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AMD Project Discovery tablet images leaked

AMD Project Discovery tablet images leaked

The AMD 'Project Discovery' tablet

AMD is set to unveil a new tablet prototype at CES 2014, and has even won an award for it already, according to some leaked images.

Discovered by TechRadar and confirmed by AMD, the images show a fairly standard looking large tablet that's designed to be oriented horizontally, like Microsoft's Surface tablets. However, setting it apart are two docks: one which includes gamepad type controls in a similar vein to the Razer Edge, and another which appears to be some sort of multimedia dock.

The Windows 8 tablet is set to showcase AMD's upcoming mobile APU, codenamed Mullins, which was revealed a few days ago.

The new part, which is claimed to offer 139 percent improvement over AMD's previous mobile part, Temash, will be available in 4.5W quad-core and 2W dual-core parts, and as with all AMD's APUs will emphasise its graphical prowess to tempt OEMs into using it for future designs.

AMD has confirmed it won't actually be entering the tablet market itself, with an AMD spokesperson saying, "AMD does not plan to enter the market with a branded tablet and peripherals at this time." Instead this is a reference design intended inspire OEMs.

AMD Project Discovery tablet images leaked

AMD Project Discovery tablet images leaked

Other confirmed features of the tablet include a DisplayPort 1.2 port for easy connection to most standard displays. It will also support the company's DockPort tech, which is single-cable solution for adding peripherals, monitors and charging the device.

All told, we can't wait to have a play when we're out at the world's largest consumer electronics trade show, CES.

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Harlequin 15th November 2013, 15:29 Quote
AMD have said they wont be making any hardware themselves its just a prototype for the new APU.....
Guinevere 15th November 2013, 15:37 Quote
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claimed to offer 139 percent improvement

I think you mean it offers a 39% improvement.

0% improvement means it's no better.
100% improvement means it's twice as good.
139% means it's 2.39 times as good.
Meanmotion 15th November 2013, 15:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
AMD have said they wont be making any hardware themselves its just a prototype for the new APU.....

What, like it says in the article? ;)
meandmymouth 15th November 2013, 15:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by Harlequin
AMD have said they wont be making any hardware themselves its just a prototype for the new APU.....

Shame. The images look good and I see no reason why they shouldn't lead from the front with their own technology.
Guinevere 15th November 2013, 15:41 Quote
And surely it's not a prototype if they're not going to build the darn things. Maybe you mean concept device? Or reference design if you want to push the definitions.
Meanmotion 15th November 2013, 15:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
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claimed to offer 139 percent improvement

I think you mean it offers a 39% improvement.

0% improvement means it's no better.
100% improvement means it's twice as good.
139% means it's 2.39 times as good.

Nope, 139% is what AMD is claiming.
dyzophoria 15th November 2013, 15:43 Quote
that actually looks sexy
Meanmotion 15th November 2013, 15:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
And surely it's not a prototype if they're not going to build the darn things. Maybe you mean concept device? Or reference design if you want to push the definitions.

Only if you choose to define prototype in a very restrictive manner. While, yes, a reference design would perhaps be a more accurate summation, it is still a first attempt, a proof of concept for the industry.
azazel1024 15th November 2013, 15:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Meanmotion
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Originally Posted by Guinevere
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claimed to offer 139 percent improvement

I think you mean it offers a 39% improvement.

0% improvement means it's no better.
100% improvement means it's twice as good.
139% means it's 2.39 times as good.

Nope, 139% is what AMD is claiming.

It is a 139% better performance per watt, based on TDP of the chips and performance improvement. Which is a little specious, since actual power consumption underwork load for Temash versus Mullins at which the performance is obtained is not specified nor is the measurement at that.

A lower TDP doesn't necessarily mean a lower SDP.

Anandtech does have the break down in performance increase and it is roughly in the 30% range for increased CPU performance and 20% for increased GPU performance of Mullins versus Temash.

AMD is also claiming around a 2x increase in performance per watt.

By comparison Bay Trail scores about 65% of what Temash does in 3dmark11 (or about half of Mullins), but about double what Temash can manage in PCmark. Which makes Bay Trail more than 50% faster on the CPU end than Mullins. GPU lags a lot, but the CPU is still way ahead.

In normal use, the CPU being so weak is what you are much, much more likely to notice at the performance levels we are talking about.

Also Cherry Trail, Bay Trails replacement, which will be coming out roughly in the same time frame as Mullins, so looking likely to have roughly a 50-100% increase in GPU performance over Bay Trail...which means that Cherry Trail is likely to have a MASSIVE CPU performance lead and probably be somewhere between 80-120% of the performance of Mullins in the GPU department.

Probably also while consuming less power.

If Mullins was here TODAY, it might make an interesting comparison to Bay Trail. It will be going up against Cherry Trail though (in all likelihood).
fluxtatic 16th November 2013, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by azazel1024


A lower TDP doesn't necessarily mean a lower SDP.

Once anyone other than Intel uses SDP, that's when I'll start to care.
maverik-sg1 17th November 2013, 17:33 Quote
Outside of synthetic benchmarks I am weary of comments where the cpu is slow etc.....

Compared to it's peers that may be the case, compared to the programs it has to run smoothly, if it's capable of doing that, I don't see this being a reason not to buy. Having more GPU grunt and tying some of that parallelism into a shared CPU resource, assuming the code is written correctly, then it could even be better in certain situations.

I am more concerned of the crappy codenames for these products Cherry Trail and Mullins, sounds more like a new TV series than an exciting new chapter in mobile computing.
rollo 17th November 2013, 18:20 Quote
Could be another nvidia shield style thing.

Competing with Microsoft for 3rd place in tablet market sounds like a recipe for disaster though.

Gl to them.
azazel1024 18th November 2013, 16:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by fluxtatic
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Originally Posted by azazel1024


A lower TDP doesn't necessarily mean a lower SDP.

Once anyone other than Intel uses SDP, that's when I'll start to care.

AMD is now using SDP, apparently.
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