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AMD and Fusion’s Ontario Chip is On its Way

Written on August 25, 2010 by Adam Eve

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Netbook owners will soon enjoy a crisp and vivid video as AMD will launch its newest CPU+GPU core later this year. What can you say about a processor that gives the same performance but only occupies half of the usual space? That's Ontario!

Officials from Advanced Micro Devices () announced last Tuesday that the company’s smaller, power-efficient and -based laptops will hit shelves early next year. The AMD- hybrid chips, dubbed as Ontario, is installed inside a that is based on AMD’s new low-power architecture. The is a combination of a central and graphics processing units into a single silicon, and will be shipped starting the fourth quarter of this year. According to Dina McKinney, vice president of design engineering at AMD, the first Ontario chips will include two processor and . This will provide a close to 90 percent performance of the processor used in mainstream PCs, but will only occupy half the space. However, the vice president declined to further elaborate about the power drawn by Ontario chips and the budget of the incorporated core. AMD is hoping that the Ontario chip will make them competitive in the netbook market that is currently dominated by Intel,  as DirectX-11 enables full 1080p video playback on small screen.

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