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    Quote Originally Posted by bridgman View Post
    That's what gets interesting about Fusion parts -- nearly all of the pins on a GPU are either power/ground or for communicating with CPU and memory. Since the CPU and memory connections are now on chip, other than extra power/ground for the GPU and pins for the video outputs you don't really need a lot more pins when you add a GPU.
    That's really interesting. Also in the sense of manufacturing cost. Pins should be quite expensive to wire in a CPU, which is why 64bit AMD CPU's only support 2^42bit memory and not 2^64bit -- for the time being

    I bet Fusion chips will become quite cheap.

    I predict that at some point X GB of RAM is "enough for anyone", and RAM will be on die too for Fusion products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louise View Post
    I predict that at some point X GB of RAM is "enough for anyone", and RAM will be on die too for Fusion products.
    I'm not sure that makes sense, just in terms of die size vs. yield. It would basically turn a small chip into a huge chip. A multi-chip package might work (cf. TI'S OMAP3 family and the Xbox 360 GPU), but I don't know how much RAM can be feasibly crammed into one package. This could have some interesting implications for netbooks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ex-Cyber View Post
    I'm not sure that makes sense, just in terms of die size vs. yield. It would basically turn a small chip into a huge chip. A multi-chip package might work (cf. TI'S OMAP3 family and the Xbox 360 GPU), but I don't know how much RAM can be feasibly crammed into one package. This could have some interesting implications for netbooks...
    Okay, that's a pretty good point.

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    RAM could become integrated just like sound cards, and ethernet/usb/firewire/etc ports

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    Just found this about Fusion:
    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/dis..._Products.html

    The first accelerated processing units (APUs) - the term AMD uses to describe its CPU-GPU chips - will be code-named Llano and Ontario. The former - Lllano - will feature four cores, 4MB of cache, graphics processing engine and DDR3 memory controller; the latter - Ontario - will sport two cores, 1MB of cache and DDR3 memory controller. The Llano will be targeted at mainstream desktop market segment, whereas the latter will be aimed at ultra-portable notebooks.
    How on earth can 4MB cache be split or shared between 4 CPU cores and 1 GPU ?

    Or is "graphics processing engine" != GPU ?

    Fusion is more interesting than I first thought

    Last edited by Louise; 03-23-2009 at 09:13 AM.

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    Apparently GPU's don't have L3 cache...


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