AMD to ship Fusion chips, systems in early 2011

AMD on Tuesday said it will begin shipping its Fusion chips, which include integrate computing and graphics on a single die, with system availability in early 2011.

AMD on Tuesday said it will begin shipping its Fusion chips, which include integrate computing and graphics on a single die, with system availability in early 2011.

The company gave the Fusion outlook during its analyst day. AMD's Fusion chips, the fruits of the acquisition of ATI in 2006.

AMD is hoping that Fusion chips---technically Accelerated Processing Units (APUs)---give it a chance against much larger rival Intel. Fusion chips are designed to handle heavy PC requirements while offering long battery life.

Meanwhile, AMD demonstrated its new x86 architecture dubbed Bulldozer. In a blog post, AMD said every new server by the end of 2012 will run on Bulldozer. A chip code named Terramar will be released in 2012 and offer as many as 20 cores.

Here are the key roadmap slides from AMD's analyst day: