AMD Aims To Merge GPU/CPU With Fusion APU

AMD Aims To Merge GPU/CPU With Fusion APU

AMD has been pushing "Fusion" for about as long as we can remember, and the idea of merging the CPU and GPU certainly sounds good. Other companies are definitely trying to accomplish similar goals with rivaling technologies, but the main problem for AMD has been producing a working product that can be shipped on existing products. At the Computex show in Taiwan this week, AMD put their biggest stamp of approval yet on Fusion by introduction the Fusion APU technology.


The announcement was followed by the launch of the AMD Fusion Fund, a program to support development of new, enhanced consumer digital experiences by helping to further advance an ecosystem that promotes CPUand GPU collaborative computing. It's a great idea to start something that will initiate strategic investments in companies working on solutions enabled by the accelerated computing capabilities of the upcoming AMD Fusion family of Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) products, but we can't help but wish that these investments were already lined up.

As of now, Fusion APU is still more of an idea than a product, though AMD does say that projects for consideration include a range of next-generation and accelerated computing capabilities enabled by AMD Fusion APU products, including application software and tool development, unique device designs, PC components and innovative ideas which extend the reach of collaborative computing on the CPU and GPU. The good news is that a demo has already been shown, and it looks very promising. A true integrated GPU/CPU would definitely change the landscape of mobile computing (and  beyond), and we can't help but look ahead to next year's Computex to see how far this project moves forward.



There is certainly no shortage of technology companies that will tell us their product is the first, the best, the most revolutionary, the greatest of all time, and so on. And 99% of the time our eyes glaze over when we hear those words. To truly reshape an entire industry, you need more than just a product. You need that product to seize the market at exactly the right time. You need an ecosystem of partners and customers to align with you. And, more often than not, you need to focus less on being revolutionary, and more on being evolutionary. Today, we took another step towards evolving the way we think of a PC and what it can do for us.

Today, the AMD Fusion™ family of APUs came to life.

To recap, at Computex in Taipei, I took the stage with Microsoft and showed the world that AMD Fusion APUs are no longer just an idea on paper. An AMD Fusion APU – delivering powerful CPU and GPU capabilities for HD, 3D and data-intensive workloads in a single-die processor– demonstrated APU accelerated Internet Explorer 9 and DirectX 11 rendering and special effects, which you can see here.

And, in doing that, history was made.

First and foremost, this is a testament to the brilliant engineering minds within AMD. In all of my years in the computing industry, I’ve never seen anything more technologically sophisticated, and we couldn’t wait any longer to show you an AMD Fusion APU in action.

But, for those of you who are less concerned with the circuitry and design, and are more concerned about a computer that’s fast, runs your favorite apps, plays and manipulates HD video, has a great user interface, etc. this demo applies to you too. The demo shows us what is possible in the cool, sleek devices we all love. I’m talking about ultrathin notebooks, touchscreens, new low-power PC form factors, and the list goes on. Quite simply, with AMD Fusion APUs and the support of our technology partners, those devices (and ones we haven’t even dreamed up yet) can get a whole lot better. More than ever before, what we’ve all typically thought of as “the future” is right in front of us – within reach.
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I really wonder how this fusion will work. Say if we wanted to upgrade the CPU or GPU, would you have to upgrade both at the same time? They must be on the same die.

I wonder if you can possibly put in an add-in graphics card for a fusion system?

Anyone have some "insider" info. on this?

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@ Chainsaw to my knowledge you will not be able to just unseat the GPU or CPU and pop in a new one. So there will be no upgrading as we know today as both CPU and GPU will reside on a single piece of silicon, also you will not be able to distinguish the CPU from the GPU even if you could look under the heat spreader. 

With that said I think these will start off being targeted at mainstream people who want rich graphics or do light gaming with light I mean 1920 X 1200 and under obviously settings turned down alot, but they should do DX 11 out of the gate. 

Hope I shed some light for you Idea

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I think the APU is going to have enabled hybrid crossfire with a dedicated viedio card

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AMD will be alright, after all they have both parts now it's just merging them together. This was all part of the ATI acquisition, AMD is setting themselves nicely. I often wonder why Intel did not have the foresight or perhaps they thought they could go at it alone and create an discrete GPU.

At any rate,,,,,,,,,,,,, The future is Fusion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Idea

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Thanks la guy 10.

Just wondering how long now it will take to come out! :)

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Probably works like thier AMD vision! Couple the products together and then you think it works faster.

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SO what are you trying to point out BF?
 
If we all switch to Vision, that we will all be speaking Chinese? :O
 
These are just their major presentation demos. Steve "turtleneck" Jobs has made this form of marketing the most effective. These guys are just trying to do the same. If you have ever been to places like E3 or Siggraph, you would understand that this is what these people do. Then when you get the product home and put them through their paces it becomes evidently a different story.  The GPU companies always try to keep up with current market demands. I just never believe the hype until I am actually using it.
 
I did like how they tried to make all the user interviews seem like everyday people. Which ended up making them seem like backwoods hicks? They were all like "I dint know I needed it, then when I saw it I was amazed and dint know how I have been living without it...Yuck-Yuck:P"
 
People who actually require the GPU power do their research and understand  what we are looking for. This stuff will probably be integrated into the PCs we buy at Best Buy as a normal progression of technology. Then a few years from now everyone will forget about this stuff in favor of the next generation.
 
I did love the little executive "Atten-Hut!  Eyes Right.....Eyes left...Obey my Chinese commands...Now go sit down...silly executives!! "  part at the end of the video.  Thank for pointing out the laughs :)

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Well, i respect your opinion and some of the things mentioned.lol..but what interested me most, was the power efficiency and the eventual use of dx11 on small netbook like devices. The innovation itself is cool. Power, speed and efficiency in a small form factor is pretty rad. Very interesting mix.

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Nah, Intel will still beat AMD.

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