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Tuesday, 14 September 2010 18:34

Fusion is small, pictured

Written by Fuad Abazovic


Works just fine
Our good friend Mr. Rob Squires, an old retired Inquirer lad has managed to score some good pictures of a Fusion core.

We saw the live demo and we can confirm what our own Nick Farell said here. AMD traditionally has a hotel booked across the street from IDF and tends to steal quite a few journalists and show off its latest and greatest stuff. As you can see, it's a good strategy.



The chip on the picture is very small and it has an 18W TDP. This dual-core chip, codenamed Zacate is very cool as well. It should be able to run without a fan, but the version we saw had a fan on it.

The small silicon is doing just fine against a Core i5 based notebook, based on Intel’s Arrandale core but we are not sure how well it competes against Sandy Bridge. We can also tell you that the chip is two times smaller than Sandy Bridge that we’ve seen and it looks like they should do just fine even against Atoms in the netbook market.

AMD claims it has quite a few design wins, but it cannot talk about them just yet. Oh yes, no one wants to talk about clocks at this time, either.

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+54 #1 yourma2000 2010-09-14 19:18
That's quite small for a GPU+CPU silicon combo, and if it's outperforming Intel graphics then it's definitely something for all markets (except for enthusiast desktops/laptops)

Quote:
AMD claims it has quite a few design wins, but it cannot talk about them just yet. Oh yes, no one wants to talk about clocks at this time, either.


I don't think clock speeds really matter when we've seen some application demos and we're already aware of the power usage
 
 
+13 #2 hoohoo 2010-09-14 22:00
For notebooks and netbooks I care far more about battery life than being able to play Crysis. If a notebook can do fair OpenGL and DirectX acceleration that's nice but not a real requirement. So an 'APU' or CPU+GPU should have as low a power consumption as possible.
 
 
+36 #3 samedi 2010-09-14 22:02
I've been an Intel fanboy for ages now, but even I have to admit, that this is a quite impressive piece of technology! I'm really looking forward to see it being compared to a sandy bridge :-D
 
 
+13 #4 Xenon_aniki 2010-09-15 02:00
i would love to see next generation of this in smartphones. or maybe they lower the clock -> comes lower tdp -> no fan.
so it smartphone/tablet ready with superb gaming capability! yay!
 
 
+17 #5 Fud_u 2010-09-15 02:21
Good things come in small packages?
 
 
+38 #6 mrgerbik 2010-09-15 02:54
Does this article still seem a little misleading??
Prolly just me but I'll mention it again:


This chip is NOT designed to compete with Sandy Bridge .. it is a direct competitor to the Intel Atom ...


The i5 comparisons were to show just how much more computing power this little guy has compared to an Atom
 
 
+12 #7 valhar2000 2010-09-15 09:16
Quoting hoohoo:
So an 'APU' or CPU+GPU should have as low a power consumption as possible.


But not so low that it can barely run anything (I'm looking at you, Atom!).
 
 
+12 #8 valhar2000 2010-09-15 09:18
Quoting mrgerbik:
This chip is NOT designed to compete with Sandy Bridge .. it is a direct competitor to the Intel Atom ...


Don't worry, Asus will make a high-end laptop out of it in no time ;)
 
 
+2 #9 Bl0bb3r 2010-09-15 12:28
It's an out-of-order CPU, so why not? Besides, for a laptop a 4 bobcat core + gpu apu will probably be used. Hmmm... tasty!

@mrgerbik, yes, it does. Most articles written by Fuad have an anti-AMD scent to them.

Quoting hoohoo:
For notebooks and netbooks I care far more about battery life than being able to play Crysis.



You probably didn't know that a Zacate APU + AMD chipset will outperform an Atom + chipset + GPU or IGP in terms of TDP since intel's chipsets are the biggest power wasters out there while the IGP's barely can deliver output let alone processing power, nevermind that they're not programmable in OpenCL et all as is Zacate.
 
 
+7 #10 The_Wolf88 2010-09-15 12:31
Quote:
it looks like they should do just fine even against Atoms in the netbook market.


You should say instead AMD Zacate is going to wipe out intel atom with the performance we've seen !!
 

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