Published on Wednesday, August 4 2010 2:31 am by Sub
Digitimes reports that Acer, ASUS and Hewlett-Packard all plan to release netbooks and ultra-portable notebooks in Q1 2011, based on AMD’s Ontario APU. Ontario will be the first Fusion product to release – a high efficiency small die dual-core CPU, a DDR3 controller, a PCI-e controller, and a DX11 GPU, all on the same die. Long expected to release in late Q4 2010, Ontario Fusion will finally appear inside netbooks/notebooks early in 2011.
Ontario, unlike Llano, will be fabricated at TSMC’s 40nm Bulk process – the same over-capacity process shared by latest AMD and NVIDIA GPUs.
Ontario had been rumoured to be a 18W-25W product, but this has been doubted by sources close to AMD. Instead, Ontario is could be a sub-10W APU, as previously projected. However, there could be higher performance versions with higher TDPs.
In addition to netbooks, Ontario can scale down to other ultra-portable devices such as tablets.
Despite doubts over Ontario’s demand by market analysts, Ontario’s SoC nature, low power consumption, and performance reportedly nearly double of Intel’s Atom, Ontario could prove to be a surprise success. Furthermore, the market for ultra-portable devices seems to be growing, alongwith a general increase forecasted for notebooks.
AMD’s Llano is expected to power full-size notebooks, while Ontario is restricted to netbooks and ultra-thin notebooks.
AMD is finally making a major change in notebook computing market, which a huge lineup of fusion APUs that are going to change the way you use your laptops forever. In case you may be asking what APUs are, they are actually “Accelerated Processing Units” which integrates your GPU within the CPU core, somehow merging both the cores together on one die. You’ll get uncomparable Direct X 11 support from that small little die, not forgetting the low power consumption that will boost your battery life per charge as well as ultra portability. Let’s see how AMD will stand after these products are officially released.