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AMD says more Windows 8 tablets with its chips coming

AMD says between six to 10 tablets with its Z-60 tablet chip will be announced between now and CES in 2013

By Agam Shah
October 24, 2012 04:51 PM ET

IDG News Service - Advanced Micro Devices hopes to brush off a slow start to compete against ARM and Intel in the Windows 8 tablet market through new customer announcements and future chips.

The company will announce between six to 19 tablets for its Z-60 tablet chip, which is code-named Hondo and was announced earlier this month, said John Taylor, director of marketing at AMD. The new tablets will be announced by January next year, around the time of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where some of the top electronics makers show off their latest wares.

Currently only one tablet, Fujitsu's Stylistic Q572, has been introduced with the dual-core Z-60 chip. The Windows 8 tablet has a 10-inch screen, two cameras, a removable battery and weighs 748 grams, which is heavier than many of the Windows 8 tablets, which weigh between 500 grams and 700 grams. The tablet's price is 90,800 yen ($1,136), and will become available at the end of November.

AMD is also looking forward to the new tablet chips, Kabini and Tamesh, which will have between two and four CPU cores and next-generation graphics cores. The new chips will be released next year and bring better performance and battery life to tablets. Earlier this year the company ripped up its old chip roadmap and introduced a new strategy for tablet, server and PC chips. Hondo is based on the company's old chip roadmap, but the newer tablet chips next year will have the faster and more power-efficient Jaguar CPU core, which is part of the new chip roadmap.

AMD has made the tablet market one of its top priorities as it tries to move away from a heavy reliance on the slumping PC business. AMD last year introduced the Z-01 tablet chip, which failed. The lack of a tablet strategy was one of the reasons former AMD CEO Dirk Meyer resigned in early 2011.

Former Lenovo exec Rory Read was appointed AMD's CEO in August last year, and the company has put together a new management team and chip roadmap. But AMD continues to struggle, with the company last week announcing that it would lay off 1,800 employees as part of a restructuring plan. The company also recorded revenue decline in the most recent fiscal quarter on a challenging economy and weak demand for its products.

AMD has to face off with both ARM and Intel as it tries to get in the tablet market, said Dean McCarron, principal analyst at Mercury Research. Microsoft is unveiling Windows 8 for x86 chips, which provides an avenue for AMD to compete, McCarron said. Microsoft is providing Windows RT for ARM processors.

Reprinted with permission from IDG.net. Story copyright 2014 International Data Group. All rights reserved.
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