AMD Fusion aims to rule laptops; samples coming soon

It seemed like a dream of the distant future, but it looks like AMD is finally gearing up to release their highly anticipated AMD Fusion processor line. AnandTech has posted slides from AMD regarding their upcoming laptop APU (Advanced Processing Unit), codenamed Llano. The shift from the conventional CPU title is due to AMD's redefining of the processor landscape.

Fusion is AMD's way of combining a CPU and GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) onto a single die. While it's true that Intel is also readying a CPU/GPU combo, their solution, called Sandy Bridge, will only support DX10 graphics. AMD's Fusion will rock out DX11 capabilities in a 32nm, quad-core, DDR3 capable package. Llano is expected to run at 3GHz and above. GPU details have not been made public.

Llano is set to change the portable landscape. It will save space, power, and hopefully, not sacrifice performance in the process. AMD says that samples of the new processors should be available soon (1H of 2010) with the new platform shipping in systems in 2011. Assuming all goes well, Fusion's final release should fall out around the same time as Intel releases Sandy Bridge. The AMD/ATI merger has begun to bear its first fruit.

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If this comes with great performance for both CPU and GPU-enabled applications, should be a winner.
If they fall behind in performance or lack of support from application developers, it can fail.

Nonetheless, its worth following to see how it goes.

No imagine having a couple of gpus inside a desktop cpu, instant physics and instant "stream processing"...

or having a 2 socket motherboard with one fusion cpu with say 8 normal cores and the second socket with 4 cpu cores and 4 gpu cores..

krustylicious said,
No imagine having a couple of gpus inside a desktop cpu, instant physics and instant "stream processing"...

or having a 2 socket motherboard with one fusion cpu with say 8 normal cores and the second socket with 4 cpu cores and 4 gpu cores..

haha @ typo soz folks its been a long day chasing a messup in some php files.!

I dont know... You are actually making a video card much more small. Or, maybe this is going to be apart from a video card. If it is... Then yes... it's going to be a beast. I hope they make this nice and sweet, and let the gpu extra and not everything in the CPU.
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Freaking smaller laptops! Now I can have an iphone run crysis at medium settings :P (Sarcasm)

Glendi said,
For a technology website, you should say 'notebooks' instea of 'laptops'.

Why? Anyone has the ability to read the news sections on Neowin, not just the technologically literate. Saying words that everyone can understand does not alienate anyone from browsing and reading the news.

Will follow that one, thanks for the heads-up. Hope it gives Intel a worry in the least, and sets up a competition like good old days

Uh...won't this be ancient tech if they aren't letting OEMs have them til next year?

"The AMD/ATI merger has begun to bear its first fruit."
Bit early to say that.

That's what the Intel Atom is for. Just like the NVIDIA Tegra is for mobile devices. This, I assume, is for laptops to get as fast as desktops. Just because this won't be in a netbook, doesn't mean that technology is already heating up.

Electric Jolt said,
That's what the Intel Atom is for. Just like the NVIDIA Tegra is for mobile devices. This, I assume, is for laptops to get as fast as desktops. Just because this won't be in a netbook, doesn't mean that technology is already heating up.

Tegra? In a netbook? Really? Where?