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The guys at the INQ have been talking of a merged CPU+GPU for almost a month, and it seems they were right. Dailytech introduces the new AMD CPU here.
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MD intends to design Fusion processors to provide step-function increases in performance-per-watt relative to today’s CPU-only architectures, and to provide the best customer experience in a world increasingly reliant upon 3D graphics, digital media and high-performance computing. With Fusion processors, AMD will continue to promote an open platform and encourage companies throughout the ecosystem to create innovative new co-processing solutions aimed at further optimizing specific workloads. AMD-powered Fusion platforms will continue to fully support high-end discrete graphics, physics accelerators, and other PCI Express-based solutions to meet the ever-increasing needs of the most demanding enthusiast end-users.
*EDIT Techreport has some aditional details.

**EDIT Tom has something to say.

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Fusion is expected to make its debut in the in late 2008/early 2009 timeframe. AMD said that it will use the technology within all major computing segments, including mobile, desktop, workstation, server, consumer electronics as well as products for emerging markets. Further details were not provided, but it is obvious that AMD can play with several ideas, ranging from strategies that reduce the cost of today's CPU/GPU combinations to high performance platforms that leverage the floating point capabilities of graphics engines. AMD believes that "modular processor designs leveraging both CPU and GPU compute capabilities will be essential in meeting the requirements of computing in 2008 and beyond."
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post #2 of 16
I say it's about time
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If it is going to be the heat of the cpu + the gpu, the they better throw in a TTBT as a stock cooler.
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post #4 of 16
Whoever does this right first could dominate the notebook and SFF and HTPC markets.
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Whoever does this right first could dominate the notebook and SFF and HTPC markets.
yea. but not the overclocking market!

i dont really like the idea... makes it hard for budget builders... i.e il buy the best cpu now and a chepo gfx card till xmas and buy a good one then.

you wouldnt be able to do that now would u

im sure there are many other flaws with this design.. but i just woke up
    
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What about nVidia? Some intresting assumptions about the future of X86 CPUs here.
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post #7 of 16
this new technology wont change anything for the most part.... what they are saying is taking a cpu and rewrite the arciturture of it so it can perform to be the best at graphics.. so what i see happening.. is have either a second slot on the mobo for the GPU cpu.. or haveing a card like today that has a removable gpu and to upgrade performance u just slip in a new gpu..

either way.. having the abilty to buy the GPU that you want will be a great improvement in prices that people that only need a processor for CAD can buy a GPU that is coded to be exactly for that.. also if gamers only plan on playing games on it.. it can be coded for just for gaming.. just as with the cpu.. you will need to buy ram... so y upgrade the entire card if u just want a little more ram?... slip in some more DDR4 or whatever... and there u go.. the major advantage for overclockers is that it will work just like a cpu.. so overclocking can be done with the multiplier, or fsb.. this will make fps shoot threw the roof unlike what current overclocking video cards do..
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I like the idea of the second socket. IMO the CPU+GPU on one die (or under 1 IHS) is a bad idea.
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post #9 of 16
I wonder how they plan to put all of that on one peice of silicon. GPUs are getting bigger and bigger as well as CPUs with quad core right around the corner, this is going to be a HUGE chip. Also, if it is to be done with one die, that would dramatically lower yields since it would have so many transistors.
    
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I envision a day where we have one whole half of the mobo for our 4 CPU's, 2 GPU's and 1 PPU and the cooling would involve one large slab of copper covering it with just the Memory, cable slots, and back end plugs hanging out.
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