News Bits: AMD Fusion CPU+GPU, Intel Larrabee Graphics, MSI Gaming Notebooks

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AMD Fusion details uncovered

AMD’s Fusion project has been known about for some time, but due to the company’s financial problems, it hasn’t received much attention. Fusion will be AMD’s first CPU+GPU chip. AMD has recently been working with contract manufacturer TSMC, who will be producing the Fusion chips.

The first Fusion chip, codenamed Shrike, will be a dual-core Phenom processor and an ATI RV800 graphics core; this is more powerful than originally expected. Shrike will be introduced as a 40nm chip, but will be a 32nm part in the beginning of 2010.

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Intel Larrabee graphics card details emerge

Intel’s Larrabee chip technology will help Intel earn a spot in the high-end graphics card market. Larrabee will be a template for a series of chips. Unlike processors which have two to four cores, Larrabee chips will have somewhere between 12 to 48. AMD and Nvidia already have graphics processor chips with several hundred cores, so Intel is facing substantial competition.

AMD and Nvidia naturally say Intel’s graphics chips will not be able to outperform their own. They point out flaws, such as the fact that Intel will be using software to do a lot of the rendering. Besides the performance challenge, Intel is also needs to match the manufacturing cost and power consumption of current GPUs.

Larrabee’s main selling point is that it is x86, and many programmers know how to take advantage of that technology.

Sourced from the Wall Street Journal; original article "Intel to Offer Details Of Chip Technology" by Don Clark

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MSI introduces GX620 and GX720 gaming notebooks

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Micro Star International has introduced its latest gaming notebooks, the 15.4" GX620 and 17" GX720. Both are based on the latest Intel Centrino 2 mobile platform and feature the Nvidia GeForce 9600M-GT graphics card. They feature "Turbo Drive Engine Technology", which allows users to overclock the Core 2 Duo processor up to 15%.

Specifications of the two notebooks are as follows:

  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Intel Core 2 Duo processors and PM45 chipset
  • 15.4" WSXGA+ (GX620)/17" WSXGA+ (GX720)
  • Nvidia GeForce 9600M-GT with 512MB GDDR3
  • Up to 4GB DDR2-800 RAM
  • 802.11b/g/n wireless

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HP introduces 550 business notebook

HP has quietly introduced the 550 business notebook. It has an affordable price tag and is based on the previous-gen Intel Centrino platform. Specifications of the 550 include a 15.4" WXGA display, Celeron or Core 2 Duo processors, up to 4GB RAM, and Intel GMA X3100 graphics.

Pricing was not announced, but expect it to be in the $500 – $600 range (starting).

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Intel Capella platform coming in Q3’09

According to a DigiTimes report, Intel will launch its ‘Capella’ notebook platform in Q3 2009. It will have Nehalem based CPUs, which do away with the current northbridge/southbridge package and the Front Side Bus (FSB). Capella will use the next-gen Intel Clarksfield and Auburndale notebook processors, which feature an on-die DDR3 memory controller. 802.11a/g/b/n wireless and WiMAX will be supported.

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