AMD Ushers in Brazos-based Fusion APUs Page: 1

AMD has been talking about Fusion for a long time now, but it has turned to reality only today; the chip maker has officially launched it Brazos platform. Featuring the first ever Fusion APUs (accelerated processing units), the launch includes the single-core C Series (Ontario) and dual-core E series (Zacate) processors.

AMD has come through with four new chips today - all crafted using TSMC 40nm process technology. Named the C-30, C-50, E-240 and E-350 chips respectively, the four processors come with Bobcat x86 cores, integrated DDR3 memory controller, and an 80 Stream processor graphics core that is fully DirectX11 compliant.

As an integrated solution offering both general processing and graphics processing, the Fusion APUs boast of ultra-smooth HD video playback and equally crisp graphics performance. Their low-power profile also makes the new processors extremely energy efficient, so laptops, notebooks, and the upcoming HD netbooks from major manufacturers can easily enjoy all-day battery life. Almost every big name in the system industry including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony, and Toshiba, among others have announced their systems based on the Brazos platform chips.

“We believe that AMD Fusion processors are, quite simply, the greatest advancement in processing since the introduction of the x86 architecture more than forty years ago,” said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group. "In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that can deliver all-day battery life. It's a new category, a new approach, and opens up exciting new experiences for consumers.”

While the official unveiling of the four new CPUs has been done today by AMD, the actual products are likely to reach markets only later in the quarter.

 Low Power APUsModel TDP Core Count  Frequency
E-Series (former codename: "Zacate")
Designed for mainstream notebooks, All-in-Ones, and small form factor desktops
 E-350 18 W 2 1.6 GHz
 E-240 18 W 1 1.5 GHz
C-Series (former codename: "Ontario")
Designed for HD netbooks and other emerging form factors
 C-50 9 W 2 1.0 GHz
 C-30 9 W 1 1.2 GHz

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