updated 03:15 pm EDT, Wed June 2, 2010
AMD Fusion CPU, GPU hybrid shown at Computex
AMD for the first time demonstrated its Fusion hybrid processor at Computex on Wednesday. The Fusion processor combines high-performance serial computing and parallel graphics processing cores onto a single die. This includes an x86 CPU, DirectX 11 graphics, a video processor and other components. Senior VP and GM of AMD Products Group Rick Bergman said there would be two versions of the Fusion, with the Llano meant for mainstream notebooks and desktops and the low-power Ontario for smaller notebooks, netbooks and other devices.
Either chip will have the ability to handle HD video decoding and DirectX 11 games. The 32nm Llano will have up to four cores, with the dual-core Ontario based on a 40nm architecture. At the show, AMD showed off the new chips to various interested computer builders. The Ontario was shown running the DirectX 11-aware game Aliens vs. Predator.
The AMD Fusion processors are due for a release during the first half of 2011, though pricing and hard specifications haven't been announced.