AMD to Launch a Windows 8.1 Gaming Tablet with Mullins Chips

By: Radu Tyrsina
2 minute read

Recent leaks point to the fact that AMD could join the tablet market by launching the a gaming tablet, currently codenamed Project Discovery. Thus, the chip maker would join a crowded market with a lot of enemies

This is how AMD's gaming tablet could look like

This is how AMD’s gaming tablet could look like

The tablet field is getting more crowded day by day. We’ve got the iconic iPad that is still king of the hill, an army of Android tablets and, of course, emerging Windows 8 tablets (you might want to get one this holiday). According to TechRadar, AMD might be looking to join the race with an upcoming game tablet, code-named as “Project Discovery”.

What is really weird is that the British publication even suggests that it has already won an award for innovation at CES 2014, which will take place in January, 2014. The obtained images show that AMD’s upcoming gaming tablet will be similar to the Windows 8 Razer Edge gaming tablet. Thus, AMD’s gaming tablet would come equipped with a game controller and a docking station. If it will really see the sunlight, then it will obviously come equipped with Windows 8.1.

AMD’s comments weere the following:

AMD’s goals are to show the world what we can do in the tablet space around our next generation APU, Mullins.

This could mean that AMD is going to present only a prototype for now, with a commercial product being launched on the market later on as an AMD spokesperson has hinted:

AMD does not plan to enter the market with a branded tablet and peripherals at this time.

AMD’s Mullins chip is a 64-bit, x86-based chip, perfectly suitable for Windows 8.1. The low-power Mullins APU (accelerated processing unit) is AMD’s answer to Intel, Nvidia and Qualcomm. Mullins has a claimed double per-watt performance over its predecessor, Temash. The Mullins parts will include an AMD Security Processor with TrustZone support.

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