Kicking off today is AMD’s annual developer conference, which now goes by the name APU13. There will be several APU/CPU related announcements coming out of the show this week, but we’ll start with what’s likely to be the most interesting for our regular readers: the launch date for AMD’s Kaveri APU.

First and foremost, AMD has confirmed that Kaveri will be shipping in Q4’13, with a launch/availability date of January 14th, 2014. For those of you keeping track of your calendars, this is the week after CES 2014, with AMD promising further details on the Kaveri launch for CES.

Second of all, we have confirmation on what the highest shipping APU configuration will be. Kaveri will have up to 4 CPU core (2 modules), which will be based on AMD’s latest revision of their desktop CPU architecture, Steamroller. Meanwhile the GPU will be composed of 8 GCN 1.1 CUs, which would put the SP count at 512 SPs (this would be equivalent to today's desktop Radeon HD 7750). Furthermore AMD is throwing around a floating point performance number – 856 GFLOPS – which thanks to some details found in AMD's footnotes by PCWorld gives us specific clockspeeds and even a product name. A10-7850K CPU clockspeed 3.7GHz, GPU clockspeed 720MHz.

Third, in a departure from how AMD launched Trinity and Richland, Kaveri will be coming to the desktop first. The January 14th date is for the availability of desktop socket FM2+ Kaveri APUs, with server and mobile APUs to follow (these are presumably some of the CES details to come). Pricing and specific SKUs will of course be announced at a later time, and there wasn’t any clarification on whether this was just for OEM hardware, or if we’ll be seeing retail CPUs too.

Finally, AMD has confirmed on the GPU side that Kaveri will be shooting for feature parity with AMD’s latest discrete GPUs, by supporting many of the same features. Specifically, TrueAudio will be making an appearance on Kaveri, bringing AMD’s dedicated audio processing block to their APUs as well as their GPUs. On the discrete GPUs this is a move that was mostly about functionality, but on Kaveri it should take on a second role due to the fact that it’s exactly the kind of CPU-constrained environment for which having dedicated hardware will be a boon. Furthermore, AMD has also confirmed that their new low-level API, Mantle, will also be supported on Kaveri – it is after all a GCN based GPU.

For AMD Kaveri is going to be a big deal; likely the biggest CPU/APU launch for the company in quite some time. Since the acquisition of ATI all the way back in 2006 this is what the company has been building up to: producing a processor with a highly integrated CPU/GPU that allows both of them to be leveraged nearly-transparently by software. Kaveri is the launch vehicle for HSA both as a specific standard and as a general concept for a PC CPU/APU, so it’s something that everyone inside and outside of AMD will be watching closely.

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  • takeship - Monday, November 11, 2013 - link

    Crossing my fingers that their top SKUs will be sub-100w. Perfect for HTPC/SFF if so.
  • axien86 - Monday, November 11, 2013 - link

    The light and sexy laptop they displayed shows AMD's Kaveri scales from embedded to mobile to desktop and to servers!

    With Mantle and Trueaudio support, everyone from Steam PCs to the whole array of laptop OEMs could make AMD's Kaveri the APU Comeback Kid.
  • ericore - Monday, November 11, 2013 - link

    lol, the FM2+ socket is for 95W TDP processors, why do you think they had to be conservative with the clock speeds; that doesn't look weird to you.
  • takeship - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    Yeah, I know FM2+ is suppose to be 95w. I also know that most power consumption tests put Trinity & Richland up closer to 135+w under Prime95+Furmark loads. That's a lot of heat to push out of a 1-2L box.
  • SunLord - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    If your gonna use it as an HTPC prime+furmark is i would think a pointless benchmark for thermals as you'll never stress it enough to come close to that worse case scenario
  • gruffi - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    " I also know that most power consumption tests put Trinity & Richland up closer to 135+w under Prime95+Furmark loads."

    No, they don't. You forget that TDP is related to the CPU itself. It's not related to the whole system or the efficiency of power supplies or voltage converters.
  • Minion4Hire - Thursday, November 14, 2013 - link

    No, the TDP includes integrated graphics. It is the TDP of the entire processor - GPU and CPU - not just one part of it. I can't corroborate the 135W number, but 95W is indeed the rating for the APU as a whole.
  • looncraz - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    I don't think too many people would consider a stock 3.7GHz APU conservatively clocked... particularly on a 95W platform... that is astounding, in fact, considering where AMD has been and the 8 GCN compute cores taking part of that 95W TDP.

    Though, I would not be surprised if there was some dynamic throttling to stay below the TDP - AMD's "Power Play" extended to also include the CPU modules in its algorithms.
  • MrSpadge - Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - link

    No need for the top model to skimp on power consumption - if people want it. There should be a 65 W version with all funtional units enabled, though, for everyone else. So far these models have been available and occupied quite a sweet spot.
  • DaTanMan - Monday, November 11, 2013 - link

    Hot dayum. 512 SPs. That puts it roughly at the same performance as my 5770... Not bad at all for integrated graphics.

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