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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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FPU Comment WASN"T ORTON. It was Meyer
By geo1 on 7/24/2006 11:54:50 PM , Rating: 2

Kristopher--

Suggest you listen again at 1:06 to 1:08:30 ago. The FPU heresy (well, I'm a high-end graphics guy!) did not come from Orton's mouth. It came from Meyer. Orton talked about having a graphics-specific pc platform as one of the choices. Any chance you'd correct?




By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 7/25/2006 5:48:32 AM , Rating: 2
Hi geo1:

Thanks, I apologize if that caused anyone any confusion. I also cleaned up Meyer's quote a little earlier too, we truncated part of his comment.

Thank you,

Kristopher


By geo1 on 7/25/2006 9:22:17 AM , Rating: 2

No, thank you, Kristopher for cleaning it up when you became aware of it. Best. geo


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