AMD has shipped 5 million Fusion chips, sold out last quarter

By on May 30, 2011, 8:00 AM

Advanced Micro Devices has shipped about 5 million of its power-efficient Fusion processors since their introduction in Q4 2010. In fact, the company sold out of the Fusion processor in its most recent fiscal quarter, in which it sold somewhere between 3.5 million and 4 million units. "Demand far exceeded supply," Raymond Dumbeck, product marketing manager for AMD's mobile products, told CNET.

This number will increase when AMD discloses more numbers at the end of the current quarter. AMD hopes that Fusion will dent Intel's Atom shipments, and this may actually come to pass since Fusion is selling more than half the average number of Atom processors per quarter.

Manufacturers like Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and Sony are creating new 11.6-inch laptops designed around Fusion that they are selling as small laptops, as opposed to netbooks. In this way, they can market the devices as smaller, and thus more portable, than typical laptops, without making them appear to have lower performance, as netbooks tend to.

Last month, AMD revealed that its upcoming A75 and A70M FCH Fusion chipsets will have an integrated USB 3.0 controller. System builders have already had access to those chips for a while. This was only a little after we learned of Intel's plans to include USB 3.0 support in its 7-Series Panther Point chipset, due sometime during the first half of 2012 alongside its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors.

Correction: In an earlier version of this post it was wrongfully stated that the Fusion CPUs tend to underperform against Intel's Atom. The opposite is usually the case as covered in our early look to the AMD Zacate/Fusion processor last February. See the full review here.




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Guest said:

Um, please show me what benchmarks Atom beats Fusion in, I have seen quite a few of them, and there are none at which Atom beats Fusion.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Probably on raw computing power, not considering the video part Guest. Also consider they talk about the counterparts meaning dual core Atoms (Which some probably come with Ion). Though price-wise they can't be beat together.

Cota Cota said:

Guest said:

Um, please show me what benchmarks Atom beats Fusion in, I have seen quite a few of them, and there are none at which Atom beats Fusion.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_list.php Knock yourself out

amstech amstech, TechSpot Enthusiast, said:

APU's are a mix.

Its unfair to compare it to a CPU or GPU.

Guest said:

I haven't heard of a single benchmark where atom outperforms zacate.

This article is obviously paid by intel marketing dollars.

I guess intel has to spend all that monopoly money somewhere.

Guest said:

Every benchmark shows the AMD trashing the new Intel Atom in almost everything but a few compression/decompression programs. In a real world usage scenario, the Atom can't hold a stick to the new AMD.

Guest said:

Going by those benchmarks the E-350 1.6ghz Fusion beats every single Atom processor. The C-50 1ghz dual core even bests most of the Atom line up including the 1.5ghz 550.

bakape said:

Indeed, benchmarks show Zacate to wipe the floor with Atom, except for heavily multithreaded tasks, where it catches up. The Zacate laptops stand firmly above Atoms, but bellow Core i3, at an Atom-like pricing. While still trashing Intel's integrated GPUs.

Guest said:

As an Acer Aspire 5253-bz602 (Amd Fusion E-350) laptop owner and user, I play Counterstrike Source at 45fps with details high, medium texture, HDR on, and 4X MSAA enabled at 1366x768. After heavy gaming, the laptop barely registered as being warm. All at $329. Contrast to my old Aspire core2duo with nvidia 8600mgt, which ran hot as hell.

The AMD E-350 fusion runs about as fast as my desktop, Pentium D 820 (2.8mhz). I know of NO atom reaching parity yet with my CPU/CPU combo.

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup.php?cpu=AMD+E-350

63Jax said:

loooooooooooool ''Although Atom chips beat comparable Fusion processors in benchmarks, Fusion is still decent''...

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Correction: In an earlier version of this post it was wrongfully stated that the Fusion CPUs tend to underperform against Intel's Atom. The opposite is usually the case as covered in our early look to the AMD Zacate/Fusion processor last February. See the full review here: [link]

Guest said:

AMD Fuson counterstrke source(be sure to enable multicore rendering):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOj5gQjcT5c&feature=playe
_detailpage#t=57s

World of Warcraft

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-7YGCyP0d0&feature=playe
_detailpage

Starcraft 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl9aZVj2pPA&feature=playe
_detailpage#t=99s

Call of Duty MW2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eb1fOCLKD_A&feature=playe
_detailpage#t=111s

AMD Fusion an 18watt TDP CPU/CPU, good for older games, I guess the closest approximation is Nvidia 8600MGT performance.

Future drivers will certainly eek out a few more fps potential as it matures.

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