Products Featuring AMD's Fusion Chip to Debut Next Year

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The first consumer products powered by Advanced Micro Devices' upcoming Fusion chips will be available early next year, officials at the chip maker said today. The Fusion family consists of chips, or APUs (Accelerated Processing units), that combine CPU and GPU cores onto a single die.

The Ontario (codename) System-on-Chip, which combines two Bobcat CPU cores and a DirectX 11-capable GPU core, will be the first Fusion chip on the market . Onatrio is aimed at netbooks and ultra-portable laptops, with the chip maker promising “90% of today’s mainstream performance in less than half of die area.”  According to Dina McKinney, vice president of design engineering at AMD, Bobcat's CPU core will consume less than 1 watt of power.

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