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AMD Sampling Fusion 'Llano' Chips to Customers

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.

Read more at X-bit labs.

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.
  • Parsian
    GPGPU FTW go AMD
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  • qwerty45
    awesome
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  • weilin
    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 pads.

    did you forget an i as in ipads in that sentence? Hinting at something by chance?
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  • micr0be
    FOR THE LOVE OF AMD!!!!
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  • kelfen
    from the specs it looks pretty good; GO AMD
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  • sinfulpotato
    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
    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
    It looks like AMD is going the 'good and cheaper' route.
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  • rambo117
    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
    Only 18 months behind Clarksdale, Intel's 32nm CpuGpu. rofl
    This is good news for AMD ?
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