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The future of CPU/GPU computing

With the completion of AMD’s acquisition of ATI, AMD has announced its working on new CPU/GPU silicon that integrates the CPU and graphics processor into a single unit. The upcoming silicon is currently codenamed Fusion and is expected in the late 2008 or early 2009 time frame. AMD claims Fusion will bring:

AMD intends to design Fusion processors to provide step-function increases in performance-per-watt relative to today’s CPU-only architectures, and to provide the best customer experience in a world increasingly reliant upon 3D graphics, digital media and high-performance computing. With Fusion processors, AMD will continue to promote an open platform and encourage companies throughout the ecosystem to create innovative new co-processing solutions aimed at further optimizing specific workloads. AMD-powered Fusion platforms will continue to fully support high-end discrete graphics, physics accelerators, and other PCI Express-based solutions to meet the ever-increasing needs of the most demanding enthusiast end-users.

AMD expects to integrate Fusion for all its product categories including laptops, desktops, workstation, servers and consumer electronics products. Judging by the inclusion of PCI Express support, it would appear the integrated GPU is more of a value solution—similar to Intel’s cancelled Timna processor. It is unknown if AMD will retain the current Athlon and Opteron names with the launch of Fusion. This isn't too surprising as AMD and ATI previously promised unified product development including vague mentions of hybrid CPU and GPU products. AMD also previously announced its Torrenza open architecture as well.

In addition to Fusion, AMD expects to ship integrated platforms with ATI chipsets in 2007. The platforms are expected empower commercial clients, notebooks, gaming and media computing. AMD expects users will benefit from greater battery life on the next-generation Turion platforms and greater enhancements with AMD Live! systems. DailyTech previously reported on ATI's chipset roadmap which outlined various integrated graphics and enthusiast products.

With the development of Fusion and upcoming integrated AMD platforms, it is unknown what will happen to NVIDIA’s chipset business, which currently relies mainly on AMD chipset sales.

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Nvidia / Intel
By shamgar03 on 10/25/2006 9:49:04 AM , Rating: 2
The only thing that worries me about this, is that it could push intel and nvidia closer. I would rather nvidia stay independent so that we get more graphics competition. Hopefully AMD can keep up with intel until this actually comes out, because they are a bit behind right now.

RE: Nvidia / Intel
By Lazarus Dark on 10/25/2006 11:24:36 AM , Rating: 3
well, they all copy each other and then try and oneup the competition so expect a similar announcement from intel by next idf.

I welcome it. especially if it can be multipurpose. I dont game that much and mostly need a gpu for high def h.264 hardware acceleration, which honestly is a waste of most of the video card.

don't forget windows new display driver. even if it just runs windows, an integrated gpu makes sense. we could get rid of the current north/south bridge crap making for smaller, less complex, cheaper mobos, especially as pci and ide become unnecessary over the next few years. It will also increase upgradability, want more gpu?-add a pcie card. just need a little more?-maybe some system ram would help the integrated gpu. maybe sli/crossfire will work across integrated to pcie or the integrated could be used for physics?

with the move to 45nm and smaller this is the perfect time to start working on integrated gpu cores.

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