Fresh off of a better-than-expected second-quarter earnings report, Advanced Micro Devices said that it’s planning to bring its Fusion processor to market later this year, accelerating the release of a product that hadn’t been expected to appear before the first half of 2011.
With Fusion, AMD is combining two CPU cores and two GPU cores into a product that will function like a quad-core processor. Hardware Central has the details.
After reporting a better-than-expected second quarter, Advanced Micro Devices announced during an conference call with analysts Thursday that it is accelerating the introduction of its first Fusion processor. Instead of rolling out in the first half of 2011 as planned, the first Fusion silicon is now scheduled to ship this year.
AMD calls Fusion an APU, or accelerated processor unit. It combines two CPU cores and two GPU cores onto a single die that acts like a quad-core processor. One CPU core sees no difference between the other CPU core and the GPU cores, so they all interchange data freely without having to go through a bus interface or memory.