Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 17:11 UTC, submitted by maxton
AMD Phil Hester, AMD's chief technology officer, stopped by the Hot Chips conference here at Stanford University on Tuesday to talk a little more about Fusion, AMD's plan to integrate a graphics processor and PC processor onto the same chip. By the time the chip is ready around 2009, Hester thinks the growing explosion of video and 3D graphics on PCs these days will require an affordable chip that still delivers great graphics performance.
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Not like the 486
by SReilly on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 21:28 UTC
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...and Intel's decision to integrate a floating-point unit into it. The idea to integrate a math co-processor into a standard code grinder is nothing like integrating a graphics chip and a modern multipurpose processor.

He stepped back in chip history to liken the Fusion project to Intel's decision to integrate a floating-point processor into the 486 chip.

Otherwise, it's an interesting idea, especially when dealing with general, non gaming systems and non high end graphical systems.

Having built a few of these non gaming systems for people wanting only to surf, email and use office productivity suits, motherboards with integrated graphics chips are, without a doubt, the largest savings in cost. Having the same option, but on a processor level, should really drive down that cost.

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