AMD took advantage of the momentum of CES, about to start, and finally announced the launch of its line of Fusion processors with integrated graphics controllers and therefore called APU (Accelerated Processing Unit). For the time being, only two categories of products have been presented for notebooks and desktops input and the netbooks.
The new ones chips they are built using the 32nm manufacturing process and can integrate up to four x86 processing cores plus a GPU with support for DX11, capable of accelerating high-definition video playback.
«We believe that Fusion is simply the biggest processing breakthrough since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,» said Rick Bergman, director of AMD’s product unit. “In a big step, we offer users an HD experience anywhere, as well as supercomputing features on notebooks with batteries that can last an entire day. It is a new category, a new approach that brings unprecedented experiences to consumers ”, considers the person in charge.
Fusion APUs first appeared in two categories: the E-series, intended for notebooks and desktops, with processing frequencies varying between 1.5 GHz and 1.6 GHz, and the C-Series, suitable for netbooks, with options of 1.0 GHz and 1.2 GHz.
The company’s forecast is that major computer manufacturers such as Acer, HP, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and Lenovo, among others, will soon announce models with the “Fusion Inside” label at “very competitive” prices.
The first machines with the new chips are expected to start hitting stores later this month. At the end of the first quarter of 2011, the first models of tablets with technology.
AMD added that it is working on a Fusion category for products mainstream (the A-Series), which will start shipping during the first half of 2011.