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AMD Ships Llano APU, Second Wave of Fusion Is Go

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Earlier this year, we gave you a taste or two of what AMD's new Fusion APU-based Brazos platform has in store for notebooks and netbooks.  We've since then followed-up with a review of retail shipping product and as we reported, we were genuinely impressed yet at again at what AMD's budding Fusion line-up had to offer.  These low power devices were all well and good, as they say, for those of you looking for something in an ultralight mobile platform, but what about something with a bit more muscle -- say in a quad-core variant perhaps?  It appears we're going to see what AMD is packin' in this area very soon.  Today in a blog post, AMD confirmed that their Llano APU is indeed shipping to system builders and OEM partners.  The A-Series "Llano" is go, according to the AMD Public Relations team...


"When we say we are shipping production units of any part for the first time, the next question I inevitably get asked is how does AMD define “production”? Fortunately, much like the title of this blog, the answer is simple.  When we talk about production here at AMD, it refers to the units that will ultimately be in the systems that our OEM partners will ship to retailers or end-customers.

Now of course, I can’t speak for exactly when each of our OEM partners will ship systems, that’s a question for them, but as our Chief Financial Officer and Interim CEO Thomas Seifert mentioned on his webcast today, “Customers are very excited about Llano coming to market and we will look forward to seeing our “Llano”-based systems in the market this quarter — the second quarter.”


32nm Llano "Fusion" APU Running Alien vs Predator - 10/2010

And so it appears, Sandy Bridge, in both the notebook and the desktop space has real competition now.  The good news is we'll see product (and you'll see product evaluations here) in the next couple of months.  It will be very interesting to see what the stats look like when we get our hands on a Llano-powered machine but what we've seen thus far of the new midrange chip, is more than promising.  AMD has won their share of design wins with Zacate and their Brazos platform for thin-and-light notebooks.  Hopefully with this Fusion release, AMD will give Intel something to sweat, that should appeal customers in the mainstream that care about balanced computing with reasonably good multimedia muscle behind it.

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We - users - have been waiting for this one ! Let us hope that the new chips - and not least, Bulldozer - fulfil their promise !...

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Go Go AMD, I wonder what Intel has up their sleeve in response to AMD's Fusion line.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Apr 5 2011 12:17 PM

To tell ya the truth Intel seems to be having or has been having a couple of misstep's in this market space. While the big CPU's are still top of the market generally (though I have heard some rumbling about SandyBridge market performance), the general consumer space (IE Atom, mobile processors, and low range) seems to be having a few issues lately. The issue is this is where general consumers are, and therefore the meat and potatoes of the processor market.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Apr 5 2011 12:19 PM

That last statement is somewhat off point I guess. These do look nice, where is the GPU at in that chip map? Either way seeing these hit market is nice, as will be Bulldozer when it raises it's head.

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OSunday replied on Tue, Apr 5 2011 10:00 PM

All these integrated graphics in cpu's products are really gonna give rise to LucidLogix since they'll be compatible and easily combined with discrete GPU's

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Apr 5 2011 11:43 PM

I think you maybe right, although AMD already has their Hybrid crossfire solution that allows using both igp and discreet cards together, I don't know if there is any one solution yet that does it all yet - switching between igp and discreet as needed and providing for sli/crossfire for max performance.

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