AMD Announces "Fusion" CPU/GPU Program
Anh Tuan Huynh
October 25, 2006 4:46 AM
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The future of CPU/GPU computing
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
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
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
processor. It is unknown if AMD will retain the current Athlon and Opteron names with the launch of
. 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
open architecture as well.
In addition to
, 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.
reported on ATI's chipset roadmap which outlined various integrated graphics and enthusiast products.
With the development of
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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10/25/2006 10:13:52 AM
I've always liked AMD and I am sure that they will produce a great product. It may not be suitable for gamers, but who really plays hardcore games on a laptop anyways? What I am really hoping for is that they will push ATI to support Linux as well as Nvidia does.
RE: Linux Drivers
10/25/2006 12:56:41 PM
Yeah I have both ATI and Nvidia graphics cards.
However for 2 gpus that are comparable in windows, under linux the nvidia one runs about twice as fast because ATI drivers for linux are lame.
I'm glad AMD likes linux, and agree that AMD should apply some pressure to ATI to get their act together on optimising drivers.
Linux is increasingly important and gaining market share (even before vista launches) so until ATI drivers improve, my next gpus will be Nvidia.
RE: Linux Drivers
10/25/2006 3:40:44 PM
CPUs have had open instruction set architectures forever. (How else was one to use the device?!) Will AMD be lame like almost everybody else and not let us have the information necessary to make open drivers for the graphics portion, so that we will have to reverse-engineer this architecture as well?
If the gamers want their drivers optimized with secret and/or patented algorithms out the wazoo, that's just great for them. But some of us don't want closed drivers, if at all possible. Please, can we have some documentation?---and not under NDA; that doesn't count.
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