AMD has unveiled in India its new AMD Fusion Chipset, aimed at enabling developers higher processing speed and better graphics allowing them create futuristic, visually rich applications with no-compromise performance even on small form factor devices.
The AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) represents a significant shift in processor architecture and capabilities, as it combines high-performance serial computing and parallel graphics processing cores onto a single die to improve graphics and data-intensive tasks.
The AMD Fusion Platform delivers a complete, full-featured embedded platform incorporating the latest low-power, x86 CPU based on the “Bobcat” core with a world-class DirectX 11-capable GPU and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon.
The new AMD Fusion Platform consists of a graphics card (GPU) and microprocessor (CPU) on a single chip, allowing computer-makers develop new form factors for devices, ushering in the what AMD terms as “third era of computing” in thye history of X86 based processors.
The embedded APU in AMD Fusion platform also includes a dedicated high-definition video accelerated block and a high speed bus that speeds data across differing types of processor cores within the same design and allow longer battery life.
The AMD Fusion based accelerated processor (APU) combines more compute capabilities on a single die than any processor in the history of computing and is seen as major advancements in embedded systems.
The AMD Fusion platform would facilitate building of the small-form factor computing devices, in addition to providing the long-battery-life in laptops, while allowing users enjoy the powerful, next-generation graphics experiences.
Over 11 AMD Fusion-based systems are planned to be launched in India in the first half of this year 2011 itself from leading manufacturers, that includes Sony, HP, Dell, Lenovo, ASUS, MSI and Toshiba.
The AMD Fusion based APU would come in two versions based on performance and low power draw:
- The E-series, an 18 watt TDP APU codenamed Zacate is for ultra-thin, mainstream and value notebooks as well as desktops and all-in-ones.
- The C series is a nine-watt APU formerly codenamed Ontario for netbooks and small form factor desktops and devices.
The AMD Fusion based systems are claimed to delivers overall 65% faster graphics performance and the combination of both these processors claim to deliver greater power efficiency with over 10 hours of battery life.
In addition, with the embedded Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) offering parallel processing power the AMD APU can support two-way high-definition video chat over data links with even limited bandwidth.
AMD Fusion technology would enable applications such as Internet browsing, watching HD video, PowerPoint more immersive, visually rich, and intuitive experiences for consumers worldwide.