AMD Prepping C-60 Turbo Core for Netbooks
AMD is preparing to take advantages of four different processors includes C (codenamed Ontario) and E (codename Grass) as part of its line of Fusion APUs. These incorporated multi-core x86 and DirectX 11 for discrete graphics on the same silicon. The AMD C-30, C-50, E-240 and E-350 have been well received, and left their mark on the market of netbooks and notebooks economic. Now according to a report Macles, the new variant AMD C-60 is underway.
The C-60 dual-core should close the gap between the C-50 and the most powerful E-240/350. Offers almost the same specifications as the currently available C-50, Bobcat x86 dual-core 1.0 GHz and includes a 1MB L2 cache with a TDP of only 9W. However, there are a few key differences: the C-60 will have AMD Radeon HD 6290 graphics instead of Radeon HD 6250 and adds support for Core Turbo technology. This means that the x86 cores can reach 1.33 GHz during intensive tasks, while the Radeon HD 6290 graphics can range from 276MHz to 400MHz in Turbo mode.
In comparison , the E-350 runs at 1.6 GHz and has a Radeon HD 6310 graphics core of 492MHz. As the processor is a little more high performance and has a TDP of 18W, the C-60 does not look bad on paper and could be more affordable for economic netbooks without sacrificing much performance. AMD has not officially ruled on the new APU Ontario so for now this is just a rumor.
Since the C-60’s TDP is still 9W, same as the C-50’s, Turbo may only work on one component (either the x86 cores or the GPU) at a time. The C-60 may be prepared for the back-to-school period to taken on netbooks powered by Intel’s new Atom N570 dual-core so expect more info about it this summer.