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Wednesday, 16 March 2011 11:38

Fusion availability gradually improving

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Several motherboards and notebooks shipping
A few weeks back we checked some availability figures for AMD’s new Brazos platform only to find that hardly any actual products were available in Europe.

System integrators and notebook makers were more than eager to get hold of the new chips and AMD was struggling to meet demands. However, AMD VP Leslie Sobon assured us that availability would pick up by mid-March and she was right.

Currently several Brazos boards are available in major European markets. Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire lead the way in the ITX segment, but availability is still restricted to major outlets and very few shops carry the new boards. Still, you can get them, which was not the case two weeks ago. On the other hand, Asus mATX boards are widely available, so if you’re not limited to ITX, they are a pretty good choice.

As for mobile products, several Acer, Toshiba and Lenovo notebooks and netbooks based on new APUs are currently available, although only a few shops have them in stock. Brazos is also a very interesting platform for SFF and AIO designs, but no products are actually available, apart from Zotac’s stylish and price ZBOX AD03 barebone. We are also waiting for Fusion-based tablets, such as Acer's sleek Iconia W500.

We are still waiting for motherboards from a number of major vendors, as well as new thin-and-light notebooks showcased by several companies in recent trade shows. Despite the long wait, AMD’s first Fusion APU is already looking like a winner and a very good choice for entry level rigs in a number of market segments.

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+24 #1 yourma2000 2011-03-16 11:52
I got my Toshiba NB550D last week, plays all HD content flawlessly including Youtube HD
+1 #2 Medallish 2011-03-16 13:30
Yay there's hope yet, I get more and more depressed when I see the date for my W500+Dock go further back, although it is unconfirmed so who knows maybe it will get here sooner than they write, in any case I can't wait to get my hands on some Fusion stuff, I wish they would market it a bit more to compete with the incoming avelanche of ARM based tablets.
+3 #3 yourma2000 2011-03-16 13:49
There might by another lack of availability soon due to the Japan earthquake, a good majority of silicon comes from Japan, so all semiconductor companies will be affected by silicon shortage and price rise
+3 #4 thalis20 2011-03-16 16:22
from greek market the availability has increased with 4 mobo brands: asrock, gigabyte, msi and sapphire. the prices are 100, 154, 119 and 136 euro correspondingly !!
+1 #5 hoohoo 2011-03-17 08:57
From last week, mobo models in stock in western Canada have gone from two to 4, and that sweet little HP 11.6 inch notebook is available too.

I briefly had an ASUS microATX board. Running Win7 it was flawless: smooth video and good gaming at 1024x768. Running Linux it had weird memory problem. Would not talk to a PCIe RAID card under either OS. Waiting to get the Sapphire mini-ITX instead.

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