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CES 2011: AMD unveils breakthrough netbook and tablet chip

AMD has unveiled the Fusion family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) to power next generation HD netbooks at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

AMD has unveiled the Fusion family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) to power next generation HD netbooks at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

The chip combines on a single die design:

  • a multi-core CPU (x86),
  • a DirectX 11-capable discrete-level graphics and parallel processing engine,
  • a dedicated high-definition video acceleration block, and
  • a high-speed bus.

AMD said tablets and embedded designs based on AMD Fusion APUs would be available from Q1 2011. The new range of product features include stutter-free HD video playback and all-day battery life.

Rick Bergman, senior vice president and general manager, AMD Products Group, said, "In one major step, we enable users to experience HD everywhere as well as personal supercomputing capabilities in notebooks that can deliver all-day battery life. It's a new category, a new approach, and opens up exciting new experiences for consumers."

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