It appears that AMD has won a CES 2014 Innovation award for its Mullins APU-based “Project Discovery”, a Windows 8 tablet and peripherals, including a game controller. TechRadar got its hands on some pictures of the tablet, the game controller and a docking station.
An AMD spokesperson confirmed that the systems, codenamed Project Discovery, are real and that it will be shown at CES in January, but that “AMD’s goals are to show the world what we can do in the tablet space around our next generation APU, Mullins.” When pressed about how Project Discovery might impact AMD’s OEM partners, the spokesperson clarified that “AMD does not plan to enter the market with a branded tablet and peripherals at this time.”
Given the statements, we can understand that AMD is more interested in creating a proof of concept that it hopes will motivate its OEM partners to create the final, consumer-ready products based on its new Mullins. There are not a lot to go on, but Project Discovery appears to use AMD’s DockPort technology, which is said to work with any display technology on the market, and has the tablet running on Windows 8, giving it support for a unique gamepad. DockPort is AMD’s solution for supporting a number of peripherals, monitors and allowing charging through a single cable.
The details are not quite clear yet, so goes for AMD’s plans with the project, but we hope to find out more about Project Discovery when AMD shows it off at CES in January.