AMD Ships Llano APU, Second Wave of Fusion Is Go
"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.”
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.