It's official. Finally. The AMD
Fusion APU era has begun, and it couldn't have possibly come at a better time. Intel has been able to capitalize in recent years, particularly with their Atom platform, due to having no real, shipping competition from AMD. But now, the war really begins. Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, AMD officially announced a new class of accelerated processor that combines more compute capabilities than any processor in the history of computing. That's their wording to describe Fusion, a new range of Accelerated Processing Units.
This new Fusion core incorporates a multi-core x86 CPU and a DirectX 11-capable discrete-level GPU into a single die. It's the best of both worlds, and it's as close as we have come to seeing a CPU and GPU truly hold hands and live together in harmony on a single die. New generations of desktop, notebook and HD netbooks are now available based on AMD Fusion APUs, and we suspect that many computer makers will be making announcements in the coming days after Fusion-based machines going on sale.
Tablets and embedded designs based on AMD Fusion APUs are expected be available later in Q1 2011, with all of them offering netbook-level price points combined with high-end multi-media playback. Like we said, the best of both worlds. We can't wait to get our hands on a few shipping machines with Fusion inside, but for now, you can look back at our past coverage
on the platform while you wait
. Hopefully that'll make things easier (or harder?) for you.
In related news, AMD is also introducing the new Radeon
HD 6000M series of GPUs. These are primarily meant for use in notebooks, and we suspect in notebooks that don't use Fusion already. They're DirectX 11-capable, and they set a new bar in terms of mobile GPU performance according to the company. The 6000M series has models offering up to 1.3 teraflops of power, support for up to six displays through the Eyefinity technology, AMD's HD3D technology and EyeSpeed tech for boosted video performance. As with Fusion, we also are expecting PC makers to announce new machines shortly with these new GPUs onboard.
AMD Extends Leadership in Notebook PC Graphics with its Second-Generation of DirectX® 11-capable Mobile Graphics Technology; Delivering the Ultimate in Efficiency and Performance
—The AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M series are a top-to-bottom family of DirectX® 11-capable mobile graphics processors designed to deliver exceptional performance in every segment—
LAS VEGAS, Nev. —1/4/2011
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced its next generation mobile graphics technology, the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M series, delivering AMD’s highest performing notebook graphics for those who want to experience games, entertainment, and productivity on the go. Harnessing AMD’s second-generation of Microsoft DirectX® 11-capable mobile graphics architecture, the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M series provides users with:
* Models offering up to 1.3 teraFLOPS of compute power for an unrivaled gaming experience on up to six displays using AMD Eyefinity technology.1
* AMD HD3D technology for the ultimate in stereo 3D entertainment.2
* AMD EyeSpeed technology for improved video and application performance.3
Notebooks featuring the new graphics technology are previewed at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Wired: Make a Scene booth, located in the Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
“One year ago AMD claimed the title of undisputed technology leader in mobile graphics performance and since then we continue to pave the way for mobile computing innovation,” said Matt Skynner, corporate vice president and general manager, GPU Division, AMD. “With the introduction of the AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M series, AMD’s best just got better by cementing its leadership in notebook graphics. Through our feature-rich line of top-to-bottom next-generation notebook graphics, including AMD’s fastest performing notebook graphics processor, we’re enabling a superior visual computing experience in virtually every segment.”
AMD Radeon™ HD 6000M series graphics represent powerful support for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with existing and upcoming 2011 AMD Mainstream notebook platforms planned to feature true “Eye-Definition” Gaming with DirectX 11 support and AMD Eyefinity technology, plus amazing AMD HD3D Technology—all designed to accelerate mobile performance.
* AMD @ 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show:
o For AMD press meetings please contact Bite Communications at AMDCES@bitecommunications.com
o WIRED: Make a Scene, Brought to Life by AMD: Grand Lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center
o Facebook: AMD @ 2011 International CES
* Product Page: Second-generation DirectX 11-capable family of AMD Radeon HD 6000M graphics
* Video: Features and Benefits of AMD Radeon HD 6000M Series
* Blog: AMD graphics blog by Casey Gotcher
* Twitter: Follow AMD graphics news on Twitter at @AMDGraphics