AMD Temash Turbo Dock Prototype Hands-on at MWC

Posted on 01 March 2013 by

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Temash is AMD’s new computing platform aimed at Windows 8 tablets. Recently they teased some interesting docking functionality in which you could dock a Temash tablet onto a keyboard for a 40% processing power boost which is an idea that we’d love to see explored in the computing industry. Chippy has been on the show-floor of Mobile World Congress 2013 this week and got to check out Temash prototypes at the AMD booth.

The so called “Turbo Dock” idea is great — you don’t need much power for sofa-surfing in tablet mode, but it’s great to have productivity power when you sit down to get some real work done. It would be great if the dock actually contained its own GPU for a serious boost in graphical power, but from what we understand the power boost comes from fans built into the dock which allow the processor to run at a higher clock rate thanks to better cooling. Even though we’re not talking about a discrete GPU, AMD says that you can get up to 40% more power when docked.

That docking functionality is for the quad-core version of Temash. Apparently there will also be a dual-core version which will likely be cheaper for tablet-only devices without the Turbo Dock function.

The prototypes above won’t hit the market; they are simply reference designs. AMD hasn’t announced which partners will be making use of the Temash platform yet, but it’ll be interesting to see which manufacturers opt for Temash over Intel’s forthcoming Haswell platform for convertible Windows 8 tablets.

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  • schmo

    How small are the intended devices going to be? 11.6″ like Core i chips or 10.1″ (maybe smaller) like Atom? 10.1″ and 16:10 might be nice.

    Are the core count based on AMD’s core definition? For example, 2 integer cores and 1 floating point core is called a “dual core” CPU.

    Are these chips supposed to be in between Atom and Core i in terms of CPU performance and power consumption?

  • Mike

    These look incredible! I am particularly interested in the dual core fanless version there. How much RAM will it support? Is that fold up keyboard/case sturdy enough to be used on your lap, or does it require a sturdy table surface? I like how the touch pad folds over top, thus giving you a nice, large keyboard areas to work with.

  • Marcus

    I wish I could get my hands on one of these tablets. I am holding out getting a windows tablet just so I can get one of these. (one like it at least)

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