The Chipset err...Fusion Controller Hub

The Zacate/Ontario APUs have an integrated PCIe interface sporting 8 lanes. Four of those lanes are used for AMD’s Universal Media Interface (UMI) - a bus that links the APU to the Hudson FCH. The remaining four can be used for discrete graphics or a combination of discrete graphics and other PCIe controllers. Both PCIe interfaces can run at gen 1 or gen 2 transfer rates.

Display output naturally stems off of the APU. You can drive two displays in tandem over any combination of VGA or Display Port/DVI/HDMI/LVDS.

As I mentioned earlier, the APU sports a single channel memory controller - but you can install up to two DIMMs on that channel. Speeds are down from the 1333MHz system we tested at IDF, DDR3-1066 is the max you’ll officially see on a Brazos system.

The Hudson FCH supplies up to 14 USB 2.0 ports, 6 x 6Gbps SATA ports and another 4 PCIe lanes. The FCH is based on AMD’s SB800 series of South Bridges. Despite the small size, this is a full featured platform.

From the looks of it, AMD has all of the right ingredients for some very competitive entries in the mainstream and ultraportable notebook markets. Now it’s just up to the OEMs to build something cool out of it.

Check back in about a week for the full rundown on Zacate performance.

Meet the Brazos


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  • Zoomer - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    Sorry. I meant:
    The Sims 5000
  • dayanth - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    How fast it can run Minecraft? Reply
  • Freddo - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    Really curious how well AMD C-50 will run 1080p H.264 videos, like this 1080p60 encode video from Digital Foundry;

    If it can run it well, I will be sure to buy one AMD C-50 netbook next year, and use it as a HTPC. Also, it should obviously have HDMI for that, and preferably a good metal build quality.
  • Freddo - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    Oh, and how well it can run a PS1 emulator. Reply
  • Shadowmaster625 - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    You mean a PS2 emulator? Anything should be able to run a PS1 emulator. I dont mess with ps1, but when I run the N64 emulator, I get literally 0% cpu usage from it. Reply
  • Freddo - Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - link

    Nope, I mean a PS1 emulator.

    I remember it's not working well on my 833Mhz computer from 2000, but it worked fine on my 1.5GHz computer from 2002.

    And AMD C-50 got two 1.0GHz cores.
  • khimera2000 - Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - link

    since the PS1 emulator runs relatively fine on a PSP i dont think it will be an issue. Reply
  • iwod - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    I have a Pentium M 1.8Ghz with Radeon X1600M Laptop. I wonder if the Top Range Dual Core 1.6Ghz Bobcat with 500Mhz 6310 will beat my Laptop Performance, which i considered to be capable for 95% of my work load with an SSD. It is only lacking in playing High Def Video, but UVD 3 solve that problem easily.

    How much would these thing cost? 70mm2 only sounds ridiculously cheap to make with only 480 pins on 40nm2.
  • mino - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    CPU will be a bit faster (think dual 1,5GHz Pentium M)
    GPU will be 1/2 the speed or less - you have a relatively powerful GPU in there.
  • nafhan - Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - link

    I think the GPU would actually be pretty close.
    Comparing the 530v (which should be pretty close to Bobcat performance: 80 shaders @ 470, 64bit mem bus) and the mobile x1600, the 530v comes out on top by a small margin according to notebook check:

    Ontario, on the other hand, should be about half since the GPU speed is around half.

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