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January 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM

CES 2011: AMD introduces chips for tablets

LAS VEGAS — Hi from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The conference starts Thursday and will bring more than 100,000 technophiles to check out the latest gadgets and giant televisions coming to market this year.

First up today, chip maker AMD is launching a new chipset called AMD Fusion, which combines a CPU, the central processing unit, with a GPU, a graphics processing unit.

The new combined chips are designed to allow richer video and graphics on computers and on the Web. The GPU makes video look like high definition, AMD said.

The Fusion line of chipsets will use less power than today’s chips, and AMD says these chips will last up to 10 hours on a battery charge. A long-life battery will allow PC makers to develop tablets that have a battery life competitive with the iPad, and AMD expects tablets to come out in the first quarter of this year. The company says it expects Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, MSI, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba to announce computers running on AMD Fusion chips.

Microsoft has said it has been waiting for a new generation of chips to bring Windows to tablets.

For all the tech specs, here is AMD’s press release.

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