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What Fusion Brings to the Table

What Fusion Brings to the Table

HWZ: How is the AMD Fusion initiative shaping up? When can we expect to see it?

Taylor: Fusion is expected to become retail ready around late 2009. Expect some announcements to be made soon with regards to the work that AMD has been doing in this area.


HWZ: Which markets is AMD focusing their Fusion strategy in and who would benefit the most out of this realization?

Taylor: To bring about unlocking the real expected performance gains by bringing both the CPU and GPU architectures together, that would take some time since it highly depends on the extent of collaboration and breakthrough in software design tools to embrace the new GP-CPU initiatives. However, those who will benefit first would the notebook vendors and the notebook users. With the simplicity of the internal notebook hardware, we can expect further innovations on the design of thin-and-light notebooks (maybe even smaller, lighter), more battery life or other feature implementation such as perhaps integrating a much more powerful discrete graphics commonly found in much larger notebooks thanks to the space savings using the Fusion platform. Those who would benefit the most would be dependant upon how things roll out with how software adopts to the APUs. It has implications throughout the entire computing space, such as high performance computing (HPC space), data centers (some are being involved increasingly with more media intensive workloads), as well as desktop and gaming. It will have broad implications, when it takes off.