AMD's Partners Say ''Whoa'' to Llano Fusion Chips

AMD's dropping of the ATI brand was a sign that the company is moving towards a future where the lines between CPU and GPU are blurred.

We know about the Bobcat and Bulldozer cores en route, but what about Llano – the first mainstream Fusion product from AMD?

AMD's Leslie Sobon, Vice President Worldwide Product Marketing, shared in an interview with InsideHW a rough ballpark date of when we'll be seeing Fusion chips in our computers.

"We are shipping Ontario and Zacate in Q4 this year, and products should hit the shelves early next year," said Sobon. "Llano will start shipping in the first half or 2011, and products should be available in summer 2011.

"While Ontario is oriented towards the netbook market, Llano is for the bulk of the market, in terms of mainstream and high-end notebooks and mainstream desktops. As we move from Zacate and Ontario platforms to Brazos, you will get more features, more functionality."

Sobon added that it's difficult to nail a hard date for products, particularly notebooks, because it takes 12 to 18 months for notebook designs to become products on the market. Whenever it does, though, she thinks it'll be a hit.

"And let me tell you one thing about Llano, the reaction of all our partners after seeing the demo was, in one word, 'whoa'."

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • ares1214
    I was hoping for a bit earlier on Llano. This gives a pretty large lead to intel as far as time. Any news on Scorpius/BD?
  • Agges
    The 'Whoa' I usually use is when something is slow... Followed by me considering hitting my head on the desk! BTW No AMD hate, great with decent integrated products in the pipeline
  • nightcrawl3r
    I didn't know this was possible but I am glad this is happening.
  • gwellin
    "Whoa"? Is Keano Reeves one of there partners?
  • huron
    Honestly, I had thought the title was implying they weren't impressed and wanted to stop it until I read the article.

    Now I'm left wondering if the partners sounded like Keanu Reeves in nearly every movie he has been in, or was it more like Joey Lawrence type of whoa?
  • superblahman123
    ok, so they're starting out in the netbook market, where Intel already has dominance (mostly anyway). They come out with a whole new tech that changes the game, the way motherboards need to be setup, and give hardware vendors a headache to gather support for this tech while Intel continues their lead on their HT CPU's and force feed people that "more cores = 'better!'" They may still have the lead for awhile against Nvidia, but Intel is going to be tricky to top.

    I love this idea from AMD, my only fear is that Intel will have already gotten too far ahead of them by the time this tech comes out.
  • pcworm
    when I see whoa, I hear wohoho (chandler from friends)
  • When I say WHOA - I MEAN WHOA!
  • dalta centauri
    DX11 capable integrated gpu within a quad core cpu that's being brought onto the market, starting off with netbooks/notebooks? This is gonna be pretty cool.
    Honestly, when I saw "woah" I actually took it as.
    "Woah, serious ***'s happening."
  • The Future is FUSION!!!