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.
The specs on the power-efficient desktop remain similar to the Wind laptop: a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom, up to 2 GB DRAM, 160 GB hard disk storage, and WiFi 802.11b/g to keep you connected. It comes with Microsoft Windows XP. Unlike the Wind mini-laptop it has an in-built DVD drive. But just like its portable cognate from the MSI stable, it is highly power-efficient and consumes 7 times less power than other desktops.
The top-end version is priced $299 and the base model has a $199 price tag.The commercial launch of the small desktop will not happen until August and only business users will be able to lay their hands on this slender desktop in July, as MSI expects them to be set its cash registers ringing.
Intel and VIA are concentrating their resources on developing the least power-sapping processors to wrest the lucrative ultra-portables market. But they might soon have to contend with a late entrant. A leaked slide on Gottabemobile.com suggests that AMD is going to enter the low-voltage processor race with its Shrike platform.
Assuming the authenticity of the slide and veracity of Gottabemobile, the Shrike platform will be the first manifestation of AMD’s exciting Fusion platform, and so, will have a GPU and CPU on the same dye. The slide proudly proclaims Shrike to be the first Accelerated Processing Unit. If this does head to ultra-portables then it will certainly spruce up their limited graphical capabilities.