AMD casting Spider's web on upcoming processors

The next-generation Phenom quad-core processors, due out next week, are part of the "Spider" platform, which uses video cards, the computer's processor, and a chip set in one platform to deliver better graphics and performance per watt, along with improved high-definition video. The Phenom launch is part of the promise AMD made when it acquired ATI for $5.4 billion last year: the chip giant forecasted chips that enhance graphics capabilities, including a chip code-named "Fusion" (late 2008 or early 2009), which will integrate a GPU and CPU on a single die. Though Spider has separate parts and doesn't combine a graphics processor and CPU on a single die, it is moving toward delivering Fusion, said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of the graphics product group at AMD.

Two new cards, the 256MB ATI Radeon HD 3850 ($179) and the 512MB ATI Radeon HD 3870 ($219) are the first products part of the Spider platform. The graphics cards also support Microsoft's DirectX 10.1 specification, which enhances overall image quality on PCs including superior HD DVD and Blu-ray images.

News source: InfoWorld

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yay for smaller computers, if you are trapped with only being able to use tiny-assed PC's then this is definitely good news when it eventually gets released

thinking to the future, imagine if AMD/ATI do another console , like what ATI did for the gamecube and xbox360, if the cpu and gpu (and who knows what else) are a single chip, thered be no need for non-handheld devices anymore? the only reason you want to come home and sit in front of your TV is to get a bigger picture and so that you can charge the battery at the same time...

Future sure looks promising for AMD. They were really right on money when they acquired ATI. Fusion may not be as significant on desktop to majority of the end users as many prefer upgradeability on each individual components, but on mobile platforms where this unified solution is really going to shine. It's going to be much more energy-efficient and all. Intel should be worried. Fusion is going to be a serious threat to Intel's supreme position in mobile platforms.

Fusion and convergence in general are definitely the way of the future, good to see that AMD is making some headway in this direction. I haven't bought a graphics card in 7 years, but I'm looking to do so now I think, very cheap, especially considering the current Australian exchange rate to American, or Canadian, or whatever amd/ati is/was, lol. {don't worry, I already wiki'd it, it's american now, but was kcanadian, as i suspected}in any case, any kind of extra video postprocessing would definitely enhance my whole computing experience, now to start selling more cds and saving more money, lol.