CHIP DESIGNER AMD has announced it is shipping Llano A-series chips to OEMs.
AMD has been working to get Llano chips out the door for some time and questions over whether its fab partners could ramp up production of 32nm parts had cast a shadow. Now it seems that AMD has finally managed to get Llano processors into the hands of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
During yesterday's analysts call, interim CEO Thomas Seifert said that Llano based systems would appear this quarter but did not go into further details. The announcement that Llano is shipping should help dispel any lingering doubts that AMD can produce the latest in its line of Fusion designs, however we are still unable to say when exactly systems with these chips will tip up.
AMD's A-series quad-core accelerated processor units (APUs), codenamed Llano, are fabricated at 32nm and have what AMD terms "discrete level graphics". The chips are the company's high-end Fusion product and should help it deliver on the promise of Fusion that punters have been waiting years to see.
Shipping Llano chips to OEMs is certainly an important milestone for AMD but what it really needs are OEMs to have a quick turnaround and deliver systems with its new chips. Phil Hughes, senior PR manager at AMD wasn't willing to say when that will be, only adding that more information on systems based on Llano chips will be available "when we launch the Llano APU later this quarter".
Let's hope that AMD will have corralled the big name OEMs by then, otherwise punters will start to wonder where exactly AMD has been shipping all these Llano chips. µ