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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: sounds good
By indianpunk on 7/18/2007 4:52:56 AM , Rating: 2
i agree with you bro max u upload part by part maybe and just maybe ram but with already 4 gb ram possible and pc upgrades being Possible every 12-15 months (See anandtech article on intel price drops u'll know the trend )

I'll be going for a cheaper amd athlon x2 at the time being but i am sure come next august quad core will be cheaper by dozen and 1 tb's will be common as well and maybe just maybe ddr3 will be free flowing as well

RE: sounds good
By mmarq on 7/20/2007 12:48:40 AM , Rating: 2
"" but i am sure come next august quad core will be cheaper by dozen and 1 tb's will be common as well and maybe just maybe ddr3 will be free flowing as well ""

Without wanting to be ironic as you, but it seems you missed the point completely.

You can have a ready rig for all connected cache coherent GPGPU and CPU/GPUs, this year, and for Vista Ultimate or Linux!!... there are tradeoffs, there are always tradeoffs... (see here)

But don't have to wait for 1 tbs rams, free ddr3, quads or other pointless quarks...


Forget about 16- 80 core cpus, intel, amd or whatever, tera of ram or other bull to make you lighter in the pockets... this is a revolution!

"" By contrast, ad-hoc stream processors easily reach over 10x performance ""

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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