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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3D Desktop
by fffffh on Wed 22nd Aug 2007 22:37 UTC
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2006-01-04

CPU+GPU integration in same processor should work hand in hand with Compiz Fusion + GNOME/KDE, accelerating 3D Desktop adoption.

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RE: 3D Desktop
by ThawkTH on Thu 23rd Aug 2007 14:53 in reply to "3D Desktop"
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2005-07-06

Especially if AMD/ATI decide to get off their butts and give us decent drivers in a timely and efficient manner before or shortly after the products are released.

Or, better yet, release the specs since

A.)they don't seem to be trying to shoot for fastest GPU with this product

B.) This is DIFFERENT, so maybe it'll lack a lot of the patent-laiden old code that they cite as a reason for holding on to the specs so very tightly....


We can hope? When I started on my ancient compaq with win95, I NEVER saw computers coming what they are now!

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RE: 3D Desktop
by B. Janssen on Thu 23rd Aug 2007 23:23 in reply to "3D Desktop"
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2006-10-11

CPU+GPU integration in same processor should work hand in hand with Compiz Fusion + GNOME/KDE, accelerating 3D Desktop adoption.


Unless, of course, they require proprietary drivers.

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RE[2]: 3D Desktop
by fffffh on Fri 24th Aug 2007 08:36 in reply to "RE: 3D Desktop"
fffffh Member since:
2006-01-04

Intel never has required a special proprietary driver for 80x87 coprocessor or SSE extensions. All Instructions Set for x87 are publicly available.

AMD, normally, shouldn't do the same for his own processors ?

A GPU can be used for other type of computation like a vector coprocessor, not only for execution of OpenGL translation calls, but for scientific or engineering applications.

Look at
http://www.cs.sunysb.edu/~vislab/papers/GPUcluster_SC2004.pdf
http://www.eetasia.com/ART_8800367818_480100_e03ee92e.HTM
or
http://people.scs.fsu.edu/~blanco/gpusc/gpusc_project.htm

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