You cannot hide the fact that most of the available laptops are based on processors from Intel and only a small part of the solution utilizes by AMD. However, AMD is not willing to giving up and they know how to improve the upcoming availability of the Carrizo/Carrizo-L SoCs in the market.
AMD knows how to increase the availability of laptops with Carrizo SoCs
Carrizo-L processors will replace current models Beema, so they are used in smaller and weaker structures. The manufacturer will integrate them into the 4 cores Puma+ architecture, layout compatible with GCN architecture and an additional microprocessor responsible for safety, but TDP is expected to be 10-25 W.
Carrizo Series (without the suffix L) is promoting the most efficient unit – the successors of the current models of the Kaveri APUs. Carrizo Series APUs will be equipped with up to 4 cores Excavator architecture, layout based on the new units based on GCN architecture, as well as the already mentioned additional chip responsible for safety. Another advantage is to be fully compatible with the architecture of the HSA. Carrizo processors will appear in versions with a TDP ratio of 15-35 W.
The solution to the problem of low availability strategy would be plug-and-play, so different motherboard structure that will allow for the installation of any model of the processor from both Carrizo and Carrizo-L series in a laptop – regardless of whether the size of the other components of the device. As a result, manufacturers might offer a larger number of configurations and more customers choose the corresponding model.
The new generation has also brought higher efficiency, and the main driving force will be integrated into the layout and its cooperation with the central processor. More elaborate technology will also increase the operating time on rechargeable battery mode.
More details about the processor Carrizo / Carrizo-L will be announced in February at a conference of International Solid-State Circuits. Earlier, on January at CES 2015, we should expect the presentation of prototypes based on the new processors.