AMD is set to demonstrate its first Fusion APU, Zacate, at San Francisco from 13th September through 15th September. Zacate, in essence, is believed to be a faster version of Ontario, with TDP of 18W. Including a Radeon DX11 GPU, AMD claims Zacate will “dramatically improve user’s PC experience”. Zacate is targeted at nettops and low power notebooks, while Ontario is designed for netbooks and ultraportables.

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AMD is set to demonstrate its first Fusion APU, Zacate, at San Francisco
from 13th September through 15th September. Zacate, in essence, is
believed to be a faster version of Ontario, with TDP of 18W. Including a
Radeon DX11 GPU, AMD claims Zacate will “dramatically improve user’s PC
experience”. Zacate is targeted at nettops and low power notebooks,
while Ontario is designed for netbooks and ultraportables.

The demonstrations will include:

  • Full HD streaming online video, showcasing the versatility of the “Zacate” APU-based platform to handle the most demanding multimedia tasks
  • Immersive online gaming with high image-quality settings, demonstrating the DirectX® 11-compliant “Zacate” APU-based platform
  • Preview of accelerated Internet browsing, showing how
    “Zacate” APU-based platforms support the future of GPU-enabled web
    browsing today and how these platforms perform side-by-side against
    currently available AMD- and Intel processor-based notebooks

We have seen a Fusion APU play Aliens vs Predator at Computex 2010. It will be interesting to witness the gaming pedigree of the Zacate APU. Considering this is a competitor to Atom, which can barely even play HD video, a monumental increase in graphics performance is expected. The real question though, is, will it make gaming possible, realistically?

In what is surely no coincidence, AMD has scheduled the demonstration at exactly the same time (13th-15th Sept) and place (San Francisco) as Intel’s IDF.

Reference: AMD Blogs