AMD Hondo ultra-low-power APU for Tablets
AMD released a spooky video that teases an upcoming low-power mobile product that will be shown off on October 9. No official details are available yet, but the site came across rumors that the product being teased is Hondo, an ultra-low-power APU that should succeed the Z-01 APU. The last AMD roadmaps we looked at described Hondo as a "Z-Series" offering with one or two Bobcat cores, DirectX 11-capable integrated graphics, and a 4.5W power envelope (down from 5.9W for the dual-core Z-01).
Hondo is supposed to power Windows 8 tablets, so a launch ahead of the new operating system's October 26 release seems logical.
One specimen shown was manufactured by Acer, and was its graphics performance with the game Call of Duty 4, showing a rate of frames per second sustained around 30 frames per second during the test graphics Tablet recorded a temperature of 37.7º C, very good temperature whereas a Atom based Tablet 43.88º C generated by running the same game, although the rate of frames per second Atom was offered by about half. The soc Hondo manufactured from the 40nm manufacturing process, based on bobcat micro-architecture, and have TDPs of up to 4.5W.