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AMD's 'Sabine' Platform Will Support DirectX 11

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Apparently, AMD's Sabine platform will support DirectX 11 and UVD Technology when released in 2011.

For the uninitiated, AMD's Sabinemainstream desktop and notebook platform--slated for a 2011 release--will feature the company's new Llano APU: an Accelerated Processing Unit that combines a CPU and GPU on the same piece of silicon. According to leaked AMD notebook roadmap images, the Sabine platform will support USB 3.0, 16 USB ports, 6 SATA ports, Raid, and more using AMD's SB9xxM chipset. Other platform features include a DDR3-1600 MHz memory controller, an integrated clock generator and DAC, and BGA for low TDPs.

However, what's interesting that the Llano GPU will feature integrated DirectX 11 support in addition to UVD 3 and PCIe Gen 2 compatibility. As it stands, the Tigris platform and the upcoming Danube platform--the former set for a release in the second half of 2009 and latter slated for 2010--will only offer support for DirectX 10.1 and UVD 2. Additionally, the Danube platform's "Chaplain" CPU--featuring up to four cores-- will be at the heart of the Danube platform, accompanied by the RS800M and SB8xxM chipsets and the "Manhattan" GPU.

But as for the Llano--or rather AMD's "system on a chip"--the APU will feature up to four CPU cores and 32nm processing when released in 2011. The Llano APU was originally revealed back in November 2008 during AMD's 2008 Financial Analyst Day (pdf). "AMD confirmed that it plans to transition to 40nm manufacturing process in 2009. Additionally, AMD committed to extend its leadership in Microsoft DirectX technologies, including the anticipated DirectX 11 transition in 2009, thereby ensuring that ATI Radeon HD graphics cards will continue to allow gamers and developers to enjoy the latest in graphics technologies," the company reported.

Also slated for 2011 is the Orochi CPU with up to four cores, 4M cache, and DDR3, and the Ontario APU with up to two cores, 1M cache, and DDR3.

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    soky602 , April 9, 2009 7:54 PM
    STAT = Super Totally Awesome Tits
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    rcarm , April 9, 2009 7:38 PM
    what the hell is a STAT?
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    puddleglum , April 9, 2009 7:42 PM
    I think they mean SATA.
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    rcarm , April 9, 2009 7:51 PM
    Oh, lol

    and sorry for double posting
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    soky602 , April 9, 2009 7:54 PM
    STAT = Super Totally Awesome Tits
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    falchard , April 9, 2009 8:13 PM
    soky602STAT = Super Totally Awesome Tits

    I think AMD is onto something with that.

    I wonder if it will be able to do more advanced Hybrid then what we currently get with the 790GX. Maybe one were when I am not playing a game or production work using GPU accelleration it completely shuts off the GPU.
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    eddieroolz , April 9, 2009 8:30 PM
    soky602STAT = Super Totally Awesome Tits


    Brilliant!
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    bourgeoisdude , April 9, 2009 9:04 PM
    soky602STAT = Super Totally Awesome Tits


    LOL
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    the_one111 , April 9, 2009 9:08 PM
    "Use your dipstick jimmey!"

    I could use some STATs about now.
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    Anonymous , April 9, 2009 9:28 PM
    This looks(and hopefully performs) alot better than what Intel has coming out later in the year. If I don't like Intel IGPs to begin with, I doubt moving it under the CPU's heatspreader is going to make me like it any more...
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    zodiacfml , April 10, 2009 2:12 AM
    i think it will still have an IGP on the motherboard since the gpu on the processor will not be enough for graphics tasks. it will be used to accelerate applications as stated in their Fusion architecture.
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    sonofliberty08 , April 10, 2009 2:12 AM
    wish that APU can be Hybrid CF with the IGP and GPU
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    IronRyan21 , April 10, 2009 2:16 AM
    Can i have STATs with my next AMN purchase
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    Pei-chen , April 10, 2009 2:40 AM
    I though Sabine is due this summer so DX11 support is touted as a feature. By 2011, Intel and Nvidia will have something similar. In fact, I think Intel's G53/55 will be the first DX11 GPU even though it'll suck.
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    shqtth , April 10, 2009 8:54 AM
    I think for some reason fusion (gpu/cpu) got delayed because of Intel Or Nvidia. (for sake of leaving everyone in the dust) Would of been nice if it came out already instead of being pushed back.
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    Anonymous , April 10, 2009 12:13 PM
    What a name for a platform.. "Sabine"... I'm sure as their naming for platforms, the STAT will be nothing more than Symmetric and Technological Advanced TFTscreenvideosignalamplifiers or so...

    I wonder how far we are from the "One chip computer".
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    n3ard3ath , April 10, 2009 4:20 PM
    As far as we are of being a 'One world government'.
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    dimaf1985 , April 10, 2009 8:27 PM
    soky602STAT = Super Totally Awesome Tits


    +1
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    Anonymous , April 10, 2009 9:25 PM
    @n3ard3ath: I used to think the "New World Order" people were kind of kooky, until lately, now that the media is slowly trying to warm us up to the idea, and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks about it every other day... So, NWO people, I owe you an apology, and you owe me an "I told you so".
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    n3ard3ath , April 11, 2009 4:02 AM
    NWOwrestler@n3ard3ath: I used to think the "New World Order" people were kind of kooky, until lately, now that the media is slowly trying to warm us up to the idea, and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown talks about it every other day... So, NWO people, I owe you an apology, and you owe me an "I told you so".


    The only person you owe something is you. When you hear about world bankers talking about an internationnal taxe, it's only a conformation of what's really happening. Enginnered economic crash to further advance the end objective.
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