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Next-gen AMD Fusion CPU + GPU Coming in 2015

By - Source: Tom's Hardware UK | B 7 comments

AMD planning big things for its Fusion of the future.

AMD's initial product based on its Fusion initiative, codenamed Llano, is now sampling with vendors. This first iteration will combine the GPU and CPU on the same die, which will drive down power requirements and costs.

While Llano will be based off of Phenom II technology and will be paired with ATI Radeon GPU design, AMD says that its next-generation Fusion will blur the line between CPU and GPU. That next big change is planned for 2015, Leslie Sobon, vice president of marketing at AMD, told IDG.

The next Fusion will have the philosophy of full integration of both GPU and CPU, aiming to take full advantage of new standards like OpenCL.

"The second iteration [in] 2015 ... you're not going to be able to tell the difference. It's all going away," Sobon said.

While some computations will still be best for the traditional CPU architecture, software that would run more efficient on a GPU-like design is where Fusion should thrive.

"The GPU is perfect for antivirus. It's a perfect parallel-processed application. In the Fusion-based time frame that's where it needs to go," Sobon said.

Still, that's five years away. Right now Fusion is sampling to potential customers, and Dell and Apple are in the rumored bunch.

In related news, Digitimes cites sources saying that AMD will be enlisting the help of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to fabricate its Fusion chips on the 40nm process.

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    Fox Montage , 18 May 2010 21:31
    GPU accelerated anti-virus, now this seems like a decent idea.
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    kyzarvs , 18 May 2010 21:33
    Considering GPU's came into being specifically because CPU's were poor at the calculations graphics required, it makes sense to bring the GPU functionality back into the CPU space. Hope they will play Crysis (2)!
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    Dandalf , 18 May 2010 21:36
    Hah yeah, at least it'll look cool.
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    ksampanna , 18 May 2010 22:32
    The tech is still in it's nascent stage. Even when it does come half a decade later, I doubt it will match today's performance standards set by discrete cards
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    silverblue , 19 May 2010 00:04
    Maybe not, however by realising the untapped power afforded by even a simple GPU for tasks traditionally handled by the CPU, this could mean a sizeable performance boost at lower power levels. After all, GPUs are designed to work on multiple workloads at the same time and to scale with more execution cores - there is still relatively little software that can utilise every single CPU core that you throw at them.

    I'd be very interested to see an article detailing what exactly a GPU can do better than a CPU.
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    Alatheia00 , 19 May 2010 00:42
    Why is there no information on bulldozer development? I don't care about Llano it won't have a major impact on enthusiast rigs anyway. Llano offers a number of features but none of those is graphics performance enhancement over AMD discrete options. Although this could spell the end for nvidia as AMD with Llano and Intel with Larrabee ( which is not dead and is infact due for release in 2012) if this is infact the direction things are heading Nvidia are going to be stuck with their thermi rebrands lol.
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    iinweed , 25 May 2010 20:00
    Deja-vu

    x87 co processors being integrated into the x86 units anyone?