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.
With Intel pushing its Light Peak (Thunderbolt) initiative, is it any surprise that AMD would win the 'race' to natively implement SuperSpeed USB 3.0 into its chipsets? We'll let the conspiracy theorists ponder that one, but regardless of what Intel's real intentions are, AMD is getting ready to officially support USB 3.0 in its A75 and A70M Fusion chipsets, becoming the first major PC chip vendor to back the SuperSpeed spec, The Inquirer reports.
It's still too early to call it a 'Fusion frenzy,' but we are seeing an increasing number of notebooks being built around AMD's Fusion platform. One of the newest entries is Dell's M102z ultraportable. The M102z rocks an AMD E-350 processor with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics and a slightly-larger-than-netbook 11.6-inch screen.
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.
It’s a little difficult to review MSI’s new Fusion-based E350IA-E45. Normally, our motherboard reviews consider the CPU as an adjunct to the board since consumers may populate the board with one of numerous CPUs.
That’s not so with the Mini-ITX MSI E350IA-E45 which, as its name implies, incorporates AMD’s brand new 1.6GHz E-350 with AMD’s Radeon HD 6310 graphics part soldered to the board, so you better be happy with the CPU you get.
Those holding their breath for Lenovo’s AMD Fusion-toting ThinkPad x120e ultraportable will have to keep doing so until March 8. The notebook was originally scheduled to begin shipping today, but Lenovo has pushed back the launch to next month for reasons unknown to us. However, we do know a lot of other things about this machine, including its innards and price. All that after the jump.
The VAIO YB series of AMD Fusion-powered notebooks that Sony showcased at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are here. The VAIO YB series is certainly not the first on the market with AMD’s Fusion Zacate chips, but Sony has still managed to ensure that it stands out from similar offerings from HP and Lenovo. Before you hit the jump to find out what makes the YB series stand out, let me warn you a lot of you might not like Sony’s idea of towering above the competition.
AMD wants you to know that you can use its new Fusion APUs without losing sleep at night worrying about Mother Nature. The reason? AMD's Fusion CPUs offer up to a 40 percent smaller carbon footprint compared to previous generation products, the chip maker says.
"AMD’s commitment to reduce our impact on the environment spans our operations, our behaviors and the products we design," said Nigel Dessau, Chief Marketing Officer, AMD. "AMD Fusion APUs are a remarkable example of how a company’s business interests and environmental interests can align and result in innovative products that deliver incredible experiences, value, and significant energy and cost savings for consumers and businesses alike."
AMD said it studied the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of an E-350 APU system and compared it to that of a previous generation rig running an Athlon Neo II dual-core processor and an ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430. According to AMD, the APU system generated 40.2 kg CO2e of GHG compared to 67.4kg CO2e, a 40.3 percent reduction over its estimated lifetime.
AMD’s interim CEO Thomas Seifert appeared to be enjoying his position as top dog on Friday when he reported a whopping$1.65 billion in revenue, and over $375 million in net income. In addition to the unusually strong financial numbers, he also reported that AMD has shipped over 1.3 million Fusion APUs to AMD partners since deliveries began back in November. That’s a very impressive statistic for such a new part. Fusion based notebooks only just started trickling out over the past few weeks, but based on these figures we expect this will change very soon.
Fusion wasn’t the only winner in AMD’s portfolio for 2010 either, Seifert was proud to report that over 35 million Radeon HD 5000 and HD 6000 series DirectX 11 GPUs have shipped since they hit the market just over one year ago. Numbers like these make the PC one of the bestselling gaming platforms on the market, a point AMD was no doubt trying to drive home.
Intel still dwarfs AMD’s sales several times over, but I’m sure everyone here is glad to see a competitive AMD back on the prowl.
An APU, in case you're not up to snuff on your tech acronyms, is an Accelerated Processing Unit, and today AMD announced the immediate availability of its new Embedded G-Series APU.
According to AMD, this is the world's first and only APU for embedded systems. It's based on AMD's Fusion technology, incorporating the chip maker's new lower-power x86 CPU based on the "Bobcat" core.
"AMD’s commitment is to ensure the game-changing technologies we develop for consumers and the enterprise are also available for the vast and growing embedded market,” said Patrick Patla, corporate vice president and general manager, Server and Embedded Division, AMD. “Today, we have a record number of embedded launch partners. They are using the unique advancements of the AMD Embedded G-Series APU to develop a brand new generation of highly differentiated, energy-efficient, small form-factor embedded systems that can deliver the vivid visual experience expected in our always-connected world."
The Embedded G-Series APU can be configured with up to 2 x86 Bobcat CPU cores with 1MB of L2 cache and clocked at up to 1.6GHz. Other features includes 9W or 18W TDP (depending on the number of cores), DirectX 11 graphics, third generation Unified Video Decoder (UVD), and support for DDR3-800/1066 memory.