At the CES conference this year Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) announced the Fusion line of chips this week at CES. The company started working on Fusion the chips in 2006 after they acquired ATI Technologies. These new chips combine a microprocessor and graphics circuitry on the silicon. “As far back as 2005, we saw that the integration of the CPU (central processing unit) and the GPU (graphics processing unit) was inevitable,” stated AMD General Manager of the products group Rick Bergman.
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Microsoft DirectX is a collection of APIs for handling multimedia and video games. The current version available is DirectX 10 and it comes bundled with Windows Vista. There isn’t a way to run DirectX 10 applications on Windows XP and the next version of DirectX will be running on Windows 7. DirectX 11 recently was demonstrated at the Computex conference in Taiwan by Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Below is the full press release (via Engadget):
Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NYSE:AMD) has not had luck in the flash memory industry, but now they are getting into the graphics and microprocessors industry. A subsidiary of AMD called Fusion is being created that focuses on graphics and microprocessors is being formed and is taking some of the semiconductor company’s executives with them and is causing some shuffling.
Head of the microprocessor division Randy Allen will be leaving AMD as a result of the shuffling because he was not given a position at Fusion. Rick Bergman will become the head of the product division at Fusion. And Jeff VerHeul will lead the Processor Solutions Engineering team.
Chekib Akrout will become the head of the Advanced Technology Group at AMD. Nigel Dessau will now be leading the marketing group at AMD.