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AMD's Giuseppe Amato dispels rumors and misinterpreted statements of "Fusion," GPGPU and the company

In an interview with Italian media, AMD Executive Giuseppe Amato, Technical Director of Sales & Marketing EMEA, discussed AMD's current market position and future products.

In the interview, Amato shed more light on the structure of AMD's upcoming Fusion processors. A misconception that Amato noted is that Fusion processors will not only be available in single-chip flavors, but also multi-chip formats. Two Fusion processors linked together would allow for parallel GPUs. He said that AMD has still not solidified the future plans of Fusion yet, but indicated it would be very likely to see a Fusion processor with a GPU and CPU connected through a CrossFire-like interface -- and have a total TDP of less than 120 Watts.

Amato also praised the flexibility of the Fusion processor in the interview and told Hardware Upgrade that it will allow AMD to "integrate a specific number of GPU and CPU cores depending on the customer and the uses for which they will use the chip." 

"AMD isn't just a microprocessor company anymore", he stated. After the acquisition of ATI, "AMD changed from a processor company to a platform company." This is where Fusion ties in. Its high grade of flexibility will combine GPUs and CPUs into one product. Amato believes that Fusion platforms will be able to specifically match the needs of its customers.

AMD's Fusion processors will also be closely tied to GPGPU. Using a GPGPU platform based on Fusion, AMD will be able to offer HPC systems that can do all kinds of work. Code that is more suited for CPUs will be executed on the CPU part of the Fusion processor, while code more efficiently run on a GPGPU will be run on the GPU portion of the processor. To sum it up, AMD's Fusion processors will be able to do a variety of work, allowing them to better meet the needs of AMD's customers.

Amato also dispelled rumors that AMD will be going completely fabless. He blames the source of the rumor as a misinterpretation of a speech Hector Ruiz gave. However, AMD plans to stick to a fab-less manufacturing model for GPU and chipset products.

The full interview can be viewed at Hardware Upgrade.


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RE: GPU
By Christobevii3 on 7/16/2007 3:36:27 PM , Rating: 2
I think it would be cool if they could combine the cpu, graphics, and northbridge into a single chip that uses like 40 watts of power under load and like 5w on idle for laptops.

Something on par with the 7300gts would be enough.


RE: GPU
By rdeegvainl on 7/16/07, Rating: -1
RE: GPU
By OrSin on 7/16/2007 3:48:11 PM , Rating: 1
I think it would be cool to have sex with triplets all at once too. Really making a statement that is no where near happening is worthless. Unless you are talking about mini-itx type systems, but my guess since it posted here you are talking about real usable systems.


RE: GPU
By kenji4life on 7/16/2007 4:19:52 PM , Rating: 1
Wait, you mean you've never had sex with triplets? It's almost as much fun as having sex with three unrelated girls (no incest going on and all). But seriously, this kind of thinking is not much different than "omg this 800 mb hard drive will never get full, I'll never have to buy another one for the rest of my life!" <- Or are you too young to remember when a 5.25" hdd was lucky to hold more than a few mb?


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