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Apple to axe Intel? AMD’s Fusion APUs to feature in Apple’s products?

Sources close to AMD sparks rumors

If the grapevine is to be believed, the latest news doing the rounds is that a source close to AMD has confirmed the fact that tech giant Apple is all set to ship AMD’s Fusion processors called APUs as a part of their future offing’s coming up. An APU or Accelerated Processing Unit derives its name from the capacity to combine a CPU and GPU on a single chip.

This news that is already creating ripples all over, if true could spell disaster for Intel which has been the sole company providing processors for Apple’s vast range of products since a long time. Apple has chosen to maintain an ambiguous stand on the issue and has not yet come forward and responded to these rumors, as consistent with its usual policy of not encouraging leaks and speculation. We will know for sure about the degree of truth to all those rumors only when the Macworld conference happens somewhere around January next year.

AMD at present is credited with supplying Radeon graphics cards for the latest iMacs, however it has never taken a shot or rather never had the opportunity of supplying processors for Apple. The initial Fusion chips will be released for laptops and are expected to be coming soon in January next year. These could very well end up serving for a new MacBook or MacBook Pro, but that is only under the condition of them living up to the premium quality of graphics performance and battery life of up to an enviable 9 hours that AMD is promising to deliver.

Well nothing can be said in full certainty as of now, all we can do is wait and watch until top honchos from either of the Companies come out and publically confirm the news.


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Pallab Jyotee Hazarika, 2010-12- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)