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AMD lights Puma up with hybrid graphics

AMD lights Puma up with hybrid graphics

The Puma platform will come with processors named Turion Ultra, originally codenamed Griffin, and include Hybrid Graphics Technology, which boosts the platform's graphics performance by running both the integrated graphics processor and discrete graphics together.

The platform will include the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 discrete graphics card, which is specially designed to work with an integrated graphics card to either crunch extreme graphics or to get better system performance-perwatt, mobile division brand manager, Scott Shutter, said.

AMD will also launch ATI PowerXpress for the Puma platform, which allows users to switch between integrated and discrete graphics dynamically without rebooting their notebook.

A future Puma platform capability will include support for ATI Hybrid Graphics Technology with ATI PowerXpress, allowing users to switch between an integrated graphics card and a discrete graphics card based on a system's multimedia requirement. AMD will launch this technology late this year.

The combination of the CPU and graphics processing unit capabilities in the Puma platform was one more step towards achieving Fusion, a platform that merges a CPU and graphics processing unit on a single piece of silicon, Shutter said. The Fusion platform is aimed for release in 2009.


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