AMD is launching their AMD Fusion family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) — “combination of the CPU and GPU into a single die. “AMD has combined multi-core CPU (x86) technology with discrete-level graphics.
The 2011 low-power AMD Fusion APU platform (codenamed “Brazos”), designed for everyday computing for PCs like netbooks and other small form factor PCs, will come in 2 flavors: the E-Series and C-Series. These APUs come with AMD’s new x86 CPU core codenamed “Bobcat”. Later in 2011, the A-Series will hit designed for mainstream laptops and desktop PCs (codenamed “Llano”) which’ll have up to 4 x86 cores.
The above image is a scan of a AMD CPU (top), a AMD GPU (middle) and a AMD Fusion APU (bottom) compared to a U.S. Quarter.
The graphics side of the Fusion APU is powered with what AMD is calling the VISION Engine. The VISION Engine consists of DirectX 11 capable graphics capabilities, a UVD3 video acceleration block (like the one found in the new AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series GPUs) for native mpeg-4, mpeg-2, h264, DivX decoding, and parallel processing designed to help speed up application performance. A PC with an AMD Fusion APU can take full advantage of hardware-accelerated web browsing with IE9 and Windows 7.
AMD Fusion APUs also come with AMD’s AllDay Power feature for about 10 hours (or more) of battery life. Fusion APUs are also virtualization-capable as well.
AMD is using IE9 to showcase their new hardware innovation, and have created a set of rich web applications to showcase the graphic performance capability of Fusion through IE9.
AMD created a set of rich web applications to showcase the graphic performance capability of Fusion through Internet Explorer 9.