AMD’s Upcoming Roadmap Leaked, Shows New Fusion APUs

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AMD’s Fusion APUs, which marry AMD x86 CPUs with acquisition ATI’s Radeon graphics onto a single die, have proved to be formidable competitors to Intel, at least within the graphics space. A slide from deep within AMD appears to have leaked this weekend, giving some idea as to how AMD is organizing their chipmaking efforts.

We’ve written about some of AMD’s recent G-Series embedded graphics launches, which push substantial graphics performance into smaller and smaller arenas.  Just on top of those are the C- and Z-series chips, which are mobile only. Then comes the E-series, hitting thin-and-light notebooks as well as small form factor desktops – these chips definitely compare favorably with the Atom.

Most interesting, however, are the mention of AMD’s A-series class of APUs and the Z-series APUs. It is high time that AMD solidifies a tablet strategy before Intel and ARM completely eat their lunch – it also gives them another tool to wage in the increasingly heated battle with NVIDIA, who has already shown their adeptness at bringing good graphics to bear in the mobile space.

The A-series APUs, especially those reserved for higher-performance all-in-ones and desktops should prove very interesting. While they’re not going to bring the same kind of power that the upcoming Bulldozer chips will, it’s comforting to know how hard AMD is pushing graphics technology. Every single desktop that runs modern AMD chips will come with DirectX 11-class graphics, which means that everyone can benefit, not just gamers.

With the recent advances in GPGPU technology, Flash and HTML hardware decoding, OS compositing and more, it’s great to see that comparatively powerful GPUs will be avialable for everyone. Whether AMD can become competitive again with Intel on CPU technology remains to be seen.  Their GPUs, however, are top-notch, making them a pretty valuable package overall.




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