Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 09:20 UTC, submitted by netpython
AMD AMD, the No. 2 supplier of computer processors, is close to a deal to buy graphics chip maker ATI for USD 5.5 billion, a source familiar with the situation said on Friday. Any such deal would shake up the processor industry, which is witnessing a battle over market share between AMD and rival Intel.
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A well thought out plan?
by Tron on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 15:55 UTC
Tron
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2005-07-07

Hypothetical situation:

With the advent of multi-core chips, the R&D labs at AMD have been experimenting with the next logical step: 1 CPU core and 1 graphics core. Their acquisition of ATI is a direct result of this groundbreaking new design. AMD doesn't have their own graphics core however, so they must buy someone who does.

I can envision a brand new arhitecture being created by ATI/AMD with only one Processing Unit for both graphics and general purpose computing. Interesting if true...

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RE: A well thought out plan?
by Beryllium on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 16:49 in reply to "A well thought out plan?"
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2005-07-08

... I think the next logical step is two CPU cores and 1 graphics core, IMO. ;) I don't think you'd be able to fit enough video RAM on a single chip, though ... heheh ...

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RE[2]: A well thought out plan?
by Tron on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 17:27 in reply to "RE: A well thought out plan?"
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2005-07-07

True, 2 CPUs and 1 GPU would probably be the next step. Maybe even have one CPU, one GPU, and one hybrid.

The GPU of video cards (at least the ones I've seen) don't have RAM on-die either so I don't see that as being a hindrance.

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RE[3]: A well thought out plan?
by Best on Sun 23rd Jul 2006 20:13 in reply to "RE: A well thought out plan?"
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2005-07-09

Ram definately wouldn't be a problem for a CPU/GPU hybrid chip from AMD since their CPUs already have an onboard memory controller. I can see there being either shared memory, or motherboards with 3 ram sockets on them. Two system (dual channel) and one for the GPU.

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RE: A well thought out plan?
by smex on Mon 24th Jul 2006 05:38 in reply to "A well thought out plan?"
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2006-06-30

look at the future HT 3.0 spec sometime and you will see how AMD's coherent hypertransport will support domain-specific processors, such as GPUs.

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