AMD claims to have sold out of Fusion chips

A few days ago, a leaked internal presentation from processor maker AMD showed off the near future of the company's plans for its Fusion line of chips. Now AMD is saying that its first batch of Fusion chips are so popular, they have "sold out" of the processor. CNet's News.com reports that it interviewed Raymond Dumbeck, the product marketing manager for AMD's mobile product. Dumbeck is quoted as saying, "Demand far exceeded supply" for the Fusion chip during AMD's most recent fiscal quarter.

So far AMD says that it has shipped 5 million of the CPU/GPU Fusion chips to its various partners since the first product in the Fusion library started coming out in the fourth quarter of 2010. That number includes between 3.5 million and 4 million Fusion chips that AMD says it has shipped in the first quarter of 2011. News.com reports that notebook companies such as Sony, Hewlett-Packard, and Lenovo are creating new small notebooks designed for AMD's Fusion chip.

In fact the whole "netbook" trend seems to be disappearing as more and more companies are either making small notebooks or getting into the tablet market. Even a rep for Intel, who has been a strong supplier for chips for many netbooks, seems to agree that the catagory is being replaced by tablets. Tom Kilroy, a senior vice-president for Intel, is quoted in the article as saying, "It is fair to say that if people have discretionary income and they're going to spend 500 or 600 dollars, it's a tablet today [which] could have been a Netbook a year ago. So, there's no question there's a substitution that could be happening there."

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Stick some pinch and zoom on the screen and then you have something there. This category is far from over, and pads are not the replacement for laptops.

jimmyfal said,
Stick some pinch and zoom on the screen and then you have something there. This category is far from over, and pads are not the replacement for laptops.

they're a replacement for paper or somewhat interactive books
especially something as limited as an iPad

I'll take a small light notebook with a screen and a keyboard any day... why not just make the damn things thinner, then we wouldn't have to pretend with the pads to have a real keyboard and a screen that we don't have to pick up with two hands....

Agreed, tablets are nothing more than glorified toys unless you're a talented graphic artist like one of my friends, I can see some people having uses for them though just because Apple launches a product doesn't mean every company on the face of the planet should rush to make them too.

I rather like the tablet that transforms into a netbook idea though. Acer and ASUS have them so far, one Win7 one Android 3.x.

Tablets would be better on the road IMO, netbook at home.

JAB Creations said,
Agreed, tablets are nothing more than glorified toys unless you're a talented graphic artist like one of my friends, I can see some people having uses for them though just because Apple launches a product doesn't mean every company on the face of the planet should rush to make them too.

Wrong. I'm no where near being a "talented graphic artist" and still find my tablet useful. More so than a "glorfied toy". And I bet a lot of the folks who buy will agree as well.

SharpGreen said,

Wrong. I'm no where near being a "talented graphic artist" and still find my tablet useful. More so than a "glorfied toy". And I bet a lot of the folks who buy will agree as well.

You mean all the sheeple buying iPad/iPad2's?

SharpGreen said,

Wrong. I'm no where near being a "talented graphic artist" and still find my tablet useful. More so than a "glorfied toy". And I bet a lot of the folks who buy will agree as well.

I didn't buy one though I have one and I disagree whole heartedly. I got a Netbook and goes to University. I bring iPad when I want to play in between lectures and work and will only need a PDF or two. If I need to scroll through massive amount of PDF, type up lots of work, or even just want to Facebook, I will choose the netbook.


I found the iPad absolutely "use"-less. It is a very nice product, but it is NOT productivity. Probably the only thing it does better than a netbook is that it connects to the internet faster for quick email check or a quick google. If I need to do multiple searches or type more than a 100 words, begone please.