AMD working on CPU/GPU Fusion processors

Posted on Wednesday, October 25 2006 @ 15:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD today released a press release that they have completed their $5.4 billion acquisition of ATI.

A bit more interesting though, is the news about AMD's new CPU/GPU Silicon Fusion project! It's now official, AMD/ATI are working on processors with integrated GPUs!
AMD plans to create a new class of x86 processor that integrates the central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) at the silicon level with a broad set of design initiatives collectively codenamed “Fusion.” AMD intends to design Fusion processors to provide step-function increases in performance-per-watt relative to today’s CPU-only architectures, and to provide the best customer experience in a world increasingly reliant upon 3D graphics, digital media and high-performance computing.

With Fusion processors, AMD will continue to promote an open platform and encourage companies throughout the ecosystem to create innovative new co-processing solutions aimed at further optimizing specific workloads. AMD-powered Fusion platforms will continue to fully support high-end discrete graphics, physics accelerators, and other PCI Express-based solutions to meet the ever-increasing needs of the most demanding enthusiast end-users.
The first Fusion processors are expected by the end of 2008 or early 2009. They will be available for notebooks, desktops, workstations and servers. Additionally, they will also become available for consumer electronics.

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