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A misconception that Amato notes is that Fusion processors will not only be available in single-chip flavors, but also mutli-chip formats. Two Fusion processors linked together would allow for parallel GPUs. He says that AMD has still not solidified the future plans of Fusion yet, but indicates it would be very likely to see a Fusion processor with a GPU and CPU connected through a Crossfire-like interface -- and have a total TDP of less than 120 Watts.
http://www.dailytech.com/AMD+Talks+G...rticle8066.htm

You know what would be cool. Say AMD sells a platform that can scale chips (kind of like SLI / Crossfire). So they one chip. You want more performance, you buy more chips, and the performance scales. So you can plug in 8 chips and you would get the performance of 8 chips. Want more, get more. Only need a browser PC, only get 1 chip.
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Intersting, The future of gaming ... Utility and Simplicity from the core, Well Utility OK ; Simplicity Nahh.

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Intersting, The future of gaming ... Utility and Simplicity from the core, Well Utility OK ; Simplicity Nahh.

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Well this isn't really the future of gaming. I have a feeling this is the future of mainstream / OEM computers.
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You know what would be cool. Say AMD sells a platform that can scale chips (kind of like SLI / Crossfire). So they one chip. You want more performance, you buy more chips, and the performance scales. So you can plug in 8 chips and you would get the performance of 8 chips. Want more, get more. Only need a browser PC, only get 1 chip.
That would be sweet, only having to buy another chip instead of changing loads of other components
 
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Didn't they announce this a while back?
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You know what would be cool. Say AMD sells a platform that can scale chips (kind of like SLI / Crossfire). So they one chip. You want more performance, you buy more chips, and the performance scales. So you can plug in 8 chips and you would get the performance of 8 chips. Want more, get more. Only need a browser PC, only get 1 chip.
As an interesting technology as it is, don't forget for each chip you would add, that would be adding +65 watts of heat plus you must out fit each on with a cooler too. AMD learned this with the dual CPU solution to quad core.

I heard that that is what they planned to do with their 4x4, and have one CPU, with the other slot possibly receiving one of these GPGPU chips. But they realized that it sounded very good, but wouldn't be practical.
    
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Didn't they announce this a while back?
Yes, but he is just clarifying it in that article.
    
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You know what would be cool. Say AMD sells a platform that can scale chips (kind of like SLI / Crossfire). So they one chip. You want more performance, you buy more chips, and the performance scales. So you can plug in 8 chips and you would get the performance of 8 chips. Want more, get more. Only need a browser PC, only get 1 chip.
Personally i don't like the idea of less components... it forces you to spend more money on a single part and hinders competition between component manufacture. I see how the performance boost could be and i like your idea of more chips more cash but still it will drive prices up a bit...
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It's got to be the natural progression. remember when math co-processors where a seperate chip? I think it will be a long time for the leading performance item are to be integrated. but it'll happen without a doubt.
    
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This would be cool, having these chips run at 1GHz each for something like this:

1-2 Chips: Web Browsing
3-5 Chips: Gaming Computer
6-8 Chips: Top-Of-The-Line

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