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Old 01-04-11, 04:52 PM   #1
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Tuesday, January 4 2011
Press Release, AMD Announces Beginning of Fusion APU Era

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show, AMD launched a new class of accelerated processor that combines more compute capabilities than any processor in the history of computing. The AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) incorporate – in a single die design – multi-core CPU (x86) technology, a powerful DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and parallel processing engine, a dedicated high-definition video acceleration block, and a high-speed bus that speeds data across the differing types of processor cores within the design. New generations of desktop, notebook and HD netbooks are now available based on AMD Fusion APUs at affordable price points. Tablets and embedded designs based on AMD Fusion APUs are expected be available later in Q1 2011. The new range of products features include stutter-free HD video playback, breakthroughs in computational horsepower to handle the most demanding applications, DirectX 11-capable graphics and all-day battery life.

AMD expects leading manufacturers Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba to announce plans to deliver AMD Fusion APU-based systems at very compelling value and mainstream price points.

“We believe that AMD Fusion processors are, quite simply, the greatest advancement in processing since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. “In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that can deliver all-day battery life.i It’s a new category, a new approach, and opens up exciting new experiences for consumers.”

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Here is another good article about the Fusion at DaylyTech including few sub-links.
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AMD Fusion Netbook Processors Promise 10+ Hour Battery Life, DX11
Jason Mick (Blog) - January 4, 2011
AMD has faced a long and rocky road leading up to 2011. But the timely release of Fusion is a vindication of the company's vital acquisition of graphics maker ATI. That acquisition essentially turned around the company's image, giving it the top volume competitor in a major computer hardware market. Now it looks to further leverage that acquisition by combining the products of its two key units -- the CPU and GPU teams. One thing is for sure -- 2011 should be an exciting year for the netbook and notebook sector as AMD looks to turn up the heat on market leader Intel.
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I'm guessing that eventually AMDs purchase of ATI will propel them above Intel. Unless someone makes a huge break through with quantum processing the integration of GP-GPU technology is inevitable.

Purchasing a fairly mature Graphics Processing company vs. Intel trying to go it from scratch was a great long term move.

AMD should also benefit from the fact that as long Jen is alive Intel has a better chance of purchasing the White House than they do Nvidia.
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Old 01-04-11, 05:34 PM   #3
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Where are these CPUs? This must just be a paper launch?


I want something awesome from AMD like my old Opteron 160. Intels chips are VERY impressive, but who doesn't like some good competition?
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bi-tech 4th January 2011
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AMD Zacate mini-ITX Motherboards Preview
The first AMD Fusion APUs, codenamed Bobcat, have just been launched. What's more, we've already managed to have a look at a number of mini-ITX motherboards using the dual-core Zacate flavour of the CPU architecture.
The preview boards are:
Gigabyte GA-E350N-USB3
Asus E35MI-I Deluxe mini-ITX
MSI E350-E45 mini-ITX

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AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, 18W)
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AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics core (80 stream processors)
Five SATA 6Gbps ports and one eSATA port
PCI-Express 16x slot (actual bandwidth to be determined)
Two DDR3 1,333MHz slots (single channel) and the MemOK failsafe button
HDMI 1.3b and dual-link DVI-I (dual digital outputs supported)
Four USB 3.0 ports (two rear I/O and two pin-outs) and on/off charge
Eight USB 2.0 ports (four rear I/O, four pin-outs)
Bluetooth 3.0 and 802.11n Wireless
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AMD Delivers the World's First and Only APU for Embedded Systems

AMD today announced immediate availability of the new AMD Embedded G-Series processor, the world's first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems. The AMD Embedded G-Series, based on AMD Fusion technology, delivers a complete, full-featured embedded platform and incorporates the new low-power, x86 CPU based on the "Bobcat" core with a world-class DirectX 11-capable GPU and parallel processing engine on a single piece of silicon.

"AMD's commitment is to ensure the game-changing technologies we develop for consumers and the enterprise are also available for the vast and growing embedded market," said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD. "Today, we have a record number of embedded launch partners. They are using the unique advancements of the AMD Embedded G-Series APU to develop a brand new generation of highly differentiated, energy-efficient, small form-factor embedded systems that can deliver the vivid visual experience expected in our always-connected world."
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The atom blew chunks. The fusion is a way better platform at a similar price. It took them long enough but releasing a way better netbook platform is a good idea. Cheap small laptops are obviously what consumers want.
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CyberLink Releases Product Updates – Optimised for AMD Fusion Family of APUs

London — February 17, 2011—CyberLink Corp. (5203.TW) is pleased to announce its flagship products PowerDVD, PowerDirector, MediaShow and MediaEspresso are now optimised for the AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs),providing users with Hardware Accelerated HD playback when using AMD UVD 3 (Unified Video Decoder) technology. Utilising AMD Fusion APUs, CyberLink offers enhanced video editing, effects rendering and accelerated facial recognition optimised for DirectX 11 DirectCompute and maximum video transcode performance.

Transcoding can be a very time-consuming and computationally intensive process. With the new AMD Fusion UVD 3 and AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) technology, CyberLink PowerDirector – the world’s first 64-bit video editing software – offers up to 3.7x faster video rendering speed, allowing users to produce professional-looking videos in less time. MediaEspresso, universal media conversion software, now offers ultra-fast transcoding capability via the UVD 3 Decoder, enabling consumers to enjoy up to 2.75x speedup in performance, significantly reducing waiting time while giving users more time to share and enjoy their HD videos.

By leveraging Hardware Acceleration on AMD E-Series APUs, the updated version of CyberLink PowerDVD, the No. 1 Blu-ray and HD playback software, now supports MPEG-2 VLD hardware decode using AMD UVD 3 technology. The updated version enables Full HD Blu-ray playback, allowing users to experience smooth playback plus the benefit of ultra low CPU usage by saving up to 70% of CPU loads.
MediaShow’s FaceMe Technology is optimised for AMD Fusion APU’s DirectX 11 capable core. Using DirectX 11 DirectCompute acceleration on AMD Fusion processors, MediaShow, a fast and easy photo and video organiser, enables accelerated facial recognition up to 35%, making it super easy and quick to find people from a large range of photos.
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I'm guessing that eventually AMDs purchase of ATI will propel them above Intel. Unless someone makes a huge break through with quantum processing the integration of GP-GPU technology is inevitable.

Purchasing a fairly mature Graphics Processing company vs. Intel trying to go it from scratch was a great long term move.

AMD should also benefit from the fact that as long Jen is alive Intel has a better chance of purchasing the White House than they do Nvidia.
At the end Intel will get it better then AMD, Nvidia and ATI together. Why? Cause they have resource and knowledge.
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At the end Intel will get it better then AMD, Nvidia and ATI together. Why? Cause they have resource and knowledge.
Intel blows at graphics and always has. full stop.
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At the end Intel will get it better then AMD, Nvidia and ATI together. Why? Cause they have resource and knowledge.
Name one Intel GPU that is competitive to an ATi or nVidia GPU...
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