The secrets behind the website ifitcanreachspace.com were finally revealed today when the countdown reached zero.
AMD celebrated the launch of their 2014 Performance Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) by sending an enthusiast-class APU for notebooks to the edge of space. The APU was locked inside a small structure with HD cameras and advanced GPS tied to a 2 meter wide helium balloon. The balloon reached heights of 36,240 meters (118,900 feet) before crashing back down to earth 1 hour and 47 minutes later.
These performance APUs include Pro A-Series for both Mobile and Desktop use, and two FX-branded APUs with up to 12 compute cores (4 CPU and 8 GPU cores) and Radeon R7 Graphics. These APUs are the first in the world to use Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) features, including fully shared memory between the CPU and GPU. The key features of these APUs include:
AMD Radeon Graphics with GCN Archetecture
AMD Mantle API Support
AMD TrueAudio Technology
AMD Start Now technology for instant resume and fast boot-up
AMD TurboCore technology for boosted computer performance
AMD Radeon Dual Graphics for APU and discrete graphics
AMD Eyefinity for multiple displays
AMD Enduro Technology for long battery life on notebooks
AMD Quick Stream technology for virtually uninterrupted video streaming
AMD Face Login and Gesture Control
AMD Wireless Display for sharing the screen with multiple devices wirelessly
AMD Perfect Picture with AMD Steady Video Technology to help make pictures more vibrant and videos stream smoothly.
The AMD Pro A-Series APUs are available today at online resellers and in select HP Elite 700-Series products. Below is a comparison of all 10 models. All models are DIRECTX® Version 11.2 and UVD 4.2