3 major priorities in 2010
In 2010, AMD intends to move in three areas. The first is it visual
technology leadership. Currently, AMD has the most DX11 cards ranging from low,
mid to high end cards. They intend to speed up this process to make it AMD
also intends to optimise for most usage areas and continue to improve the
battery life for it's notebooks.
For AMD Enthusiast desktop platform, AMD did well with it's "Dragon" platform
with it's Phenom II processors and DX10.1 cards. This year, AMD will have the
"LEO" platform which consists of DX11 graphics and ultimate performance with 6
core desktop processor. Forward into 2011, they have plans for the 32nm
Bulldozer CPU with 4 to 8 cores and next generation graphics.
As for the mainstream desktop, there is the integrated graphics chips for e.g
AMD 785G integrated chipset paired with Phenom II processors. In 2010 the
"Dorado" platform will offer more flexibility and next generation integrated
graphics. Although nothing is mentioned about the chipset or processor, we
expect to see AMD 880G, 890GX as the chipsets of choice paired with SB850 south
bridge that comes with SATA3 and RAID5 support.
In 2011, AMD will push for AMD fusion with it's "LYNX" platform, that is
integrating both CPU and GPU into one. It would be the most natural solution as
data bus from within the processor to graphics and memory will be all within the
circuitry bypassing external buses.
As for the AMD mainstream Notebook platforms, AMD make some inroads with it's
Tigris platform which has up to 27% improvement in platform performance and 5
hrs resting battery life. In 2010, it will be triple and quad core notebook
processors with DX11 discrete graphics. AMD targets a longer 7 hours resting
battery life. In 2011, it is again AMD Fusion with "Sabine", similar to the
desktop equivalents, the notebook will get a CPU-GPU in one that makes it work
faster and more enery efficient.
In the Ultrathin category, AMD intends to have "NILE" that improves system
performance by 11% and 7.5 hrs of resting battery life (1.5 hrs more than the
2009 2nd gen ultrathin" platform.
In 2011, AMD will introduce AMD Fusion for "Sabine" and "Brazos". "Brazos"
would probably be smaller form factors or even MID kinds of hand held devices
that requires less power.