Brazos APU by AMD – what is it all about?

“Brazos” platform has been released by AMD and is quite powerful. Two chipsets included in it are E-350 and Hudson M1 FCH. These are actually APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), a term being used by AMD instead of CPU.

These new APUs are quite powerful as well as work on low-power. Various models are known as C-30, C-50, E-240 and E-350. These names are kept “short” and there is no “suffix” or prefix with these names. These new APUs comes with the whole chipset, so if you want to upgrade, buying the whole chipset would be a must.

There are 2 cores of 1.6GHz in E-350, 1MB L2 cache and 492MHz DirectX11 capable Radeon graphics core that is integrated. This Radeon is known as HD 6310 that is actually an upgraded version of HD Radeon 5450 with single channel DDR3 memory and 80 VLIW-5stream processors. It is much better and faster than the previously available 40 VLIW-5 stream processors and AMD’s 700 and 800 series graphics chipsets.

There is a good news for those who like HTPC that AMD’ UVD 3 technology (with HDMI 1.4a support) that is capable of playing even a high quality Blu-ray 3D. The new IGPs are also supporting dual display out. This new chipset has support for DDR3 memory. The memory controller is usually limited to 1066MHz bus speed, but 1333 MHz is also available as an option. This APU is actually power-efficient and highly powerful with a GPU that doesn’t use CPU’s cache.

The Hudson-M1chipset is expected to be lower than SB850 6W TDP because there is no support for the PCI or RAID and PCI-W lanes are also much lesser in number. This is the first time when AMD has used TSMC’s services for the creation Brazos on a 40nm process. So, we can call this new APU series to be a “super” low-cost and powerful range of chipsets as the combination of some really amazing technologies have been provided in a single chipset.

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