AMD Prepping Brazos 2.0 for Q1 2012
AMD’s Brazos family of low-powered APUs was intended to help AMD compete in the netbook and nettop market, and the higher-end Zacate chips have been a popular choice for folks looking into silent HTPC builds. Now word comes that Brazos is expected to receive a refresh in the first part of 2012. At this point the refresh, known as Brazos 2.0, will include rebranded APUs with boosted specs and a new mobile chipset. Given that Brazos 2.0 sounds like it might be a rather modest refresh, the most interesting part in the Brazos 2.0 lineup may be the Brazos-T aimed at tablets. With Windows 8 on the horizon, you can bet that AMD is hoping to get in on the market for x86 tablets.
Codenamed Brazos 2.0, the platform will feature updated Zacate APUs. (Ontario/C-Series refresh is not mentioned) The E-450 will be replaced by E2-1800. Fundamentally the same chip, E2-1800 features a slight boost to 1.7 GHz, while the GPU is rebranded as HD 7340 and is clocked higher at 523 MHz and 680 MHz with Turbo.
Is this really of any
Is this really of any interest. If you are going to buy one, then you’ll get a slightly faster one, but …. Seems more like a re labelling job.
For the most part, I agree.
For the most part, I agree. The Brazos platform is definitely a better choice in its market segment than the Atom, but that market segment is diminishing so I was hoping for something more ambitious. The Brazos-T is really the only thing that AMD is talking about here that seems like it might have a significant impact.