The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
AMD: Merger With ATI to Include CPU, GPU Merger

AMD: Merger With ATI to Include CPU, GPU Merger

by , 4:15 PM EDT, October 25th, 2006

Now that Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has completed its merger with video card maker ATI, the company said that a project codenamed "Fusion" will, by early 2009, produce chips integrating CPUs and GPUs on a single slice of silicon. IDG News noted that while some companies already place both processors on the same motherboard, combining them on one chip will lead to better power efficiency, something also important in the handheld device realm.

In addition to setting its sights on the 2007 launch of Windows Vista, the combined company plans to reach further into consumer electronics, where it hopes to snag a presence in cell phones, smartphones, and video game consoles.

Apple currently uses only Intel processors in its computers, although some models offer ATI graphics, rather than the more-prevalent NVIDIA graphics chips. The company has not said yet how the AMD/ATI merger will affect its product development cycle. It may simply use only Intel CPUs and NVIDIA GPUs in its computers.

Digg!

Recent Headlines - Updated November 26th

Wed,4:42 PM
Steampunk USB Flash Drives with Motorized Gears - Really!
4:05 PM
Black Friday 2014: The Best Mac Deals
3:10 PM
iOS 8: Control Which Apps Can Access Your Private Data
2:50 PM
The Name Your Own Price Must-Have Mac Bundle
1:36 PM
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-11-26
10:46 AM
5 iPhone Apps to Cut Your Thanksgivings Stress
8:50 AM
iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite: Naming Group Conversations in Messages
Tue,9:01 PM
BuzzFeed Uses Apple Watches to Incentivise Staff
8:14 PM
The SKEYE Nano Drone Quadcopter: $34.99
4:52 PM
Black Friday 2014: The Best iPhone Deals
4:34 PM
Best Buy Black Friday Deals Available This Minute
3:45 PM
OS X Yosemite: How to Reset Your Administrator Password
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!