Today, at the ongoing CES 2011 AMD has announced their first ever family of Accelerated Processing Units (APU). The AMD Fusion based APUs will take on Intel’s Atom processors which are targeted towards netbook. According to AMD, their Fusion based APU’s provide a multi-core processor, a powerful Dx11 based GPU along with high definition (1080p) video playback and an all-day’ battery life.
As of now, AMD is offering two series of Fusion APUs E and C. The former is targeted primarily towards mainstream laptops, All-in-ones (AIO) and other small form factor based computers like HTPC. The latter is designed for HD netbooks and other emerging factors.
The E series APUs have a power consumption of 18W with clock speeds in the range of 1.5GHz to 1.6GHz. The C series APUs have a TDP of 9W with clock speeds of 1GHz and 1.2GHz. Both the series offer a dual-core as well as a single-core processor. AMD will also release A series of APUs in the first half of 2011 which will be targeted towards mainstream laptops. The A series APUs will pack up to 4 cores and a powerful Dx11 based discrete GPU.
AMD had to push back the release date of Fusion APUs numerous times before they finally unveiled it. Hopefully, the delays will be worth it and these Fusion APUs from AMD will provide stellar performance.