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AMD updates C-series, E-series Fusion processors

AMD Fusion APU

Chipmaker AMD had announced updated versions of its Fusion C-series and E-series processors, beefing up graphics and whittling down power consumption to make the chips even more appealing to makers of ultrathin notebooks, netbooks, and all-in-one desktop systems. Dubbed APUs (for Accelerated Processing Unit) rather than CPUs, AMD’s Fusion line aims to compete with offerings from Intel by offering multi-core performance and powerful integrated graphics, along with lower price points.

“Today’s PC users want stunning HD graphics and accelerated performance with all-day battery life and that’s what AMD Fusion APUs deliver,” said AMD Clint Division VP and general manager Chris Cloran, in a statement. “With these new APUs, we’re bringing premium features to entry-level products that let users get a richer computing experience.”

Formerly known under the codenames Zacate and Ontario, the new C-series APUs look to appeal to netbook and ultrathin notebook fans, with AMD claiming the chips can offer up to 12 hours of battery like on a single charge. The E-series aren’t slouches either—AMD says they’ll offer users up to 10.5 hours of battery life, plus they support DDR 1333 memory and HDMI 1.4a video output to support 3D content. Both support DirectX11 graphics for high-definition video and gaming support.

Although AMD hasn’t named any OEM partners, the company says the new C-series and E-series Fusion chips are shipping on machines available today, and can be identified with AMD’s Vision Technology or HD Internet stickers.