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New chips power third decade of computing

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We have just entered computing’s third decade and demand high definition video, multi-touch capability and a laptop battery that lasts all day.

AMD’s new Fusion APU (accelerated processing unit) can deliver on all of those requirements and more.

Back in the 90s we had dial-up connections and all we did was basic web surfing, emailing and accessing information via CD-ROM.

In the mid 2000s we moved up to high speed internet, we were starting to stream videos and our CD drives had been replaced by DVD drives.

Today the user experience demands high definition video either directly off the web or via the built-in Blu-ray drive along with intense gaming and facial recognition, gesture and voice control.

Toshiba's NB550 netbook

To power these innovations AMD’s Fusion APU manages to squeeze a multi-core CPU (central processing unit), a discrete-level graphics processing engine and a dedicated high definition video acceleration block on a piece of silicone no bigger than a five cent piece.

The AMD Fusion APU will be available in computers by well known brands including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba.

These include Sony’s $749 11.6-inch YB16 Vaio which delivers the type of performance we’re used to seeing in larger more powerful computers.

Another model powered by AMD Fusion APU is the $499 Toshiba NB550D netbook with a 10.1-inch screen, 250GB hard disk drive and Harman Kardon speakers.

The benefits include stutter free playback even on smaller netbooks plus the computational grunt to power through more demanding applications.

Having the AMD Fusion APU on board means the computer will run a lot cooler and thereby conserve energy. Speaking of energy the battery aboard AMD Fusion APU-powered laptops will provide upwards of 10 hours of use.

High Definition

High definition video is common whether we are watching a movie, YouTube or our own content.

The AMD Fusion’s built-in discrete graphics processor will make the computing and internet experience even better.

Web pages will load quicker, HD video will play back smoother than ever and it will be even easier to edit HD content.

Improved computing power

In the past software developers, including PC game developers, have been hampered by the processor’s limitations.

AMD Fusion allows for parallel processing which means it can perform several operations at once making the whole task even faster.

Now several applications can run at once without impacting on the computer’s overall performance.

When playing a game on a PC even a split second can mean the difference between a win or a loss, life or death. AMD Fusion benchmark tests have shown a 30 per cent improvement in processing speeds.

Battery life

In the mid 90s if you could get two hours out of a laptop battery you were doing very well. By the mid 2000s those expectations doubled to around four hours but as we enter this third decade of computing our expectations are much higher.

We are more mobile than ever and expect to be able to connect to the internet at any time. All of this activity impacts on battery performance but a more efficient processor can deliver a longer time between plug-ins.

Today’s user demands a 10-hour all-day battery and with the latest AMD Fusion APU they’re going to get it.