Advanced Micro Devices will bring quad-core processing and powerful graphics silicon to mainstream laptops, as it seeks to strike the right balance between the two computing paradigms.
On Tuesday, AMD is announcing the Fusion A-Series chips for mainstream consumer notebooks as well as desktops. AMD’s Fusion technology puts all of a PC’s computational power on one piece of silicon–what AMD calls an APU or accelerated processing unit. Chips will be offered with both two and four processor cores.
For quad-core systems, the trick is to reduce the power consumption of traditional desktop-class processing to levels that are usable for laptops. “What used to be accomplished in 85 watts or so [of power consumption]. That same class of performance–quad-core combined with discrete-level graphics–will now be accomplished in about half the power that it used to take in a traditional system,” said Raymond Dumbeck, a marketing executive handling AMD’s mobile computing, in an interview… Read More [via cnet]