AMD is reportedly working on a refresh for its current Brazos platform that will go by the name of Brazos 2.0 and will introduce as series of new APUs as well as improved graphics when it launches in the first quarter of 2012.
The new platform will be built around a series of APUs from the Zacate series that will be known as the E2-1800 and E1-1200.
The former is a slightly improved version of the current E-450 accelerated processing unit launched earlier this quarter and it packs the same two computing cores as its predecessor, but with a 1.7GHz base clock speed.
The on-die GPU is also a re-branded version of the Radeon HD 6320 used in the original E-450, but this has now received a 523MHz stock clock speed and 680MHz maximum Turbo to come as the HD 7340, according to ComputerBase.
Moving to its slower sibling, the E1-1200, AMD has designed this APU to take the place of the E-300 and will feature a 100MHz frequency increase to work at 1.4GHz, and an HD 7310 on-die GPU that features an insignificant 12 MHz overclock compared to its predecessor.
In addition to the new APUs, the Brazos 2.0 platform also includes a new mobile chipset referred to as the A68M or by its Hudson M3L code name.
Compared to the current A50M this FCH was designed in order to decrease power consumption, so it has a series of features disabled such as the support for six SATA ports, and 14 USB 2.0 ports.
Instead the chipset gets only a pair of SATA 6Gbps connectors, and 8 USB 2.0 ports, while the two USB 1.1 were replaced by a pair of USB 3.0 ports. Other features of the new FCH include an APU fan control unit and an SD controller.
Both the new APUs and the chipset that make the Brazos 2.0 platform will be officially unveiled in the first quarter of 2012.