NOTEBOOK MOTHERBOARDS for AMD's Zacate chip will be available from January along with the processor, as AMD finally rolls out its Fusion branded Accelerated Processing Units.
Just in time for the Consumer Electronics Show, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI and Sapphire will all have motherboards with the Brazos chipset that hosts the 18 Watt Zacate chip, or E series as AMD is also calling it.
AMD has the usual series of gushing quotes from motherboard manufacturers about the E series but oddly they say nothing about the C series, or Ontario APU as it is known, which also uses Brazos and is scheduled for launch next year.
The INQUIRER likes Gigabyte's gushing quote the best, as it starts with the word leverage and only gets worse. Go on Henry Kao, senior VP of global sales and marketing, tell it like it isn't. "Gigabyte leverages the latest processor platform technologies to address the needs of today's demanding PC users," he said.
Kao goes on, "Whether our customers are looking for a low-power small form factor solution or a system capable of delivering blazingly fast performance, our latest motherboards based on the dual-core AMD E-Series APU are ready and capable of addressing their needs."
While Ontario is mentioned as a Brazos platform chip by AMD in its motherboard announcement, its other Fusion APU chip, Llano, is not mentioned at all. Originally to have launched before Ontario, Llano is now expected sometime later in 2011.
AMD also announced an embedded G-Series platform for embedded systems, codenamed eBrazos, but it had no further information. µ