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Thursday, 17 March 2011 11:24

Graphics enabled CPUs coming to every second PC

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IGPs and low-end discrete dying out
Nearly half of PCs shipped in 2011 will feature CPUs with integrated graphics, either in AMD or Intel flavors.

Analysts believe integrated on-chip graphics will be used in 115 million notebooks and 63 million desktops by the end of the year. HIS iSuppli believes about 45 percent of all PCs shipped this year will feature such CPUs and their share will continue to rise in the future.

The trend kicked off with Intel’s last generation CPUs and it is continued with Sandy Bridge cores, as well as AMD’s promising Fusion parts. With ever growing performance, the need for discrete graphics is slowly diminishing in many market segments and sticking a graphics core onto the CPU die saves money and space.

Analysts believe that graphics-enabled processors will be used in 83 percent of notebooks and 76 percent of all desktops shipped by 2014.

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+43 #1 angah_krl 2011-03-17 12:20
no more place for nvidia in low-end graphic
+37 #2 Jermelescu 2011-03-17 12:54
This is great for AMD.
Fusion kicks ass!
+34 #3 chyll2 2011-03-17 12:59
this must be what nvidia predicted before why they want Tegra so much, too bad, Intel wants the whole pie for itself.

AMD's fusion so far is very promising, hope this trend continues until they can get better.
+10 #4 techman95 2011-03-17 16:48
and hopefully amd lalano chips will be in there soon to :)
+2 #5 Regenweald 2011-03-17 18:19
Llano and Bulldozer based fusion can cover, I'd say, 80% of users' needs, gaming and media. I REALLY hope that AMD orders enough wafers and we don't have ' well we underestimated demand, and there's a product shortage in the channel' again.
+4 #6 ramcoza 2011-03-17 19:38
Guys don't forget,
as long as two or more competitive companies in market, we can enjoy consumer friendly pricing and innovative technology.
Do you think that you can still enjoy this favors, if there is no rivals to your favorite GPU/CPU manufacturer.

It's like this situation..
when you are in a race, where all other participants are as good as you, you have to put more effects to come 1st. But if there is no contestants. what then?? I can simply walk or I can stand still. No rush. No real push. No more contestants.
+2 #7 ramcoza 2011-03-17 19:38
For me, if AMD released a ground breaking product, NVIDIA will have to counter it with a better product. If so, AMD will work for another product or may shrink die. And vice versa. Same goes to INTEL and AMD, when it comes to CPU/on die GPU.

This is where we win(consumers)
+1 #8 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-17 19:46
ramcoza, depends what you mean by innovative technology.

Competition also has a downside, fast-dropping value of products. You buy something today, in 6 months to a year it gets outdated. This translated to less work on drivers, less games actually being made to take the respective product at its optimum level of performance, not to mention that the product's price gets castrated over time.

While today we enjoy seeing how they fight, I doubt those that bought expensive Nehalems are as pleased now, just as "much" as those that bought expensive Crossfire and SLI setups.

Also, let's not forget the lowering of quality of products and services which is often the case when competing in a cut-throat market.
+3 #9 Bl0bb3r 2011-03-17 19:51
Put it simple, innovation is useful as long as everything else doesn't get compromised. But when it does, and it is, all we are doing is lose... time and money running after them, informing ourselves about them, constantly planning what to buy next and then the final moment when we burn a hole in our pockets, for no more than a 6-months ride. Never mind that software doesn't keep up and what we buy gets... how to say it... underused for what it could actually deliver.
+3 #10 FlOw 2011-03-17 20:38
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
... time and money running after them, informing ourselves about them, constantly planning what to buy next and then the final moment when we burn a hole in our pockets, for no more than a 6-months ride.

so you're saying that technology is advancing too fast and you want it to stop? so you want to pay $500 for a dual core, because then you wouldn't have to update as much? no one is putting a gun to your head, forcing you to go and buy the latest and greatest. just because something new is out, doesn't mean that what you have already is any worse then it was before.

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