March 2, 2010 – This day marks the dawn of the coming generation of hardware platforms. Both AMD and NVIDIA unveiled their new platforms today, meaning some exciting GPU integration for future products.
First off is AMD’s 890GX chipset. This platform is for general motherboard usage across a variety of products. However, it is poised towards the HTPC market, providing high-quality HD viewing with a not so expensive price. The 890GX delivers this using the HD 4920 GPU for integrated graphic, which is DirectX 10.1 compliant and rendering 1080p video through MPEG2, VC-1, and H.264. Also look for USB 3.0 on certain motherboards.
On NVIDIA’s side comes the long awaited Next-Generation ION with Optimus technology, formerly known as the ION 2. The next-gen ION is boasting major gains over the original ION, and NVIDIA claims it will be 10x as powerful as the integrated GPUs supplied by Intel. It will be able to provide 1080p and 3D gaming to your tiny 10.1” screen.
The ION architecture will vary between 10.1” netbooks and larger 12-inch models, with each respectively getting 8 and 16 CUDA cores. There are already 30 products lined up for release with the next-gen ION, with the first being the Acer Aspire One 532G. Look forward to summer where these products should enter the market.
After a long wait, it seems that the marriage of AMD and ATI has finally conceived a child worthy of their merger. The Llano platform is AMD’s answer to Intel’s integrated graphics, and it has successfully turned heads. AMD doesn’t call the Llano a CPU or GPU, but rather some peculiar marketing term dubbed the “Applications Processing Unit” or APU. It may not be the catchiest phrase, but we all know what it really is and it actually could give the Intel IGP a legitimate challenge.
On the CPU side, the Llano will have a quad core on a 32 nm die. Each core will have 1 MB of L2 cache, and AMD is most likely targeting under 3 GHz for clock speed. Tag that along with with a fully DirectX 11 capable GPU (details not yet revealed) cast on the same die as the CPU with parallel vector hardware, and you get a potential Intel laptop killer.
Sampling will occur in the second half of the year and OEMs will get access in 2011.
Via Ars Technica