IT'S MORE POWER to AMD's Fusion range as the company has announced today at IFA 2010 the Zacate 18W Accelerated Processor Unit (APU).
Zacate is rated at twice the power draw of AMD's previously announced APU Ontario, which consumes 9W.
The higher power consumption is due to the higher frequency Zacate will run at, but AMD declined to reveal that. What AMD did tell The INQUIRER in a one-on-one briefing at IFA 2010 is that Zacate will be in Vision branded nettop and low-power desktop systems in the latter half of 2011, with chips shipping to manufacturers in the first half of the year. Zacate will also tip up eventually in 11-inch notebooks and above.
Like Ontario, Zacate is a 40nm product. It has two Bobcat cores but will come on the Brazos chipset platform. The third Fusion chip, codenamed Llano, is expected in the first half of 2011, has four Bulldozer cores and is targeted at high end notebooks. AMD also confirmed that Orochi is a Vision product that will be aimed at the server market. It will have a Bulldozer core.
As Ontario has now been announced as a 9W processor this power consumption means its use will be limted to notebooks smaller than 11-inches. AMD also says Ontario will be available for "unique small for factors," which the company is somewhat coy about but could mean tablets. µ
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