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Tuesday, 01 February 2011 12:07

AMD showcases 5W Fusion

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Ontario variant for tablets
AMD has showcased a tweaked Ontario APU with a power consumption rating of just 5W.

The limited edition processor appears to be based on the 1GHz C-50 core and it lacks a few features compared to the original 9W part.

Still, this is a very impressive figure. Some Intel Atom SKUs delivered similar consumption levels and even the SU 3500 CULV part was rated at 5.5W. However, the Ontario is a dual-core with integrated graphics, so it is clearly in a league of its own.

The new processor is aimed at the emerging tablet market. Most current tablets are based on even more efficient ARM cores, but some vendors still carry somewhat chunkier Atom tablets, or even bigger convertible tablets based on a wide range of processors, mostly x86-based.

Acer is the first vendor to embrace AMD's new part for its convertible Acer 5745G and you can check it out here. We're really not sure whether x86 processors have a bright future in this market segment, but until Microsoft starts shipping Windows 8, x86 parts will be the only choice for users who need a proper desktop OS on their tablet.
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-40 #1 Dribble 2011-02-01 12:58
Where does this fit?

It's too slow to run windows?

It's not set up for ARM - uses x86 not ARM instruction set so incompatible with everything, gpu is designed for DX not the simpler OGL lite ARM graphics, still takes 10 times power of a dual core ARM chip?
 
 
+32 #2 nele 2011-02-01 13:02
Quoting Dribble:
Where does this fit?

It's too slow to run windows?

It's not set up for ARM - uses x86 not ARM instruction set so incompatible with everything, gpu is designed for DX not the simpler OGL lite ARM graphics, still takes 10 times power of a dual core ARM chip?


I don't think it's too slow to run Windows - a few vendors have already launched C-50 notebooks.

Basically it's for hybrid/convertible tablets, but that's really a niche market. It's probably just a transitional design.
 
 
+23 #3 Wolfesteinabhi 2011-02-01 13:26
Quoting Dribble:
Where does this fit?

It's too slow to run windows?

It's not set up for ARM - uses x86 not ARM instruction set so incompatible with everything, gpu is designed for DX not the simpler OGL lite ARM graphics, still takes 10 times power of a dual core ARM chip?

and adding more to what nele said... its.."limited edition processor " so its not going to fly in each and every tablet design..but there would still be a few that would benefit from it.
 
 
+20 #4 yourma2000 2011-02-01 14:51
The only difference between this 5w C-50 and the 9w C-50 is that the 5w doesn't support the higher speed DDR3 modules but only the slower speed DDR3 chips, also there is only support for one of each port, so one USB, one HDMI, one Ethernet etc, this can run Windows 7 fine but because it only has support for one USB it's not practical for laptops or desktops which need several USBs for mice, kayboards, USB drives etc, so they're used in tablets instead, which is good for AMD because now they have lowered the C-50 for the tablet market, which pretty much means they have a hold on nearly all of the portable computing market with these fusion chips
 
 
-12 #5 The_Countess 2011-02-01 16:01
@yourma2000
you got any evidence for this?
the CPU doesn't even have any USB ports on it, so their power usage isn't included in this figure.
the same goes for Ethernet.
both of those are on the chipset.

with the memory you MIGHT have a point.
 
 
+12 #6 yourma2000 2011-02-01 16:13
Quoting The_Countess:
@yourma2000
you got any evidence for this?
the CPU doesn't even have any USB ports on it, so their power usage isn't included in this figure.
the same goes for Ethernet.
both of those are on the chipset.

with the memory you MIGHT have a point.


http://www.trustedreviews.com/cpu-memory/news/2011/01/31/ARM-And-AMD-Announce-New-Processors/p1

They're the ones providing the info I have mentioned
 
 
-5 #7 pWRsli3De 2011-02-01 16:34
It is not good for games... the biggest draw back in it's design, AMD tablets should get rear radiator slot, Turbo Core technology, Lasso graphics, and two control pads on the side for proper handling while playng Grid. Internet capability seems licke a good addition to. VISION of mine...
 
 
-5 #8 The_Countess 2011-02-01 18:14
Quoting yourma2000:
http://www.trustedreviews.com/cpu-memory/news/2011/01/31/ARM-And-AMD-Announce-New-Processors/p1

They're the ones providing the info I have mentioned


that's stills strange, as usb ports always come in 2's. 1 controller(the part that uses power) can control at least 2 ports.
 
 
+6 #9 Super XP 2011-02-01 20:03
This is a very low power product that AMD’s offering just until there Hounds of Hell get released. Those are going to be something to salivate about. Nevertheless good job AMD…
 
 
+5 #10 neo222 2011-02-01 20:16
Hoping soon to see AMD chips with Radeons on Mobile 8)


Run snapdragon run!!!! :P
 

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