Dec 10, 2010

AMD unveils first of its kind chip

Leading provider of graphics, processors and media solutions Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) on Friday announced the launch of Ontario, a first of its kind processor that is set to be three times more powerful and economical than the existing products.
Ontario combines the power of central processing unit and graphic processing unit in one chip, the accelerated processing unit (APU) and AMD claims its new product to be the world's first fusion product. Designed and developed from the drawing board to the motherboard in India, Ontario will power notebooks/tablets, small form factor desktops and devices.
Zacate, another version of Ontario, has been designed to energise the ultrathin mainstream and value notebooks, desktops and all-in-one. Ontario will be the lower power notebook variant of the basic core with Zacate being the higher performance version of the APU.
Announcing the launch on Friday, AMD India Managing Director Dasaratha R. Gude and Chief Engineer Michael Goddard said an 86-member team worked for two years for making the ‘epoch-making' chip and the original equipment manufacturers would roll out their products powered by Ontario from January next. Ontario was set to open new frontiers and set new benchmarks for VLSI teams in the industry and AMD was hopeful that it would power a record number of platforms once it was embedded.
The company was already in negotiations with leading laptop maker, Acer, for the new product, considered most powerful in its class. The total estimated market for products like Ontario was expected to be around 100 million units a year.

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