AMD's Fusion APUs kick off at CES 2011

Jos

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After years of talks, demonstrations and endless delays AMD is delivering its Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. It’s 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.

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Sarcasm

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

Zecias

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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

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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

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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?
http://ve3d.ign.com/articles/news/51842/Intel-Cans-Larrabee-Chipset/p1/c2/
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.