AMD's India-made chip to make netbooks, tablets thrice as powerful

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Devices powered by this chip will also use less power.

The AMD Ontario – CPU and GPU in one fusion chip – smaller than a Re 1 coin.
The AMD Ontario – CPU and GPU in one fusion chip – smaller than a Re 1 coin.

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Hyderabad, Dec. 10

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has unveiled the Made-in-India Ontario chip, the first in the Fusion family chips that is going to make small computing devices such as netbooks and tablets three times powerful than when they work on the chips made by its competitors.

Another variant of Ontario, Zacate, will power desktops and laptops, with higher horsepower to run applications. This also allows users to search for people in videos using their photos as filters.

Developed by a 86-member team in Hyderabad in two years, the new generation chip marries the power of central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU), promising to change the way gamers play games and people who watch videos on computing devices. First shipments of netbooks embedded with the thumb-sized Ontario have been sent to markets by companies such as Acer, while others are on the way to change designs to suit the new chip.

Eagerly awaited by gizmo lovers and industry watchers across the globe, the chip is likely to make its presence felt in the total available market of 10 crore units a year to power a variety of digital devices.

The market size was pegged at $30-40 billion, said Mr Ajay Naini, Project Director.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated December 11, 2010)
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