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Tuesday, 31 August 2010 17:38

Fusion wanted for next generation consoles

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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CPU and GPU on a chip
The next generation Playstation and Xbox designs are looking for monolithic cores. Designers are after a CPU that packs the graphics core on the same chip.

Fusion in this article is just a group name for CPU and GPU designs. At bout the time that next generation consoles are slated to appear, two companies might have what is necessary. It is not hard to guess AMD with is Fusion is one and Intel with its Sandy Bridge or the next generation Haswell design is the second contender.

Intel is definitely not the first choice for the console people due to Intel’s weak history in graphics. We don’t even want to mention Larrabee as Intel got laughed at enough about that one.

The third potential company is Nvidia and if the green team makes it to the running, it would offer a Tegra based chip, or rather some teenage mutant with ARM Tegra based CPU and some better graphics could deliver enough perofrmance for 2012 consoles.

We heard that AMD with its killed off ATI brand has a big chance of scoring the next generation designs and we’ve also heard that ATI already got into next gen Xbox. Did we mention that it was plain silly to kill the ATI brand? I can see that many readers agree, but AMD’s marketing will probably simply rename everything to Fusion as this is their fetish brand.

There is a big chance that Nvidia won’t be a part of next generation console designs.
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+4 #1 blandead 2010-08-31 17:56
i feel like this sort of thing will be happening more often, especially with notebook manufacturers.
 
 
+33 #2 yourma2000 2010-08-31 18:00
makes sense, smaller consoles are better consoles, next should be games on USB 3.0 drives.

Quote:
Did we mention that it was silly to kill the ATI brand, I can see that many readers do agree, but AMD’s marketing will probably simply rename everything to Fusion as this is their fetish brand.




DAAA-DUM-DSSSH!!! Was waiting for this, us readers don't agree with what you said, we were making it known that the ATI name would be missed, not that it would be a silly mistake to rid the name and replace it with AMD, and I wouldn't call it a fetish if the Fusion project is working flawlessly unlike other companies attempts when they brag about it for so long but it turns out to be a huge pile of cow fail (Larabee)
 
 
+25 #3 Bl0bb3r 2010-08-31 18:16
Ah fufy, you can't just admit that AMD has a solid offer in the consoles arena and need to involve nvidia in this story, or make up some wild ideas how it could compete.
 
 
+25 #4 redisnidma 2010-08-31 20:04
It would be a foolish attempt from console makers to go the intel route for next-gen consoles. We all know Intel lacks the GPU power for high-end gaming.

It's not about having the best CPU in town (gaming wise), it's about having a good CPU + excellent GPU and in the end, that's what matters.
 
 
+31 #5 The_Wolf88 2010-08-31 20:29
Quote:
It is not hard to guess AMD with is Fusion is one and Intel with its Sandy Bridge or the next generation Haswell design is the second contender.


You're kidding right ?!

Who's the idiot to use Intel CPU+GPU in his console ?!!!
 
 
-26 #6 Jurassic1024 2010-08-31 22:35
Fudzilla wtf happened to you! You were soooo much better without the comments!!!

Now stupidity has a greater chance of spreading!!!
 
 
+21 #7 Super XP 2010-08-31 22:51
Intel + GPU = Slow. AMD's Fusion all thanks to "ATI" Graphics has the only chance IMO to power a next gen console. NVIDIA is not currenty setup for this right now and looking at there current track record, I wouldn't trust them for 2012.
 
 
-12 #8 IYagami 2010-08-31 23:51
I think fusion would be a candidate for the successor of the Nintendo Wii. A Fusion processor could be enough fast to run Wii games in emulation mode (currently there is Dolphin, a program to emulate the PowerPC code for Wii games).

According to http://forums.dolphin-emu.com/thread-3090-page-1.html , the required processor is a AMD Phenom II X2 550 Black Edition and a Radeon 4850 as a starting graphics card. I think it will also have the advantage of upscaling current games.

However, I don't think AMD Fusion processors will be used in Sony Playstation 4 and Xbox 720...
 
 
+25 #9 yourma2000 2010-09-01 00:24
Quoting Jurassic1024:
Fudzilla wtf happened to you! You were soooo much better without the comments!!!

Now stupidity has a greater chance of spreading!!!





The irony of this comment!
 
 
+18 #10 anno 2010-09-01 00:27
Okay, here's a thought: Did Microsoft not just have a "fusion" chip produced for their Xbox? That is an IBM CPU and an AMD GPU on one die. Would it then not be feasible to have, for instance, an IBM/nVidia chip too, Sony's combo?

As said, it's just a thought. AMD has spent a lot of effort on how to link the CPU to the GPU to, so it may be fair to say AMD has the best offerings anyway.

These are usually heavily customised chips, so AMD could therefore be asked to make a "Fusionzilla" monster chip. As pointed out above, we've passed console's graphics levels for several years, and may be able to fit it all on one die by now. But, if want to be forward-looking with their consoles, what about Fusion + discrete GPU? That would allow for more GPU acceleration.
 

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