Monday, January 24, 2011

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AMD demoed this supposedly ground-breaking technology at CES 2011 a few weeks back, called Fusion. We just thought we’d take a few minutes to look at what Fusion is, and how it is set to change the world of mobile computing (Laptops such as Notebook and Netbook computers). AMD has been teasing the world for several years (ever since they finalised the deal to purchase ATI in 2006) abou the Fusion series. To help us understand this “new” technology, we’ll begin with a few necessary definitions.

Fusion : It is the marketing name used by AMD for this new series of processors, where a single APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) handles the work of the CPU (Central Processing Unit) and the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)

Brazos : Brazos is the first-generation platform using the Fusion APUs

Ontario : Ontario is the first-generation APU in the Fusion series for Netbooks, and Nettops and other similar computing purposes

Zacate : Zacate is the first-generation APU in the Fusion series for Notebook computers

Bobcat : The actual processing core used in the Ontario and Zacate APUs. Both Ontario and Zacate can have either 1 or 2 cores.


With that out of the way, let’s look at the main advantages that AMD Fusion brings to mobile computing:

* Less power draw – since only one processor is actually drawing power

* Faster graphics output – since the CPU is the GPU, there is no time lost in communication between the two

* All this obviously leads to lowered costs in the long-term


One of the first Notebook computers (Laptops) to be using an AMD Fusion APU is the HP Pavilion dm1z (unavailable in India currently) and if Engadget’s review is anything to go by, then we’re looking at some remarkable improvements. They found the Fusion APU to deliver far better graphics output when compared to integrated chipsets, and comparable to other ultra-portable Notebook computers (Laptops), while maintaining good battery life. If this is what the first-generation AMD Fusion APUs can do, we’re really excited to see what the second generation platform (Lynx – expected 2nd half of 2011) and third-generation platform (Trinity – expected 2012) could do. Even the currently released first-generation AMD Fusion APUs can handle full HD 1080p video playback smoothly, and a decent level of casual gaming – thanks to full DirectX11 support and support for several other enhanced graphics features.

Basically, if you’re on the lookout for an ultra-portable, lightweight Notebook computer, or a Netbook (though we can’t imagine why you’d want to buy a Netbook), then you may want to wait until AMD’s Fusion APU-based Laptops start trickling into the Indian market. First impressions from reviewers and benchmarks seem to point to the fact that these APUs are really worth it.


simon said...

i would like to know more about fusion laptops from all companys with rate and with 2.0.higher processors

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