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02-23-2012, 12:53 AM #1
New Forbes Profile Claims Apple Came Close to Using AMD Chips in 2011 MacBook Air
Apple has long enjoyed special treatment from Intel, receiving the latest versions of desktop and laptop processors before they become available to PC manufacturers. But, last year rumors of Apple’s displeasure with Intel began to surface. An upcoming Forbes profile of AMD appears to confirm those rumors.
In the profile Forbes claims Apple considered AMD’s Llano family of Fusion combo CPU-GPU systems as the heart of the 2011 MacBook Air. However, AMD was unable to deliver the necessary parts in time, and those that were, exhibited unacceptable failure rates.
AMD struggled with its new fabless model while trying to crank out “fusion” processors that combined a CPU and a GPU in a single part. On paper the idea was promising. A notebook processor dubbed “Llano” got a close look from Apple for an update to the ultralight MacBook Air, scheduled for launch in mid-2011.
But, AMD couldn’t get early working samples of Llano to Apple on time, one former employee says. Several former AMD employees disagree on just how close AMD came. “We had it,” one says. But too many of the Llano parts were faulty. AMD lost the deal.
However, I do find it hard to believe Apple would sacrifice Thunderbolt functionality in the MBA in favor of AMD’s integrated CPU+GPU solutions. But, if relations with Intel in the mobile market continue to go south Apple could very well make the move.
Source: Forbes [via MacRumors]
02-23-2012, 05:09 AM #2
No AMD for me, sorry!
02-23-2012, 06:05 AM #3
Have you ever USED the fusion chips? they are AMAZING. if you want decent graphics at all, instead of intel HD crap, they are amazing. not to mention quad core.
02-23-2012, 07:28 AM #4
I said it before in another post that apple may go to AMD. They already use the Radeon graphics, so why not a total solution from AMD.
Intel makes crappy graphics cards. I think sometime in the next few years they will go with a total AMD solution. I think that would be a good move on the part of Apple.
02-23-2012, 10:27 AM #5
The way I see it, it's a catch 22. Intels CPUs outperform AMD in all aspects. Heat is important, especially when talking about laptops, and Intel currently dominates. Better performance, and less heat. Graphics cards AMD dominates. I don't think the average person buying a lower end notebook from Apple is going to be terribly worried about this, and the best selling laptops, for Apple, are the lower to mid range of each product line they offer.
02-23-2012, 12:10 PM #6
02-23-2012, 01:13 PM #7
really? because as far as i know, fusion chips generate much less heat.
02-23-2012, 11:05 PM #8
02-28-2012, 08:03 PM #9
That was because several people they had making the chips bailed or failed (heh,that rhymed). Im typing on one right now...hopefully, with trinity (the next generation) they will step it up.