[Rumour] AMD Fusion in late-2010

AMD’s first Fusion APU, Llano, had been previously scheduled to release in early 2011, with CPUs being shipped to OEM manufacturers by the end of 2010. Fudzilla now suggests that AMD will be able to release Llano as early as late 2010, or less than half a year from now. If this does happen, Fusion will end up releasing before Intel’s Sandy Bridge.

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AMD’s first Fusion APU, Llano, had been previously scheduled to release
in early 2011, with CPUs being shipped to OEM manufacturers by the end
of 2010. Fudzilla now suggests that AMD will be able to release Llano as
early as late 2010, or less than half a year from now. If this does
happen, Fusion will end up releasing before Intel’s Sandy Bridge.

Llano, the first Fusion APU, is basically up to four Phenom II based CPU cores fused with upto 400 SP of the DX11 Evergreen GPU on a single APU die. Unlike either the Phenom II or Evergreen, Fusion will be manufactured at Globalfoundries’ 32nm SOI process. We can thus expect minor revisions for both components of Llano.

Around the same time, Intel will introduce its competitor – Sandy Bridge. Like Fusion, the first Sandy Bridge products will feature up to 4 cores with a GPU – designed for the mainstream crowd. However, on paper, Sandy Bridge will be a far superior CPU architecture to Llano’s aging Phenom II cores. However, Llano’s GPU part will be similar the capable HD 5670, or massively more powerful than Intel’s IGP cores. For non gaming customers, AMD will aggressively have to push GPU compute and OpenCL into everyday applications, as this could make Llano surpass Sandy Bridge.

AMD’s second Fusion architecture, Bobcat, will first be released as Ontario – targeting the netbook/ultraportable markets. AMD’s next generation CPU architecture – Bulldozer – is still expected to release in “2011″, sometime after Intel’s performance Sandy Bridge products in Q2/Q3 2011.

Reference: Fudzilla

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