AMD’s first performance APU, Llano, is still on schedule for Q3 2011. Production is expected to ramp up at Globalfoundries in June 2011, with Llano finally appearing on shelves in early Q3 2011. Fudzilla reports that Llano will ship in six flavours – three 65W TDP dual-cores, with “Winterpark” graphics part. Two quad cores will ship with “Beavercreek” graphics, and one triple-core, presumably a harvested quad-core. These three parts will have a TDP of 100W, over the traditional 95W.

AMD’s first performance APU, Llano, is still on schedule for Q3 2011.
Production is expected to ramp up at Globalfoundries in June 2011, with
Llano finally appearing on shelves in early Q3 2011. Fudzilla reports
that Llano will ship in six flavours – three 65W TDP dual-cores, with
“Winterpark” graphics part. Two quad cores will ship with “Beavercreek”
graphics, and one triple-core, presumably a harvested quad-core. These
three parts will have a TDP of 100W, over the traditional 95W.

While Llano will feature a process shrink to 32nm, and several tweaks, the CPU part will continue to be derived from the aging K10(.5) architecture. At one point, Llano was set to release in Q1 2011, with Bulldozer expected in late 2011. However, due to Llano’s delay and Bulldozer’s move forward, AMD’s real next-gen architecture is actually expected to hit shelves before Llano, tentatively in Q2 2011. Bulldozer, however, will not be a Fusion part, and will be a CPU-only product.

The battle to watch would be Intel’s Sandy Bridge versus AMD’s Llano. On paper, Intel has a clear CPU superiority, whereas AMD has a substantial lead in the GPU department. The deciding factor might come down to the acceptance of GPU compute in everyday applications – which will greatly benefit Llano.

Source: Fudzilla

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