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AMD Sampling Fusion 'Llano' Chips to Customers

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 66 comments

AMD's first Fusion is now in the hands of AMD's customers for testing purposes.

AMD at its recent financial conference call revealed that it is now sampling its CPU+GPU Fusion designs, both internally and with partners.

"We plan to commence volume production in the back half of this year. We do now have internal samples of both of our initial Fusion designs, we are learning quite a lot, and are quite happy with what we see, and we started sampling to select customers, one of those two designs," said Dirk Meyer, chief executive officer and president of AMD, during the quarterly conference call.

The two new designs are Llano and Ontario, with the former being the one that's being sampled to select customers (perhaps even Apple). Less is known about Ontario, except that it'll be aimed at mobile devices rather than traditional computing.

"[Bobcat] is the brand new x86 micro-architecture, which first appears in the Ontario product which we talked about in the analyst conference. The Ontario product is really focused on, I’ll call it value PCs and netbooks, but the Bobcat technology and other technologies that we have in house are appropriate for lower power envelopes [and products like] pads. You’ll see Bobcat-based products show up the following year [in] these market segments," said Mr. Meyer.

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    Dirtman73 , April 20, 2010 2:20 AM
    otacon72 I can't remember when AMD came close to touching intel's CPUs.


    You must have a faulty memory.
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    Parsian , April 20, 2010 1:53 AM
    GPGPU FTW go AMD
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    micr0be , April 20, 2010 2:15 AM
    FOR THE LOVE OF AMD!!!!
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    Parsian , April 20, 2010 1:53 AM
    GPGPU FTW go AMD
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    qwerty45 , April 20, 2010 1:58 AM
    awesome
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    micr0be , April 20, 2010 2:15 AM
    FOR THE LOVE OF AMD!!!!
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    kelfen , April 20, 2010 2:17 AM
    from the specs it looks pretty good; GO AMD
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    sinfulpotato , April 20, 2010 2:20 AM
    Otacon, AMD is releasing a new 6 core processor that in priced at 4core i7 level.

    This Llano stuff is HUGE, it is news. It can be a game changer for the chip market. The majority of the market is not high end, its low end and low power. If Llano works as it should AMD can grab a HUGE piece of the notebook and low end desktop market.
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    Dirtman73 , April 20, 2010 2:20 AM
    otacon72 I can't remember when AMD came close to touching intel's CPUs.


    You must have a faulty memory.
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    soundefx , April 20, 2010 2:25 AM
    It looks like AMD is going the 'good and cheaper' route.
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    rambo117 , April 20, 2010 2:39 AM
    AMD FTW!! I'm both excited and worried about this new design. Is the GPU onboard going to be comparable to the one on the i3's? DX11 won't mean much if thats the case...
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    notty22 , April 20, 2010 2:42 AM
    Only 18 months behind Clarksdale, Intel's 32nm CpuGpu. rofl
    This is good news for AMD ?
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    SneakySnake , April 20, 2010 2:42 AM
    rambo117AMD FTW!! I'm both excited and worried about this new design. Is the GPU onboard going to be comparable to the one on the i3's? DX11 won't mean much if thats the case...


    Huh? The i3's don't have any GPU built into them
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    sinfulpotato , April 20, 2010 2:43 AM
    rambo117AMD FTW!! I'm both excited and worried about this new design. Is the GPU onboard going to be comparable to the one on the i3's? DX11 won't mean much if thats the case...


    I have seen it said that it will be ~HD5600's or HD5500's.
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    rambo117 , April 20, 2010 2:45 AM
    sinfulpotatoI have seen it said that it will be ~HD5600's or HD5500's.

    Nice :) 
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    dreamer77dd , April 20, 2010 2:45 AM
    Intel has money to loose AMD does not. I believe it is a new direction they bin working on for some time now. i think you could use this chip for more then one system. desktop, server, mobile most people dont need the power to run photoshope on their mobile pc. The floating point is high and would be great if they could take the knowledge and add it to servers. It think it is good idea and only the first so my expectations are not high but at least their thinking. when you want to stay a float your forced to think of better ways of doing things for cheaper. i know i could loose 2 second in performance for cost value. I dont expect the chip to last a life time as it will be replaced anyways in 5 years be old by then. he said pad not ipad because their will be note pads coming out, short form i guess. i would not go head to head with intel, beat them were their not focused.
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    babybeluga , April 20, 2010 2:46 AM
    I'm an AMD customer. Why don't I get one?

    =(
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    babybeluga , April 20, 2010 2:51 AM
    dreamer77ddblah blah blah


    I really hope English isn't your first language because that whole comment was painful to read.
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    sinfulpotato , April 20, 2010 2:54 AM
    People who are saying that this is "late" to the party. Its not, intels CPUs with GPUs are just pasted together (Think C2D + Glue stick = C2Q).

    The Llano is a single chip. Where the GPU and the CPU have a direct line of communication. Which in theory, makes it very quick for a low power integrated GPU.

    It also seems this has caught Apples attention, because they seem to loathe Intels integrated GPU, but are forced to use it for the i5 and i7.
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    Kelavarus , April 20, 2010 2:56 AM
    10tacleAs an upper-to-high end builder (4.3GHz E8400 overclocked rig and building an i930 rig next shooting for a 4.5GHz overclock), I don't care what or where the "majority" of the market is. With that said, good for AMD and keep it up. Without them, we wouldn't have the i3/i5/i7 right now.


    I'm sure AMD looks at your post and says "Fascinating, but we do."
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    babybeluga , April 20, 2010 2:59 AM
    otacon72Since I obviously have a faulty memory please enlighten me as to which AMD CPU has come close to touching anything of Intel's since say Core 2 Duo came out in '07. I wasn't bashing AMD I just want more competition. The ones who gave me thumbs down obviously can't comprehend English.


    Way to narrow the playing field to post C2D to save your ass.
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