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Due in late 2009, AMD will make its Fusion chips using silicon-on-insulator technology

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Much speculation has surrounded Advanced Micro Devices' manufacturing plans for its upcoming Fusion family of processors and whether these chips could be produced under contract. But a senior executive said on Tuesday that AMD plans to manufacture the first chips itself.
The first Fusion processors will be made at AMD's chip plant in Dresden, Germany, said Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager of AMD's Graphics Products Group, during an interview.
"There are some lower-end models that we're considering that we might use the fabless model for," Bergman said, indicating the production of these chips would be outsourced.
Due in late 2009, Fusion chips will combine processor cores, a memory controller, and graphics cores on a single piece of silicon. Current AMD processors have the processor cores and memory controller on the same chip. Adding a graphics core to these chips is technically challenging, in part because AMD's existing microprocessors and graphics chips are made using different technology.
AMD's graphics chips are made by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. using a bulk CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) process, while the processors are made by AMD and Chartered Semiconductor using SOI (silicon-on-insulator) technology.
The Fusion chips will be made using SOI, Bergman said.
http://www.infoworld.com/article/08/...n_chips_1.html
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glad to see AMD progressing along. please, no AMD bashing....
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Will this fusion technique drastically increase the fighters power level?
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Hmm.... AMD has ways to go in perfecting the art of fabbing GPUs. Hope they can actually pull it off.
    
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What would the benefit of a fusion chip? I like the idea, but would like a better understanding of it.
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What would the benefit of a fusion chip? I like the idea, but would like a better understanding of it.
Putting the gpu on die would be an advantage for SFF motherboards for example. It would save the space because you wouldn't have to put the integrated gpu some other place.
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Putting the gpu on die would be an advantage for SFF motherboards for example. It would save the space because you wouldn't have to put the integrated gpu some other place.
Gotcha,that would save some room on the motherboard.
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Gotcha,that would save some room on the motherboard.
It's not just that, like Larrabee it's supposed to be much more powerful than an integrated solution.
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What would the benefit of a fusion chip? I like the idea, but would like a better understanding of it.
If they do it right (and i have no clue how they are going to do this) it allows the CPU to use an onboard GPU for functions that the CPU is normally very bad at (like parallel processing.) Thus you get the best of both worlds without too much modification to the actual application. It could boost the CPU's power significantly.

Also a 2nd possible use is allows for onboard graphics that by today's standards would blow current onboard solutions away in cost and performance. By allowing better cooling, better data transfer, etc. In the future we may even be plugging RAM sticks with GDDR5 into our motherboards.
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I can see this reducing power consumption, particularly for laptops with integrated graphics, but this definitely won't help with the people who try to use such solutions for games.
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