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AMD and ATI are already planning scalable designs for 2008
"Torrenza" platforms and unified GPU/CPU processors

AMD announced the $5.4B USD takeover of ATI earlier today, but the new company is already making large plans for the future.  Dave Orton, soon-to-be Executive Vice President of AMD's ATI Division, claimed that AMD and ATI would begin leveraging the sales of both companies by 2007.  However, a slide from the AMD/ATI merger documentation has already shown some interesting development plans for 2008.

Specifically, it appears as though AMD and ATI are planning unified, scalable platforms using a mixture of AMD CPUs, ATI chipsets and ATI GPUs.  This sort of multi-GPU, multi-CPU architecture is extremely reminiscent of AMD's Torrenza technology announced this past June, which allows low-latency communications between chipset, CPU and main memory. The premise for Torrenza is to open the channel for embedded chipset development from 3rd party companies. AMD said the technology is an open architecture, allowing what it called "accelerators" to be plugged into the system to perform special duties, similar to the way we have a dedicated GPU for graphics.

Furthermore, AMD President Dirk Meyer also confirmed that in addition to multi-processor platforms, stating "As we look towards ever finer manufacturing geometries we see the opportunity to integrate CPU and GPU cores together onto the same die to better serve the needs of some segments."  A clever DailyTech reader recently pointed out that AMD just recently filed its first graphics-oriented patent a few weeks ago.  The patent, titled "CPU and graphics unit with shared cache" seems to indicate that these pet projects at AMD are a little more than just pipe dreams.

During the AMD/ATI merger conference call, Meyer furthermore added that not too long ago, floating point processing was done on a separate piece of silicon.  Meyer claimed that the trend for the FPU integration into the CPU may not be too different than the evolution of the GPU into the CPU.

Bob Rivet, AMD's Chief Financial Officer, claims the combined company will save nearly $75M USD in licensing and development overlap in 2007 alone, and another $125M in 2008.  Clearly the combined development between the two companies has a few cogs in motion already.

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By Randalllind on 7/24/2006 5:19:03 PM , Rating: 2
So what do they want from us? Buy motherboard with intergrated GPU then 4gb of ram on board then allocate half of it to video?

On board video will never over take a single video card. But, who knows if they make it where you can put 512mb to 1 gb for video card and leave another gb or so of memory for the pc it may work great.

By Eris23007 on 7/24/2006 8:33:51 PM , Rating: 1

Don't be so sure you can predict future trends. There are a number of factors that could lead to CPU-GPU integration enjoying a huge advantage. For example, a second memory controller with a separate physical path to separate physical sticks of memory, which might very well be GDDR4 or somesuch. Since AMTDI (ATMID?) makes the chipsets, GPUs, and CPUs, they could very well create such a product.

"Nobody will ever need more than 640K of RAM".

I rest my case.

By oTAL on 7/25/2006 10:48:47 AM , Rating: 2
That constant missquote is starting to get on my nerve....
If you wanna quote someone, please do it right...

By oTAL on 7/25/2006 11:13:50 AM , Rating: 2
Here's a nice quote by Bill Gates, for all those people who hammer on intellectual property theft:

"Stolen's a strong word. It's copyrighted content that the owner wasn't paid for."
Source: Bill Gates on ...the Competition, Wall Street Journal, 2006-06-19

He is a very intelligent man. Don't attribute stupid quotes to him without at least doing a google search.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs

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