AMD's Fusion APUs kick off at CES 2011

By on January 4, 2011, 8:00 AM
After years of talks, demonstrations and endless delays AMD is delivering its Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) at this yearís Consumer Electronics Show. Itís been a long road since completing their $5.4 billion merger with ATI that promised to bring CPU and GPU together, and Intel even managed to beat them to the punch with Sandy Bridge, but it seems AMD is finally ready to take on its rival starting with the netbook and entry level laptop market.

The companyís marketing talk claims better graphics performance compared to Intelís current Atom platform, with DirectX 11 support, dedicated 1080p HD video processing and HDMI out, as well as better CPU performance and "all day" battery life that can hit 10 or more hours. There are four total chips in two families built around the new Bobcat core to start: ďZacateĒ takes the top two spots with the dual-core E-350 running at 1.6GHz and single-core E-240 clocked at 1.5GHz. Both pack a Radeon HD 6310 graphics processing unit featuring 80 cores clocked at 500MHz and have a TDP of 18 watts. Meanwhile, Ontario comes in the form of the dual-core C-50 and single-core C-30 running at 1.0 and 1.2GHz, respectively, and featuring a 280MHz Radeon HD 6250 GPU along a lower TDP of just 9W.


Lenovo already announced a system based around the E-Series, the 11.6-inch Lenovo X120e, and today HP has done the same by taking the wraps of its new Pavilion dm1 which carries carries 3GB of RAM and 320GB of storage as standard while supporting extras like GPS mapping and an external Blu-ray drive. We expect more announcements in the days ahead and the company says tablets and other embedded devices are coming in the first half of 2011.

Later this year AMD will also launch the 32nm architecture A-Series "Llano" APU for mainstream laptops and desktops, with four cores and a DirectX 11 graphics, followed by "Zambezi" desktop chips with four to eight Bulldozer cores.




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Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

Can someone fill me in on why is there such a need for integrated graphics so much when it's such low levels of performance? Or is this based squarely for the laptop market?

edison5do said:

The 10+ Hours of use looks promising..

Guest said:

years of work and they make a slightly slower processor compared to Intel ?

Zecias said:

sarcasm said:

Can someone fill me in on why is there such a need for integrated graphics so much when it's such low levels of performance? Or is this based squarely for the laptop market?

integrated graphics uses less energy, allowing for longer usage. these kinds are computers are for people that dont need gpu/cpu intensive processes. alot people use their computers just for word processing, watching videos, using the internet, and other things like that.

im pretty sure integrated graphics are only used in stuff like net books, laptops, phones, and tablets.

Sarcasm Sarcasm said:

zecias said:

sarcasm said:

Can someone fill me in on why is there such a need for integrated graphics so much when it's such low levels of performance? Or is this based squarely for the laptop market?

integrated graphics uses less energy, allowing for longer usage. these kinds are computers are for people that dont need gpu/cpu intensive processes. alot people use their computers just for word processing, watching videos, using the internet, and other things like that.

im pretty sure integrated graphics are only used in stuff like net books, laptops, phones, and tablets.

I see, that makes sense.

It's definitely not aimed towards graphics artists or gamers that's for sure lol

red1776 red1776, Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, said:

I see, that makes sense.

It's definitely not aimed towards graphics artists or gamers that's for sure lol

No its not...yet. This is the opening volley in the CPU/GPU integration. AMD/Intel had accomplished what no one else had though. Get it to work. Remember Larrabee?

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From what I can find on the subject, it looks like the time from fusion/2600/2500k IGP performance to discrete Graphics being in the rear view is about 3 years.

Like to hear from others on their take on this timeline.

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