AMD today announced the completion of the acquisition of graphics chip developer ATI, and unveilled some details about its plans to build the "Fusion" chip, a processor with built-in graphics.
According to AMD's press release, the company will "create a new class of
x86 processor that integrates the central processing unit (CPU) and
graphics processing unit (GPU) at the silicon level with a broad set of
design initiatives collectively codenamed Fusion."
AMD intends to design Fusion processors to provide step-function increases
in performance-per-watt relative to today?s CPU-only architectures, and to
"provide the best customer experience in a world increasingly reliant upon
3D graphics, digital media and high-performance computing."
"AMD-powered Fusion platforms will continue to fully support high-end
discrete graphics, physics accelerators, and other PCI Express-based
solutions to meet the ever-increasing needs of the most demanding
enthusiast end-users," said AMD.
"With the anticipated launch of Windows Vista, robust 3D graphics, digital
media and device convergence are driving the need for greater performance,
graphics capabilities, and battery life," said Phil Hester, AMD senior
vice president and chief technology officer. "In this increasingly diverse
x86 computing environment, simply adding more CPU cores to a baseline
architecture will not be enough. As x86 scales from palmtops to petaFLOPS,
modular processor designs leveraging both CPU and GPU compute capabilities
will be essential in meeting the requirements of computing in 2008 and
Fusion processors are expected in late 2008/early 2009, and the company
expects to use them within all of the company?s priority computing
categories, including laptops, desktops, workstations and servers, as well
as in consumer electronics and solutions tailored for the needs of
AMD also announced its plans to deliver a range of integrated platforms in
2007 to serve key markets, including: commercial clients; mobile
computing; and gaming and media computing. PC users will benefit from
innovations intended to extend battery life on the next-generation AMD
Turion 64 mobile technology-based platform and enhancements to the AMD
LIVE! digital media PC platform that will enable users to get more from
their favorite photos, music, and movies. AMD believes that these
integrated platform innovations will bring customers improved system
stability, better time-to-market, increased performance and
energy-efficiency and overall, an enhanced user experience.
AMD also sees an opportunity to deliver processing solutions to the
growing consumer electronics market. The company intends to leverage ATI?s
strength in the consumer market by pursuing new opportunities to invest in
the consumer electronics and high-end discrete graphics markets.