The AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), introduced to market in January 2011, is a new generation of processors that
combines the computing processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) capabilities in a single chip (die). APU-based platforms can deliver a
prodigious amount of computational horsepower, and can present enormous opportunities in developing an application ecosystem beyond today’s
mainstream computer systems.
While APUs seek to deliver a superior, immersive PC experience, they also can provide tangible environmental benefits. By eliminating a chip to chip
link and by introducing new holistic power management techniques, the APUs are designed to be more power efficient than current generation platforms
that have both computational and graphical capabilities.
This paper compares the environmental impact of one of AMD’s first APU products against an equivalent computer platform powered by the current
generation of AMD processors (CPUs and GPUs). By conducting a business to consumer (B2C) lifecycle assessment, this study compares the total
lifecycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (also known as a “carbon footprint”) of an APU system (based on the 18W dual-core processor codenamed
“Zacate” and the M1 chipset codenamed “Hudson”) with the latest AMD system codenamed “Nile” (which is based on an AMD Athlon™ Neo II Dual Core
processor, SB820 Southbridge, RS880M Northbridge with an ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 5430 discrete graphics card). This study concludes that the
APU system offers significant GHG benefits (up to a 40% emissions reduction) when compared with the Nile platform.
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