AMD’s Fusion to utilize TSMC’s 40nm technology
The first Fusion processor is code-named Shrike, which will, if our sources are right, consist of a dual-core Phenom CPU and an ATI RV800 GPU core. This news is actually a big surprise, as Shrike was originally rumored to debut as a combination of a dual-core Kuma CPU and a RV710-based graphics unit. A few more quarters of development time gave AMD time to continue working on a low-end RV800-based core to be integrated with Fusion. RV800 chips will be DirectX 10.1 compliant and are expected to deliver a bit more than just a 55 nm-40 nm dieshrink.
While Shrike will debut as a 40 nm chip, the processor is scheduled to transition to 32 nm at the beginning of 2010 – not much later than Intel will introduce 32 nm – and serve as a stop-gap before the next-gen CPU core, code-named “Bulldozer” arrives. The Bulldozer-based chip, code-named ?Falcon?, will debut with TSMC’s 32nm SOI process, instead of the originally planned 45 nm.