The European scene, that is. The newest from AMD has been seen at the IFA 2010 show, where the word about the uses makes me wonder how much of the newest war with Intel will be fought on the economy end of the scale.


At the IFA show in Berlin AMD is busy promoting its first Fusion APUs (accelerated processing units) which are set to debut in the first quarter of 2011 and target small form factor PCs, all-in-one desktops, as well as mobile solutions like netbooks and ultra-thin, mainstream notebooks.

Set to be made by GlobalFoundries on 32nm technology, the first APUs are known as Zacate and Ontario, and feature two Bobcat x86 cores, a DirectX 11 GPU, an integrated DDR3 memory controller, and a new Unified Video Decoder (UVD) for 1080p video playback. Zacate is said to have a 18W TDP, while Ontario will top 8W, making it suitable for a rumble with Intel’s popular Atom processor.

Expect more info about AMD’s APUs in the coming months as they enter mass production.


The Fusion chip, perhaps an Atom bomb?

This chip seems set to compete directly with the Atom chip, which does not have a GPU inside, nor does it have the advanced processing capabilities of the Fusion models, with their Bobcat cores, DX11 capabilities, and DDR3 memory controllers.

If, as some are saying, the processor wars coming are to be fought on the low power end of things, AMD may be well ahead of Intel, having so much already incorporated on one die.



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