AMD talks, demos first Fusion APU at Computex

AMD logoJune 1st, 2010, the first day of this year's Computex show is going down in history as the day AMD offered the first glimpse of its long-promised Fusion APU (accelerated processing unit) that has 'regular' processing cores and one graphics core on the same die.

During the Fusion presentation at Computex, Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group, confirmed that AMD is currently sampling both Llano Ontario APUs and that the release target remains 1H 2011. Llano is a mainstream chip manufactured on 32nm process technology that will have up to four x86 cores and an integrated DirectX 11 GPU, while Ontario is a low-power solution that targets slimmer, more portable form factors (netbooks, tablets even).

While no actual APUs were showcased (wafers look nice but don't really count), there was an Aliens vs. Predator DX11 demo claimed to be running on a system powered by an APU. It wasn't much, just a Predator going through a jungle, not killing marines or aliens but it will have to do for now. Hopefully later this year we'll get some more significant demonstrations.

In support of the upcoming APUs, AMD has also officially announced the creation of the Fusion Fund which is headed by ex-Nvidia exec Manju Hegde and aims to make investments in companies that develop applications, solution for Fusion chips.

For more info about AMD's Fusion technology check out this page.

Source: TechConnect

Tags: AMD, CPUs

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