Updated (4/19/11): We have contacted Asus Philippines regarding questions in the comments regarding which version of the Fusion APU is arriving. The Eee PC 1215B that is arriving locally is the C50 1GHz 9W Ontario. It will be available by the end of May. According to them there are no plans to bring in the Zacate-based APUs. Although they say that these are subject to change.
Add one more brand to the AMD camp. Asus has finally announced the Eee PC 1215B. I would assume that the B stands for Brazos, AMD’s Fusion-based APU, Accelerated Processing Unit. Fusion integrates both the CPU and GPU into one die thus lowering the power consumption while still providing significant computing power for a netbook. Graphics performance is courtesy of the AMD Radeon 6250 that has full Direct X 11 support capable of running 1080p videos. This 12″ netbook will come in two flavors, the more power efficient, 9W Ontario single-core APU and the performance oriented Zacate 18W dual-core APU. The 1215B look like the first netbook to be released that will have support USB3.0 devices as well.
Look for the Asus Eee PC 1215B this summer.
Manila, Philippines (April 13, 2011) — ASUS has released the ASUS Eee PC 1215B netbook based on the new AMD Brazos platform. The new platform features either an E-Series Fusion Accelerated Processing Unit, better known as an APU, which enable visually rich, next-generation, enhanced PC experiences even on small form factor devices while facilitating extended real-world battery life. They integrate a CPU and GPU on the same die, improving data transfer rates between these components with the added benefit of low power consumption. The new platform also incorporates upgraded graphics technology, compatible with the latest in graphics with DirectX® 11 support integrated in to the chip for superior visuals.
New platform, better performance, same trusted reliability
The performance of the new AMD Fusion APUs enables performance not seen before in previous netbooks. The Eee PC 1215B is a 12” netbook featuring the AMD C-50 dual core processor running at 1.0 GHz. The TDP power draw of the processors is 9W [ED: corrected TDP] making the new Eee PC’s incredibly power efficient for the amount of computing power offered.
Integrated GPU for superior graphics performance
The graphics performance offered on the new Brazos platform is comparable to notebooks with a discrete GPU, yet is extremely energy efficient. The Eee PC 1215B integrates an AMD Radeon™ HD6250 GPU and has support for DirectX® 11 for a better gaming and multimedia experience. It also features an HDMI port, enabling full 1080p HD playback to a bigger screen.
AMD and ASUS for all day computing
ASUS exclusive Super Hybrid Engine Technology combined with AMD Fusion APU’s low power consumption features promises to extend computer usage beyond the normal range of battery life. Lasting up to 8.5 hours***, the Eee PC 1215B offers more than enough battery life for users to enjoy all day computing without the need to constantly recharge.
Notebook performance, netbook size
The Eee PC 1215B come fully equipped with a multitude of ports and connection methods. It comes with a USB 3.0 port, which support data transfer rates up to ten times faster than USB 2.0, along with Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi to keep users wirelessly connected. The built-in webcam has a user-friendly camera cover design for additional privacy.
Asus Eee PC 1215B will available locally this summer