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11-18-2011, 11:44 AM #1
This Year's MBA Refresh Nearly Incuded AMD's Llano Processor Instead of Intel
Rumors of AMD powered Apple products are nothing new, but SemiAccurate’s claim the current iteration of Apple’s MacBook Air should have shipped with AMD’s Llano processor is more ambitious.
According to the report Apple’s refresh of the MBA during Spring on this year was Apple’s Plan B. Apple’s Plan A housed AMD’s Llano processor, but AMD “dropped the ball.” AMD wasn’t able to produce the volume of chips Apple needed and Apple ultimately stayed with Intel.
Apple has recently switched to AMD powered graphics processors in all Mac products that offer discrete graphics options. Part of the issue Apple has with Intel is their onboard graphics solutions. Intel’s relationship with Nvidia has soured to the point where Intel is producing chipsets that aren’t compatible with other GPU options. This has forced Apple to rely on Intel’s integrated graphics solutions, which hardly compare to Nvidia or AMD’s discrete options. However, Intel does claim the CPU power throne.
Whatever the reasoning behind the article, take SemiAccurate's report—and their too literal name—with a grain of salt. Apple is constantly looking for better processing solutions that fit within their guidelines of performance and power consumption. This is the reason Apple went with a custom-made ARM CPU inside of the iPhone instead of the Intel Atom and other offerings. However, producing full-blown laptop and desktop CPUs and GPUs in the capacity Apple needs is another beast entirely and Intel possesses the best ability to produce large quantities of chips at the price Apple wants.
But that doesn’t mean we’ll have Intel based Macs forever.
11-20-2011, 07:09 AM #2
That would be a nice change of pace if we had AMD on board. Not saying Intel isnt great but their integrated Intel graphics that they come with is completely awful. This is where AMD excels in where Nvidia and ATI is the backbone for AMD boards. Intel on the other hand makes really nice processors and they don't lack anything when it comes to performance and quality. Unless Intel decides to incorporate ATI into their chip-sets, which in my case is great news cause seriously intel graphics is just bare minimum. I hope apple opens the doors for both companies as it just make it easier for customers to choose the type of performance they want. Two of anything is always good to have!!!
Last edited by roshansri; 11-20-2011 at 07:13 AM.