Apple might want us to believe the Netbook is dead, but if sales of AMD’s all new Fusion series are any indication, the market is indeed alive and well. AMD claims it has shipped five million units of its Atom competitor since it launched back in January, and is struggling to meet demand.
AMD today rolled out its G-Series platform, the world's first combination of low-power CPU and advanced GPU integrated into a single embedded Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The G-Series is all about power, or more specifically, the power you're not consuming. According to AMD, these APUs carry thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, resulting in up to 39 percent power savings compared to previous versions.
Lenovo has started shipping its IdeaPad S205, an 11.6-inch ultraportable built around AMD's Fusion platform. The heart and soul of this system consists of AMD's E-350 APU (Accelerated Processing Unit), which combines a dual-core 1.6GHz CPU and Radeon HD 6310 graphics. The S205 is the first of Lenovo's S Series announced back at CES and starts out at $499.
You've heard that big things come in small packages, and after peering over the spec sheet for Zotac's new Fusion ITX Wi-Fi A-series motherboard, we have no reason to doubt the wisdom in that statement. This also happens to be Zotac's first Fusion motherboard, so perhaps the company was looking to make a statement. Mission accomplished.
Hewlett-Packard is bringing an enterprise version of its competitively priced Pavilion dm1z ultraportable to the market. Dubbed a “mini executive” by the company, the HP 3105m is essentially the dm1z with different branding save for a couple of trivial differences. Hit the jump for more.
Netbooks were the tablets of the pre-iPad world, but now they are found more often in market research studies bearing out claims of their cannibalization by tablets than in the marketplace itself. Acer seems to have finally found the key to this endangered specie's comeback: a hypnotic ripple-like effect on the back. Jokes apart, the upcoming Acer Aspire One 722 netbook is reported to feature a cool “water drop” effect on its lid. Hit the jump for specs.
MSI's recently unveiled X370 notebook is now available for order and, depending on which vendor you go through, will ship right away. The X370 is a budget-conscious ultraportable priced at $599 and built around AMD's dual-core E-350 Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) platform. It's a sexy looking notebook, at least in the pictures we've seen, and at 3.1 pounds, you won't throw your back out lugging it around.
AMD began shipping 40nm C- and E-series Fusion APUs (accelerated processing unit) to vendors back in Novemeber, 2010 and products featuring these integrated chips began entering the market in late January. The Fusion chips currently on the market are only meant for netbooks and low-cost notebooks. That is set to change very soon, though. AMD has begun shipping the more powerful A-series “Llano” chips to vendors, the company said Monday.
Desktop and notebooks featuring first generation graphics-enabled microprocessors (GEMs) – chips that combine CPU and GPU cores on the same die - from chip-making giants like Intel and AMD are still fairly new to the market, but market research firm iSuppli expects GEMs like Intel Sandy Bridge and AMD Fusion to establish firm control over both the desktop and notebook PC segments by the end of 2011. Hit the jump for more on iSuppli’s GEM outlook for 2011 and beyond.
Taking a cue from Field of Dreams, AMD had a notion that if it built Fusion APUs (Accelerated Processing Units), developers would come. So AMD did go out and build Fusion APUs, and developers have started showing up. According to AMD, Fusion is seeing growing support from the PC software community with more than 50 mainstream applications currently accelerated by its new APUs.