AMD seems to have hit a snag when it comes to the production of Fusion Llano processors, which were originally touted to hit the market sometime in the first half of next year. These delays have been blamed on manufacturing issues, where GlobalFoundries experienced lower-than-expected yields for its 32nm process which was required to build the processors. Just what does Llano technology offer? In a recent preview, AMD paired a CPU with DirectX 11 graphics components on the same chip, making it suitable for both desktop and notebook use, delivering some rather marked improvements to power efficiency and heat production compared to 45nm alternatives. Dual, tri- and quad-core versions of the Llano processors are tipped to arrive, although with the latest delays, we might even have to wait until August next year before getting a sniff at it. Will netbooks be alive then, staving off the tablet onslaught, to carry the new Llano infrastructure?
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