Saturday, June 28th 2008

Details of the First Fusion Derivative Called 'Shrike' Surface

AMD Fusion, the latest buzzword in the industry, simply put is a complex chip called Accelerated Processing Unit (APU), with a dual-core CPU, graphics processor, a PCI-Express switch and a DDR3 memory controller all rolled into one. This level of integration helps reduce system-level latencies, thereby improving performance and more importantly, reducing overall power-consumption and heat output, bringing it into the ultra-low power niche. AMD claims performance increments scaling up to 20 per cent for the CPU and up to 35 per cent for the GPU. Its compact package allows manufacturers to use it in building less than 1 inch thick notebooks.

The platform codenamed 'Shrike' is the first implementation of this design methodology. This industry schematic shows the various components of it. Shrike is slated for a H2, 2009 release. While it's not aimed to compete directly with the Intel Centrino Atom or VIA Isiah, it could just become a competitive platform for portable computing. Shrike consists of an APU codenamed "Swift" that connects to an external southbridge chip.


Source: GottaBeMobile
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14 Comments on Details of the First Fusion Derivative Called 'Shrike' Surface

#1
largon
This might be perfect for a HTPC...
Too bad it's still a K10 and not Bulldozer.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Yes, HTPC, more importantly notebooks.
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#3
hat
Maximum Overclocker
If this comes out in desktop form can I use this with my 8600gts to gain graphics performance?
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by: hat
If this comes out in desktop form can I use this with my 8600gts to gain graphics performance?
If you mean SLI/Crossfire, then no. If you mean use the 8600 as the main card, then most likely.
This'll really give AMD a boost, they're a little down on sales lately.:(
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#5
Xajel
DDR3 ha

so this will come sometime in 2H09


and the core will be K10 based, I hope they move quickly to better core like the upcoming shanghai core for servers/desktop, ofcourse with the same focus on mobile redesign like this shrike
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#6
acperience7
I don't see a connection for the Northbridge in the picture, just the Southbridge. Does this new chip eliminate it?
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#7
panchoman
Sold my stars!
i hope these will socketed, so we can swap out the shrikes and upgrade our lappys
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btarunr
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by: acperience7
I don't see a connection for the Northbridge in the picture, just the Southbridge. Does this new chip eliminate it?
Yes. All components of the NB (PCI-E switch, Memory controller, Hypertransport, A-Link) are all in the APU. The NB is completely eliminated. All that remains is an A-Link (PCI-E 2.0 x4 link) between the APU and the southbridge.

by: panchoman
i hope these will socketed, so we can swap out the shrikes and upgrade our lappys
Too bad you can't upgrade the current Turion lappies with these. These feature a DDR3 memory controller, and major architectural differences over the current Turion Ultra.
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panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: btarunr
Yes. All components of the NB (PCI-E switch, Memory controller, Hypertransport, A-Link) are all in the APU. The NB is completely eliminated. All that remains is an A-Link (PCI-E 2.0 x4 link) between the APU and the southbridge.



Too bad you can't upgrade the current Turion lappies with these. These feature a DDR3 memory controller, and major architectural differences over the current Turion Ultra.
i like how some ati graphics chips on lappys are socketed.. too bad the only way to upgrade those would be to obtain a chip from another laptop as you cant just go on newegg and order a gpu core for your lappy :(
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btarunr
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by: panchoman
i like how some ati graphics chips on lappys are socketed.. too bad the only way to upgrade those would be to obtain a chip from another laptop as you cant just go on newegg and order a gpu core for your lappy :(
The reason I feel they're socketed is not that you change the GPU at will but that it becomes easy for manufacturers to draw variants for models. Say you have a model of a lappy, they'll make it have three (or so) variants, the cheapest one, there's no GPU, the IGP runs graphics, in the second one, a decent GPU is simply installed into the socket, in the highest variant, a 1337 GPU is installed.
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#11
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
I always thought this was AMDs cpu/gpu mix into one. Now I find out its something totally different. Still pretty damn awesome though.
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btarunr
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by: WarEagleAU
I always thought this was AMDs cpu/gpu mix into one. Now I find out its something totally different. Still pretty damn awesome though.
It is a CPU + GPU + NB mix :)
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#13
panchoman
Sold my stars!
by: btarunr
The reason I feel they're socketed is not that you change the GPU at will but that it becomes easy for manufacturers to draw variants for models. Say you have a model of a lappy, they'll make it have three (or so) variants, the cheapest one, there's no GPU, the IGP runs graphics, in the second one, a decent GPU is simply installed into the socket, in the highest variant, a 1337 GPU is installed.
yup, but wouldn't it be awesome if we buy the igp version due to budget and later want to upgrade the 1337 gpu version and we could just order the chip and pop it in?
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
It would be awesome, fo-sho! But the reason being having a socketted GPU is more of logistic than from an upgradability POV. A socket alone lets them draw multiple SKU's out of the same thing.
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