AMD Fusion to end Atom performance stangation

Finally, with the CES 2011 AMD finally set free the new Fusion APUs built from the power-efficient Bobcat micro architecture. The new AMD C-50 and E-350 set off to finally end the performance stagnation that is the Intel Atom.

One certainly does not need exorbitant number crunching performance while on-the-go. However, enough performance for a snappy web browser and video playback is certainly welcome as are more than 1024×600 pixel real estate to view more than a Twitter tweet as well as to drive more than an aging VGA link on your favorite desktop to do real work.

It looks like the VIA dual-core Nano X2 will again arrive late to the party, and the more performant Bobcat will not leave much niche for VIA to play (abysmal open source 3D drivers will do it’s rest).

Cheers from my side -to booth of them- putting some real pressure on Intel, and I am desperately looking forward to sub 10W, slim & light AMD ultra portables:

Acer Aspire One 522
Acer Iconia Tablet
Fujitsu Lifebook PH50/C
Lenovo ThinkPad X120e
Hewlett Packard DM1
MSI Wind U270
Toshiba Satellite C655D

And who knows, maybe we will eventually see AMD’s latest, greatest shipping in one or the other Apple, too …

Update: initial performance impressions!

Update 2: and another one, …

Update 3: wow, just wow, less than an inch thick Compulab PC3, with AMD Fusion Embedded G series APU

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