For a while now, AMD has been promoting a future where a processor and powerful graphics card are on the same chip. That future, which was supposed to be now (2009), has been pushed back until 2011, with AMD's first mobile quad-core processors expected out next year. Looks like in the technology race, Intel is still in first place.
|According to AMD’s latest notebook platform roadmap, AMD will launch Danube platform based on RS880M+SB8xxM chipset with up to 4 CPU cores and DDR3-1066MHz memory controller.
Sabine platform with Llano APU (Accelerated Processing Unit) and DDR3-1600MHz is slated to be out by 2011. Llano is AMD’s 32nm CPU+GPU mobile chip. The AMD SB9xxM chipset enables Sabine platform to support USB 3.0, 16 USB ports, 6 SATA and etc.
Noteworthily, Sabine platform will support DirectX 11 and UVD 3 Technology. We guess DirectX 11 will be quite mature and widely applicated for desktop platforms by 2011, and then AMD will introduce it to mobile platforms.