AMD skips Chromebooks, bets on Windows 10

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story imageChromebooks may be hot-ticket items, but with its sixth-generation A-series chips for mainstream laptops, AMD is instead placing its bets on Microsoft's Windows 10. The new chips, code-named Carrizo, will appear in laptops priced between US$400 and $800 from Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba. The first wave of laptops will become available starting in July, initially with Windows 8, and later in the year with Windows 10.

The new chips include quad-core A8 and A10 processors, which have up to six GPU cores, and the faster FX chips, which have up to eight GPU cores. The chips draw between 15 watts to 35 watts of power. Some new laptops based on the chips were shown at the Computex trade show in Taipei this week. PC makers are considering the new Carrizo chips for Windows laptops, not for Chromebooks, said Adam Kozak, marketing manager at AMD. Laptops also will get thinner and lighter, as Carrizo chips are about 29 percent smaller than their predecessors.

Re: Logic (Score: 2, Interesting)

by on 2015-06-08 05:21 (#AMY0)

I don't think they're giving Win10 away because Win8 tanked. They're giving it away because that's what Apple is doing now, and because their MBAs have decided it's a better business strategy to push users into subscription models for other services like Office 365 and Cloud services, etc.

Yes, Win8 tanked, but I don't think this is an issue of cause and effect.
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