AMD has updated its lower power consumption Fusion C-Series and E-Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), or with other words chips that have both the CPU and GPU on the same silicon. The new chips should be offering enhanced HD graphics capabilities and performance boost with enhanced memory thanks to the support of DDR3 1333MHz memory according to AMD. They should also bring DisplayPort support as well as improved battery life when used in mobile devices, providing up to 12 hours of usage on a single battery charge for the C-Series APU and up to 10.5 hours for the E-Series.
But the most interesting new features in the updated AMD Fusion C-Series and E-Series APUs is the addition of HDMI 1.4a interface that also means these will be able to also support stereoscopic 3D output to compatible display devices. Of course considering that these chips do not have that much graphical performance you can forget about being able to play games in stereo 3D mode, however watching 3D videos and 3D movies as well as going over 3D photos should not be a problem for them. And thanks to their low power consumption they can turn out to be a great choice for a small and silent, but powerful enough stereo 3D-capable multimedia system, no matter if it is in the form of a netbook, notebook or a small form factor PC.
You can say that AMD is quickly catching up to Intel with their Fusion platform, by offering better graphical features and performance as compared to what the latest generation of Intel integrated GPUs can offer. And although Intel’s mobile platforms may still be ahead in terms of CPU performance and features, AMD is getting ahead with a better GPU support, so this way they are compensating the difference and nowadays the GPU becomes more and more important. Just as a reminder, the latest generation of Intel integrated graphics in the Sandy Bridge platform also does have support for HDMI 1.4 output, but also offering performance capable for only 3D photo and 3D video. But even the least powerful Sandy Bridge-based mobile processors are not as power efficient as what some of AMD’s Fusion APUs can offer you and that is very important thing when you are in a need of not so powerful, but more energy efficient solution.
And all this talk about AMD’s APUs reminds me to ask if any one of you is actually using a Fusion-based device of any kind at the moment or at least has considered in getting such for whatever purpose?