AMD Launches FirePro A300 Series APUs

FirePro A300 series touts low heat and noise levels along with energy efficiency.

AMD has launched the AMD FirePro A300 Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for entry-level and mainstream desktop workstations. According to the company, these APUs are designed for users who demand a high-performance computing platform to power their computer-aided design, and media and entertainment workflows.

The press release states that AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs offer greater design flexibility, help save space, are energy efficient, and have low heat and noise levels without compromising performance and reliability. AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs feature support for AMD Eyefinity Technology, AMD Turbo Core technology (where CPU and GPU performance are dynamically scaled depending on workload demands), as well as support for horizontal display resolutions up to 10,240 x 1600 pixels.

Additional features include: support for Discrete Compute Offload, which allows additional compute capability by using discrete AMD FirePro GPUs in parallel with APU graphics for extended GPGPU performance; 30-bit color; and dedicated media encoding hardware for faster “fixed function” GPU processing of H.264/MPEG4 files and other motion media formats when using compatible software.

The AMD FirePro A300 Series APUs will be available in systems from a number of workstation integrators starting in August of 2012.