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Thursday, 05 August 2010 09:23

Manufacturers plan Ontario laptops early next year

Written by Nick Farell
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Fusion getting early outing
Notebooks with AMD's first Fusion processors, based on the 40nm ‘Ontario' architecture are going to hit the shops early next year. While we have known that AMD will be shipping to partners before the end of this year it is not clear when we would see some products based on the chips.

Digitimes has been talking to its deep throats in the manufacturing industry who told hacks that they will be shipping notebooks based on the new APUs in the first quarter of next year. TSMC, which is helping AMD make the 40nm chips, will ramp-up to full-scale production of the new silicon in early December. Acer, ASUS and HP apparently should have plenty of time to start manufacturing systems for a launch in the new year.

Although Digitimes used its usual “unnamed sources” for the news, it does line up with last month's leaked AMD roadmap. In that we saw the the Zacate CPU/GPU combo as launching at the tail-end of this year or the start of next year.

It also supports the idea that the APU will be based on the Ontario architecture which is targeted at low-power and ultraportable systems.

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-5 #1 dicobalt 2010-08-05 22:10
So an APU is a CPU with a math coprocessor on the CPU die?

If this is aimed at low power systems they need to do better than 40nm across the CPU area of the die. The CPU half should be 32nm and the "APU" half should be 40nm.

On a side note cloud computing is mainframe computing. Kids these days...
 
 
+3 #2 LuxZg 2010-08-06 10:30
Quoting dicobalt:
So an APU is a CPU with a math coprocessor on the CPU die?

APU is "accelerated processing unit", and it's made of CPU + GPU + big part of chipset functionality (memory controller, PCI Express bus etc). Actually, it's getting real close to SoC philosophy from a certain angle..
 
 
-6 #3 dicobalt 2010-08-06 15:41
Quoting LuxZg:
APU is "accelerated processing unit", and it's made of CPU + GPU


When you get down to basics a modern GPU is nothing but a math coprocessor. They might as well call the new chips Phenom DX2 lol
 
 
+2 #4 LuxZg 2010-08-07 09:10
Quoting dicobalt:
When you get down to basics a modern GPU is nothing but a math coprocessor. They might as well call the new chips Phenom DX2 lol



Yeah..? Than go render DX11 on math coprocessor...
 
 
0 #5 jon 2010-08-09 10:22
We should be able to provide hands-on coverage at CES 2011 of subnotebook and ultraportable notebook models introduced by AMD Fusion launch partners.
 
 
0 #6 JustJC 2010-08-11 02:53
It's not that simple. The word Accelerated Processing Unit doesn't just cover the inclusion of a GPU on the chip.

It could also allow for other accelerators. Accelerators like the UVD, the hardware decoder on most ATi cards, and other hardware that accelerates certain tasks.
 

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