AMD announced the launch of the AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) a single die design — that combines the multi-core CPU (x86) technology with the powerful DirectX11-capable graphics and a parallel processing engine. The APU also includes a dedicated high-definition video acceleration block, and a high-speed bus that speeds data across the differing types of processor cores within the same design.
The APU comes in the following two versions based on performance and (low) power draw. One, E-Series, an 18-watt TDP APU formerly codenamed ‘Zacate’ is for ultrathin, mainstream, and value notebooks as well as desktops and all-in-ones. Two, C-Series, a 9-watt APU formerly codenamed “Ontario” for netbooks and small form factor desktops and devices.
Over 11 AMD Fusion-based systems will be launched in India in the first half of 2011 from leading manufacturers including Sony, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, MSI and Toshiba, who will deliver AMD Fusion APU-based systems at very compelling value and mainstream price points.
‘AMD Fusion marks a monumental shift in computing performance, experience and possibilities because of the powerful combination of CPUs and discrete-level GPUs, said Ravi Swaminathan, Managing Director and Regional Vice-President, Sales & Marketing, AMD India at the launch in Bangalore. ‘AMD Fusion will eliminate the need for consumers to choose between power and performance enabling exciting new computing experiences at price points that offer tremendous value. This will also allow our partners to offer exciting new form factors on a robust computing platform.’