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AMD shows its Fusion APU (then hides it)

AMD shows its Fusion APU (then hides it)

Here's a photo of an AMD lady's legs, because she didn't want us to see the new Fusion CPU wafer.

AMD showed off its upcoming 'low-power Fusion APU (Accelerated Processing Unit)', showing a Llano or Ontario CPU that could run Aliens vs Predator in DirectX 11. These CPUs are due on sale in the first half of next year, with AMD customers (that is, system builders) being able to buy stock before the year's out.

There was no indication of settings or resolution used in AvP however, although the detail level was evidently quite high. The frame rate was just smooth enough as the Predator moved around the environment, so we're fairly impressed by this initial showing of something that's still in development. AMD also demonstrated that APU acceleration in Internet Explorer 9 offered a 25x performance increase from 2fps to 50fps with graphically intensive web pages.

For a brief moment AMD showed its Fusion CPUs in a large silicon wafer, but our attempts at getting a photograph after the show were met with stern denials, as the AMD spokeswoman promptly hid it behind her as she bolted for the exit. Maybe AMD can't afford to waste a single wafer? We don't know.

AMD confirmed its Llano APU is aimed at the mainstream market, and that the Ontario design is designed for low power use and long battery life. Both will provide the 'full HD PC experience', including an upgraded UVD3 enhanced video processing engine, all available in affordable and thin laptops. Both CPUs are being sampled to customers (system builders) now, and we can expect finished laptops in the first half of next year

Amusingly, and quite rightly, AMD explained that 'no consumer needs to open their excel spreadsheet faster' and that 'no-one knows what processor is in their TV'. AMD's focus is only consuming media and data movement, which constitutes a major part of its continued Vision brand push.

To push its Fusion products further, AMD announced its Fusion Fund Program, that will directly invest in hardware and software start-up companies. When asked to confirm a budget attached to this program, AMD refused to provide more details until a later date.

Finally, AMD will also be launching launching Vision Black laptops that have CPUs with unlocked multipliers to allow overclocking and tweaking. Does it come with its own pot for LN2 to be poured in at the side we wonder? Click here for a bit more on AMD's new range of components for Vision laptops.

Do you recon AMD is finally back in the competitive game with Fusion APUs? Will you look forward to playing DX11 titles on your ultrathin laptop? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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mi1ez 3rd June 2010, 17:20 Quote
We'll have to wait and see, but I think this could be quite a product!
CharlO 3rd June 2010, 17:48 Quote
Love u amd!
alpaca 3rd June 2010, 17:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by article
Finally, AMD will also be launching launching Vision Black laptops

I can only assume a staged launch then?
alwayssts 3rd June 2010, 17:53 Quote
Thanks for TRYING to get a pic of the wafer, Bit-tech! I thought I heard someone ask during the happy "Everybody turn to the left" photosession, and them saying "IT WAS A SNEAK PEAK!!!"
dec 3rd June 2010, 17:55 Quote
:D id like to see a LN2 cooled laptop
deathtaker27 3rd June 2010, 18:03 Quote
looks good, maybe cheap gaming laptops?
Goty 3rd June 2010, 18:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by dec
:D id like to see a LN2 cooled laptop

Ask and ye shall receive! :D

http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/showthread.php?t=187131
frontline 3rd June 2010, 21:38 Quote
Full video recording of the presentation http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/7382763

Relevant bit starts around 43 mins
javaman 3rd June 2010, 22:34 Quote
Vision excites me as does Llano. The more I hear about it makes me feel its gonna pull them closer to Intel. I just wonder how far intels new upcomming processor will change things again. Could the hush about Llano be due to Apple? If its true that Applehey want to keep things hushed, you know what theyre like with secrecy, normally.
Burdman27911 4th June 2010, 02:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by alpaca
Quote:
Originally Posted by article
Finally, AMD will also be launching launching Vision Black laptops

I can only assume a staged launch then?
Then I suppose today was the pre-launch for the launching of the launching...

Looking forward to seeing how these things take off,... if they ever do.
Phil Rhodes 4th June 2010, 07:48 Quote
Bindi edit: No need to be a dick about a typo
B1GBUD 4th June 2010, 08:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
AMD explained that 'no consumer needs to open their excel spreadsheet faster

I beg to frikkin differ!!!
Chocobollz 4th June 2010, 09:26 Quote
Hey! At least it's not Alien vs Creditor. Hey look the Alien goes bankrupt because of their Creditor! LOL :p
lacuna 4th June 2010, 10:00 Quote
We could start a whole new franchise of aliens fighting things ending in 'or'

Aliens Vs Terminator -that would be epic
rickysio 4th June 2010, 10:32 Quote
What can we do with a picture of a wafer?

Desire for waffles?
Overparanoia never did anything good.
javaman 4th June 2010, 11:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by lacuna
We could start a whole new franchise of aliens fighting things ending in 'or'

Aliens Vs Terminator -that would be epic

Aliens vs Big brother household. thats reality TV I would watch!!
Cupboard 5th June 2010, 01:02 Quote
liking the click to enlarge the picture, how long have we been able to do that for?

And I realise this has little to do with the chip, I honestly don't have anything to add more than has already been!
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 5th June 2010, 16:28 Quote
At this rate all lap tops will require LN2 and run on a hydrogen cell battery

How about Alien vs. The Negotiator
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