AMD officials at Computex showed off one of the company's upcoming Fusion APUs, which combine a CPU, GPU and various accelerators on a single die, and which will be available for use in desktops and notebooks in the first half of 2011.
Advanced Micro Devices officials June 1 gave Computex attendees the first
public demonstration of a Fusion processor, technology that is scheduled for
release in the first half of 2011.
Fusion is AMD's effort to
create what the company is calling APUs (accelerated processing units), which
bring together "CPU, GPU, video processing and other accelerator
capabilities" on a single die.
AMD is integrating its x86
CPU expertise with the GPU technology acquired when it bought ATI
for $5.4 billion in 2006.
During his address at the Computex show in Taipei, Taiwan, Rick
Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's
Product Group, ran a clip of the recent film "Alien vs. Predator" on
a system powered by a Fusion APU, according
to reports. Bergman also showed off a wafer holding Fusion chips, though he
reportedly would not let the media take photos of it.
AMD officials have said the
company is readying two versions of the Fusion APU-"Llanno"
and a low-power model called "Ontario"-for
release in the first half of 2011. The chip vendor already has sent out samples
to certain customers.
The goal is to create technology that can handle the visual and
data-intensive workloads that are becoming more commonplace. AMD
is not the only tech vendor seeing the trend. Cisco Systems officials June 2
predicted that 91 percent of all global
consumer IP traffic will be video-based
AMD's representatives were
joined onstage at Computex by Microsoft officials who talked about how the
Fusion APUs would benefit users of Windows 7 and DirectX 11.
In addition, AMD is working
to expand the base of manufacturers that will incorporate Fusion chips into
their systems. The company unveiled the AMD
Fusion Fund, which will financially help companies that want to build systems
that will run on the APUs.
Projects that can be considered for funding include those
involving application and tool development, device designs, and PC components.
In late May, AMD
hired Manju Hegde,
vice president of rival Nvidia's CUDA technical
marketing business, to run the Fusion program.