At the start of the year AMD made public their product roadmap, giving us some early details on their future AMD APU's (accelerated processing units). As you may or may not know, an APU is a combination CPU/GPU chip and it is one of the areas in the microprocessor industry that AMD excels.

AMD's roadmap detailed many upcoming chips including the A6-1450 "Temash" APU, A6-5200 "Kabini" part and "Richland" based A8-5545M and A10-5750M, all of which are quad-core based solutions, although AMD does plan to introduce dual-core editions at some point which are likely to be more cost effective and power efficient SKUs.

The A4-1200 appeared on the AMD website stating that it is for "Tablets with AMD Accelerated Processors". What we know so far:

• Dual Core
• 1 GHz Clock Speed
• Integrated Radeon HD 8180

While this may not sound much, it is likely that the CPU will be very efficient but pack a robust graphics solution that would be ideal for multimedia tablet devices. Add to this a 1.2 Watt idle power consumption, 1.4 Watt while browsing and 2.35 Watt when running H-264 online video @ 1080p.

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