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Half of Microprocessors Sold in 2011 are Hybrid Chips with Integrated Graphics - Report.
xbitlabs.com ^ | 05/17/2012 | Anton Shilov

Posted on 08/22/2012 10:31:48 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hybrid Microprocessors Gain Market Share as Systems Become More Compact

Half of the $111 billion microprocessor market was generated by hybrid processors that included graphics cores or other kinds of processing engines, according to a report by IMS Research. Hybrid microprocessors will not only continue to gain market share, but will also let companies like Advanced Micro Devices and Intel Corp. onto new markets, such as media tablets and smartphones.

“Through the last decade the mobile and media consumption device markets have been pivotal for this hybridization trend; Apple, Broadcom, Marvell, MediaTek, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung, ST Ericsson, Texas Instruments and many other processor vendors have been offering heterogeneous application-specific processors with a microprocessor core integrating a GPU to add value within extremely confined parameters of space, power and cost. Now that smartphone sales exceed computers, and tablets explode onto the market, these hybridized application specific mobile processors represent the next largest class of processor by revenue," said Tom Hackenberg, semiconductors research manager and author of the Comprehensive Processor Report.

(Excerpt) Read more at xbitlabs.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Computers/Internet
KEYWORDS: hitech; mobiledevices
Is is kinda of a dated news item....but has some facts....about size of the sectors.
1 posted on 08/22/2012 10:31:54 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I bought one of these combo processor/GPU’s from AMD for a PC overhaul and have been quite happy with it!


2 posted on 08/22/2012 10:40:55 AM PDT by TSgt (The only reason I have one in the chamber at all times, is because it is impossible to have two in.)
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I bought one of these combo processor/GPU’s from AMD for a PC overhaul and have been quite happy with it!

I have heard they are far far better than the integrated Intel graphics that always seem buggy.


3 posted on 08/22/2012 10:43:56 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

We’re talking handheld devices here, not PCs. I love my gadgets.


4 posted on 08/22/2012 10:49:48 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Hybrid usually means multiple chips in a common package.


5 posted on 08/22/2012 11:09:29 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1311 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama, a queer and present danger)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They’re OK unless you’re a serious gamer/simmer. They can’t compete with a cpu/video card combo.


6 posted on 08/22/2012 11:32:50 AM PDT by Signalman
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What is more interesting, since the evolution of video and graphics technology with CPU and memory subsystems has proceeded for at least three decades, is that the company publishing this marketing information is Russian. Most would have no interest in why this evolution is important, but I'm surrounded by AMD pc’s with excellent graphics integrated into the “Northbridge” (memory controller). They cannot be distinguished from the few systems with a separate graphics adapter since we don't need high-speed 3-D graphics. The integrated systems may actually handle video streams better than board-based graphics devices because of their direct integration with the memory controller. More people use streaming video than use synthetic 3-D graphics, remarkable and compute-intensive technology. The graphics processor unit or "GPU", is often more complex than the base processor(s) or CPU technology. AMD anticipated this and bought ATI some years ago. nVidia has resisted being acquired by Intel, a saga still evolving. Both are great companies, but most of the CPUs being manufactured today are for embedded applications such as tablets, smart phones, automobiles, and appliances.

Russians buy AMD and Intel processors too, and supply many of the engineers being paid by our high-tech industry, currently slowed by our recession. The fuss over portable devices likely reflects the reality that there is now more wealth in the bureaucracy than in productive sectors. That will eventually change, though perhaps more so in other countries, since the US now imposes the highest taxes on productivity of any nation in the world. Every nation is burdened by corruption and crony capitalism but we are becoming a land where Solyndra’s bundlers walk away from a company designed to fail with what remains of the profits of the few industries still able to extract positive cash flow from the market. There are thousands of Solyndras. Good for the Russians and the Chinese and the Indians. Our media will do the bidding of our ruling communist party to justify the spreading tentacles of hope and change.

7 posted on 08/22/2012 1:14:09 PM PDT by Spaulding
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

...and now that Intel has finally entered the smartphone/tablet arena with their long-awaited offering........look out.


8 posted on 08/22/2012 4:55:43 PM PDT by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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