Next-gen AMD Fusion CPU + GPU Coming in 2015

AMD's initial product based on its Fusion initiative, codenamed Llano, is now sampling with vendors. This first iteration will combine the GPU and CPU on the same die, which will drive down power requirements and costs.

While Llano will be based off of Phenom II technology and will be paired with ATI Radeon GPU design, AMD says that its next-generation Fusion will blur the line between CPU and GPU. That next big change is planned for 2015, Leslie Sobon, vice president of marketing at AMD, told IDG.

The next Fusion will have the philosophy of full integration of both GPU and CPU, aiming to take full advantage of new standards like OpenCL.

"The second iteration [in] 2015 ... you're not going to be able to tell the difference. It's all going away," Sobon said.

While some computations will still be best for the traditional CPU architecture, software that would run more efficient on a GPU-like design is where Fusion should thrive.

"The GPU is perfect for antivirus. It's a perfect parallel-processed application. In the Fusion-based time frame that's where it needs to go," Sobon said.

Still, that's five years away. Right now Fusion is sampling to potential customers, and Dell and Apple are in the rumored bunch.

In related news, Digitimes cites sources saying that AMD will be enlisting the help of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to fabricate its Fusion chips on the 40nm process.

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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    beautiful stuff, but the true system builder (most of us on toms) will want a GPU seperate from the CPU, just so we can choose excactly what we want.

    I do see this becoming ideal in netbooks, small desktops, office computers, HTCP's etc.

    Love to see computer evolution!
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  • joytech22
    This should definitely shake up the market a bit, but by that time the major CPU manufacturers would have already done this, hopefully AMD isn't going to make us wait 5 whole years (as said) to put a GPU onto a already outdated Phenom II CPU architecture.
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  • worl
    Please AMD dont make this another larrabee. This is a great chance to pull ahead of intel dont mess up.

    Can't to see the resultss of the 2nd gen.
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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    beautiful stuff, but the true system builder (most of us on toms) will want a GPU seperate from the CPU, just so we can choose excactly what we want.

    I do see this becoming ideal in netbooks, small desktops, office computers, HTCP's etc.

    Love to see computer evolution!
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  • joytech22
    This should definitely shake up the market a bit, but by that time the major CPU manufacturers would have already done this, hopefully AMD isn't going to make us wait 5 whole years (as said) to put a GPU onto a already outdated Phenom II CPU architecture.
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  • joytech22
    joytech22This should definitely shake up the market a bit, but by that time the major CPU manufacturers would have already done this, hopefully AMD isn't going to make us wait 5 whole years (as said) to put a GPU onto a already outdated Phenom II CPU architecture.


    (Forgot how to edit my own post)
    What i mean by "outdated" is that Phenom II is nothing revolutionary performance-wise on a clock for clock basis, AMD need's to implement it's GPU core into a newer architecture with better performance per clock, this would ensure nobody would have to sacrifice CPU performance for a IGP (or whatever you wish to call a GPU on a CPU)
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