AMD is to preview its Fusion APU, codenamed Zacate, in San Francisco, while rival Intel plans an unveiling of its Sandy Bridge chip.
Chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices announced next week in San Francisco the company would
unveil the first North America public demonstrations of its Fusion
Accelerated Processing Unit, known as Zacate. The APU is a
dual-core, 18-watt TDP processor containing discrete-level graphics
capabilities on die. AMD said the processor is designed to
"dramatically improve" the user's PC experience by offering full HD
streaming online video, a DirectX 11-compliant platform and accelerated
Internet browsing capability.
The demonstrations will run from Monday, Sept. 13 through Wednesday,
Sept. 15. The accelerated Internet browsing demonstration will show how
Zacate-based platforms support the future of GPU-enabled Web browsing
today and how these platforms perform side-by-side against currently
available AMD- and Intel processor-based notebooks. Senior executives
and engineers responsible for AMD Fusion APUs will be on hand for the
event, the release stated.
"Targeting value and mainstream notebooks and desktops, 'Zacate'
APU-based platforms bring many of the vivid digital computing
experiences once reserved for high-end PCs into the opening price
points of the mainstream segment," a company release stated. The
company recently blogged
about the processor during Berlin's IFA 2010 consumer electronics show.
The dual low-power CPU cores, codenamed Bobcat, provide mainstream CPU
performance in less than one-half the die area and a fraction of the
power, according to director of Fusion marketing John Taylor.
He wrote the APU itself would come in two flavors based on performance and low power draw: Zacate, about the size of a one-euro coin
designed for ultrathin, mainstream, and value notebooks as well as
desktops and all-in-ones and a 9-watt APU codenamed Ontario for
netbooks and small form factor desktops and devices. "Both low-power
APU versions feature two Bobcat x86 cores and fully support DirectX11,
DirectCompute ( the Microsoft programming interface for GPU computing)
and OpenCL (cross-platform programming interface standard for
multicore x86 and accelerated GPU computing)," Taylor wrote. "Both
also include UVD dedicated hardware acceleration for HD video including
Intel CEO Paul Otellini is opening up a new battle in the never-ending
war between the two companies by holding a rival demonstration, also in
San Francisco, at the company's Intel Developer Forum. The chip,
Intel's first to offers graphics capabilities built into the processor,
is codenamed Sandy Bridge. "Increasingly the single-chip device for all
these gadgets and widgets and cars and TVs is where the volume is going
to be," Otellini said in an interview
with the Wall Street Journal.
AMD also unveiled the newest member of its ATI FirePro family, the
FirePro V9800, featuring support for up to six monitors. With an
estimated retail price of $3,499, the V9800 offers six Mini DisplayPort
outputs, built using ATI's Eyefinity technology and providing desktop
resolution of up to 5760 x 2160, 4GB of GDDR5 memory and a 1.25x
increased compute stream processor performance and an increase of 2.27x
in single- and double-precision performance, according to a company
Powered by 1,600 stream processors, V9800 offers support for stereo 3D
capability, supporting active shutter glasses via the on-board 3-pin
connector, as well as passive and auto-stereoscopic displays and
projectors. Additionally, AMD said with support for the FirePro S400
synchronization module, up to four V9800 graphics cards could be
synchronized (genlock, framelock), delivering up to 24 synchronized
outputs from a single computer.
The senior manager of 3D and PLM (Product Lifecycle Management)
applications 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) applications
specialist at Dassault Syst???mes, Jerome Maillot, called the ability to drive six display
outputs simultaneously and achieve such a large image on a very high
resolution display a great step forward for engineering
collaboration. "Sharing a 3D model at full scale and achieving a
significant cost reduction at the same time sounds like a dream, yet it
is a reality," Maillot said. "It is clear the FirePro V9800 professional
graphics card has delivered the high level of technology our company
has come to expect."