I've found both SKUs first on the AMD website and had a closer look on the specs afterwards. Both SKUs are running in the same power envelope as the currently used G-T40E APU and they offer a lot of benefits.
- These are 28nm quad-core parts based on the Puma architecture. This means doubled performance within the same TDP. The GX-412TC is running at 1.2 GHz, while the GX-410VC has a clock of 1 GHz.
- No southbridge needed anymore (SoC design), which means less parts and more space on the PCB for other purposes. Maybe it will also make cooling easier (I have to admit that this is just a guess).
- AES-NI support
- AVX support
- ECC support, which would be IMHO a real improvement for server tasks. Cost increase should be minor as only one additional memory chip is needed.
When I continue to dream about a new APU generation, then these features are also on my wishlist:
- intel NICs. I've read already a statement from Pascal Dornier about this elsewhere on the forum and I agree with him that intel NICs will increase the overall cost significantly. intel maybe has the best Gbit NICs with the best drivers, but intel NICs are really a rip-off, so my wish will most likely continue to be a dream. When intel NICs are no option, then Realtek isn't too bad at all, but they have their limitations: No support for MTU 9000, not supported by some virtualisation software (VMware for example doesn't like Realtek too much IIRC). The currently used Realtek 8111E NICs had the advantage of being supported also by older operating systems, but because the newer 8111G NICs are meanwhile also supported by most OS, the 8111G could be the smarter choice as it also supports energy efficient ethernet.
- If the above mentioned SKUs are appropriate for a new APU generation, then it would also make sense to test such a new APU generation with currently available virtualisation software. Four cores are almost an invitation for running virtualisation software. Not quite the stuff running on the big servers though, but there are applications where it would be handy to have more than one OS (or instances of it) running on the same APU.
- The current APU generation is available with 2 or 4 GB RAM. When thinking of a new APU generation with quad-cores, then I guess it would make sense to offer a 4 and an 8 GB option. Of course, this would increase the cost somewhat.
- Only a detail, but it would be very handy: A socket for the CR2032 cell. No more soldering just for replacing the cell.
- mSATA- and miniPCIe-slots are fine, but the newer M.2 standard is gaining in popularity fast. The choice of mSATA SSDs is decreasing, while a lot of new SSDs come in the new M.2 form factor.