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AMD IS READY to reveal a whole heap of information to industry experts at AMD's semi-annual analyst day gathering in a place called Sunnyvale.
One of the items on the menu will be AMD's "Fusion" and details about Torrenza, both big projects in 2008.

However, the situation about which sockets will be in play for Torrenza/Fusion is relatively complex.

AMD is talking about integrating the Fusion processor in UMPC computers such as Samsung's Q1 Ultra, and for that the current socket Mister S1 just does not fit.

Enter the worlds of sockets FM1, FM2 and FM3. These new sockets will have interesting operational compatibility with its current sockets.

Even though customers are crying foul when it comes to the allegedly "Customer Centric" company, it seems nothing can stop DAAMIT from the constant introduction of new processor sockets. There is a certain unflattering term "midget brained engineers" floating around those very customers AMD should be taking care of.

In other Fusion-related news, it will be interesting to see support for both Displayport, HDMI, DVI and TV-out coming from the processor itself.

Fusion also has one purpose nobody has yet talked about but me. But I will tantalise you by not telling you about that right now, because I am in the gymn. Somewhere on the planet. µ
Yay..... more sockets.... seems to be a lot of news about Fusion leaking out in the past couple of days. I'm hoping for an actual review to leak out.....
    
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Fusion is not for us anyways. I don't know why anyone would be upset. It's clearly a replacement for on board graphics, not for full blown graphics cards.
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What makes current socket insufficient? Intel stuck with 775 from P4 -> C2. Older chipsets won't work with C2, but the socket itself has stayed the same
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What makes current socket insufficient? Intel stuck with 775 from P4 -> C2. Older chipsets won't work with C2, but the socket itself has stayed the same
If you still have to buy a new motherboard, why would it matter what the socket is?
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Its not for the gamers of this world. As said a replacement for onboard.
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It may also prove to be useful like Nvidia's Hybrid SLI where the onboard GPU could be used to perform additional FP instructions.
    
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Fusion is not for us anyways. I don't know why anyone would be upset. It's clearly a replacement for on board graphics, not for full blown graphics cards.
Precisely.
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I wonder if this compares with like 8400's 2600s or like 7200's?
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What makes current socket insufficient? Intel stuck with 775 from P4 -> C2. Older chipsets won't work with C2, but the socket itself has stayed the same
but see that socket had what 500 revisions and voltage changes? AMD is aiming to keep the AM2 socket design but have it usable by the newer AM3 CPUs to counter Intels "It needs more voltage? Make another board!" mindset. And apparently do the same with the new Fusion socket. So the newer CPUs can backpedal and be put in the older AM2(+) socket..
    
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What is good about intel is that they retained the same HSF design so no need to buy new backplates..
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