Tuesday, January 4th 2011

AMD Announces Beginning of Fusion APU Era

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, AMD launched a new class of accelerated processor that combines more compute capabilities than any processor in the history of computing. The AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) incorporate – in a single die design – multi-core CPU (x86) technology, a powerful DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and parallel processing engine, a dedicated high-definition video acceleration block, and a high-speed bus that speeds data across the differing types of processor cores within the design. New generations of desktop, notebook and HD netbooks are now available based on AMD Fusion APUs at affordable price points. Tablets and embedded designs based on AMD Fusion APUs are expected be available later in Q1 2011. The new range of products features include stutter-free HD video playback, breakthroughs in computational horsepower to handle the most demanding applications, DirectX 11-capable graphics and all-day battery life.

AMD expects leading manufacturers Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba to announce plans to deliver AMD Fusion APU-based systems at very compelling value and mainstream price points.

“We believe that AMD Fusion processors are, quite simply, the greatest advancement in processing since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. “In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that can deliver all-day battery life.i It’s a new category, a new approach, and opens up exciting new experiences for consumers.”

HD 2.0 Everywhere
High definition (HD) content is ubiquitous today. From YouTube videos to DirectX 11 games to Blu-ray, the world is tapping into various ways to enjoy this content with the computer serving as the hub. And thanks to the VISION Engine from AMD, a set of capabilities unique to all AMD Fusion APU-powered PCs, the visual side of computing never looked more vivid and realistic. The VISION Engine is an unmatched combination of:
  • DirectX 11-capable graphics
  • Massive parallel processing to speed application performance
  • The UVD3 video acceleration block found in the new AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series GPUs
  • Unique graphics driver capabilities updated on a monthly basis to continuously improve visual performance
Selecting a PC equipped with the VISION Engine and software from AMD partners means Internet browsing is a faster, application-like experience; 1080p HD video playback is gorgeous, smooth and quiet; standard definition video looks high-definition; 2D content can be converted into stereoscopic 3D; even the most graphics-intensive websites load quickly; manipulating HD content is fast and easy; and 3D gaming at HD resolutions is fast and life-like.iv

Personal Supercomputing
Much of a computing experience is linked to software and, until now, software developers have been held back by the independent nature in which CPUs and GPUs process information. However, AMD Fusion APUs remove this obstacle and allow developers to take full advantage of the parallel processing power of a GPU – more than 500 GFLOPs for the upcoming A-Series “Llano” APUv – thus bringing supercomputer-like performance to every day computing tasks. More applications can run simultaneously and they can do so faster than previous designs in the same class.

AMD AllDay Power
Additionally, AMD Fusion technology enables all-day battery life – 10 hours or more.i The new power-saving features present in the single-chip design greatly extend the time between plug-ins, even when enjoying HD content.

Out power and Outperform: E-Series, C-Series and A-Series APUs
The 2011 low power platform (formerly codenamed “Brazos”) enhances the everyday computing experience and is available beginning today in two APU variations: E-Series and C-Series. These APUs feature the new x86 CPU core codenamed “Bobcat”. “Bobcat” is AMD’s first new x86 core since 2003 and was designed from the ground up to deliver stellar mobile performance.

The 2011 mainstream platform is primarily intended for performance and mainstream notebooks and mainstream desktops. It will feature the 32nm die A-Series “Llano” APU, which includes up to four x86 cores and a DirectX 11-capable discrete-level GPU, and is scheduled to ship in the first half of 2011 and appear in products mid-year.
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16 Comments on AMD Announces Beginning of Fusion APU Era

#1
bear jesus
I'm very interested to see what fusion will bring in the coming months as i intend to get a laptop/notebook/netbook to travel with and more options are always better.

I have to laugh at AMD's marketing of fusion though, a perfect example here :roll:
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v12dock
by: bear jesus
I'm very interested to see what fusion will bring in the coming months as i intend to get a laptop/notebook/netbook to travel with and more options are always better.

I have to laugh at AMD's marketing of fusion though, a perfect example here :roll:
ROFL... Best marketing ever!
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#3
wiak
by: bear jesus
I'm very interested to see what fusion will bring in the coming months as i intend to get a laptop/notebook/netbook to travel with and more options are always better.

