AMD shows off Fusion processor

TAIPEI: Chipmaker AMD delivered the first public demonstration of its Fusion processor at Computex 2010 here. It said the new processor family represents a significant shift in processor architecture and capabilities.

Fusion combines high-performance serial computing and parallel graphics processing cores onto a single die, it said.

AMD said this improves the processing of visual and data-intensive tasks that are pervasive in today’s computing environments (see a video of the demonstration,

Hundreds of millions of us now create, interact with, and share intensely visual digital content,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice-president and general manager at AMD Product Group. “This explosion in multimedia requires new applications and new ways to manage and manipulate data.”

“Low resolution video needs to be up-scaled for larger screens, HD video must be shrunk for smartphones, and home movies need to be stabilised and cleaned up for more enjoyable viewing,” he said.

“When AMD formally launches the Fusion family of APUs (accelerated processing units), scheduled for the first half of 2011, we expect the PC experience to evolve dramatically.”

AMD also unveiled the “AMD Fusion Fund,” a vehicle to make strategic investments in companies developing innovative solutions that will take advantage of the forthcoming Fusion APUs.

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