Hardware hounds early awaiting the release of AMD’s Fusion chip – a combo of CPU and GPU functions on a single die which AMD have dubbed an ‘APU’ (Accelerated Processing Unit) – will surely be excited to hear that open-source drivers are ready and waiting.
Asked whether AMD plans to open specs for the AMD Fusion chip AMD’s Alex Deucher responded with: –
“Open drivers are already written, just waiting for final approval to release.”
Fusion is targeted at embedded/mobile devices, netbooks, low-cost notebook and no-doubt tablets too. Rumour currently suggests that Apple are seeking to use Fusion APUs in their MacBook line. Desktop versions of Fusion are expected to come in 2012.
Open-source drivers: Not for everybody
It’s worth pointing out here that the fusion open-source drivers will pale in feature-set to that of its binary brother however until some code is pushed out we’re not quite sure what features the driver will come with.