I have to laugh at AMD's marketing of fusion though, a perfect example here :roll:
then you havnt seen this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QkyfGJgcwQ :roll:
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bear jesus
by: wiak
then you havnt seen this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QkyfGJgcwQ :roll:
:laugh: yes i have, i should have been more general in my comment, almost every single AMD marketing video makes me laugh although i have to wonder if they had the budget to put these ad's on TV would they have more market share?
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#5
Atom_Anti
I would like to see performance benchmark here at TPU. How long do I have to wait?
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#6
HalfAHertz
AHAHAAHAHAHAH

*Ahem* What I've seen from the die shots of the fusion APU, the GFX core takes something like 80-85% of the die and the two cpu cores are tiny. Does anyone kbow if they can run in 64 bit?
If so, excuse my backwards thinking, but what I'd like to see is AMD sticking a bunch of these tiny cores together (think 16+), beef up the memory controller and start selling them as ultra low powered server solutions for light tasks like virtualized storage and mail clients, etc.
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#7
BorgOvermind
9W in uber-low.
If this tech gets followed by Ni-Zn batteries, we could end up even with 24h battery lifetime.
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#8
bogie
So a new Sandybridge or a new Fusion laptop? We need comparisons and benchies! :nutkick:
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#9
OneCool
Be curious to see some operating temperatures
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#10
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
These will be cool when you can have a super gaming notebook that lasts more than 10min ga,ing give me a 11.6" netbook with a quad and 5770 equal in it
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#11
jamsbong
Sandy bridge is a very fast x86 CPU with some outdated GPU.

AMD's APU is made a relatively slow x86 CPU (to save energy) coupled with a decent up-to-date GPU with dx11.

I really think AMD has this one secured in terms of technology.

Lets see how the reviewers treat the APU.
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#12
bogie
I'd happily lose some cpu grunt for better graphics. Still need a dual core in a lappy though. I'll be looking for a slimline 13" laptop when these are released, most likely a toshiba or an asus one.
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#13
alexsubri
AMD is working on the most powerful processor in the world. It is codenamed Chuck Norris.
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#14
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: jamsbong
Sandy bridge is a very fast x86 CPU with some outdated GPU.

AMD's APU is made a relatively slow x86 CPU (to save energy) coupled with a decent up-to-date GPU with dx11.

I really think AMD has this one secured in terms of technology.

Lets see how the reviewers treat the APU.
What I don't understand is why not start with a phenom base and add the gpu I'm sure its die size as regor is smaller than deneb but still you would think l3 would help a bit for performance especially since as a package this isn't a giant improvement over let's say an undervolted/clocked regor based notebook with external 4200. In fact its about the same for chipset+gpu+cpu as chipset+apu mainly cause they just duct taped them together...I know this is a start but let's see a real innovation not a mobile i3 with a better gpu. Like I said I want amd to do a quad core with 5770 like graphics I know its possible on todays chips heck it was on yesterdays chips to this day I set up my dads htpc (his fathers day gift 2yrs ago) with a 9150e and undervolted the cpu to close to 35 watts with the stock 1.8ghz with the onboard 8200 and my ssd total system at the wall was maybe 45w on bluray and 80-90w peak. New quads are way lower at that clock not to mention the 8200 isn't exactly gods gift to power consumption. I see a huge market hole in this and wish amd could address it...3dcad sucks on my single core and duals can't render much better a quad and good vga would be heavan for jobsites or mobile business :/

by: bogie
I'd happily lose some cpu grunt for better graphics. Still need a dual core in a lappy though. I'll be looking for a slimline 13" laptop when these are released, most likely a toshiba or an asus one.
I have been very impressed with the acer/packard bell/gateway stuff lately I am looking for a new 11.6" netbook to replace my current gateway in my syspecs
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#15
Steevo
If AMD is saying the new cores are to the new intel chips what a "FX" was to a P4....... then couple that onto a new on die GPU.
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#16
NC37
Sure hope Apple finally takes notice and uses these. Caught some rumors awhile back that they were looking into it but nothing turned up yet. I might actually buy a Mac laptop again if they dropped in some AMD tech...tho I'd probably settle for a nice Toshiba if given the choice :lol:.

Then again, do need a new Mac laptop to replace my aging iBook G4 which I still use despite being unable to read portions of the keyboard. Junk Intel chips and mediocre NV parts have just kept me holding back.
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