3.5 GHz 3.8 GHz Radeon R5 6 CUs 1029 MHz
AMD A6-9500E 2 3.0 GHz 3.4 GHz Radeon R5 4 CUs 800 MHz
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The 7th Generation AMD A-Series Desktop APU Slides

For those who prefer to go through the presentation slides in detail, here they are for your perusal :

Be sure to check out our companion article – The New AMD Socket AM4 Chipsets Revealed.

 

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7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs Revealed

On the second day of Computex 2016, AMD unveiled the 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs at the Westin Taipei. Shipping in volume to OEM customers, the new 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs feature up to 4 mobile-optimised “Excavator” x86 CPU cores, with built-in Radeon graphics cores.

The 7th Generation AMD A-Series is divided into two families, codenamed “Bristol Ridge” and “Stoney Ridge“. The “Bristol Ridge” family consists of 35- and 15-watt versions of AMD FX, A12, and A10 processors, while “Stoney Ridge” family will power the 15-watt A9, A6 and E2 processors.

 

7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs Revealed

We were present at the Westin Taipei, when Jim Anderson, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Computing and Graphics Business Group, AMD unveiled the 7th Generation AMD A-Series APUs. Check it out!

Here is a summary of the key points from the presentation :
  • The 7th Generation AMD FX processor will deliver up to 53% better graphics performance, and up to 51% better compute performance, than the Intel Core i7 processor.
  • “Stoney Ridge” APUs will deliver up to 50% better CPU core performance over the previous-generation “Carrizo” APUs.
  • The new AMD A9-9410 APU will deliver up to 27% better graphics performance than the Intel Pentium 4405U, and rival the Intel Core i3-6100U in both graphics and compute performance.
  • DDR4 memory support and Adaptive Voltage and Frequency Scaling (AVFS) technology in the new APUs give them 25% better performance per watt.

These new APUs will use the new AMD AM4 socket that is also used by the upcoming AMD “Summit Ridge” desktop processor based on their new “Zen” microarchitecture.

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