AMD Fusion SDK update arrives

When it’s not busy saving the planet, AMD has been updating its Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) Software Development Kit (SDK) v2.3, which it claims has full support for the first AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units, OpenCL 1.1 and AMD Radeon HD 6900 Series graphics. 

According to the company, AMD APP technology enables AMD GPUs and CPUs to work together to run demanding computing tasks faster than possible with just the CPU alone.

AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing SDK v2.3, previously known as the ATI Stream SDK, is also claimed to give software developers the chance to write new applications that can take full advantage of the parallel processing power of heterogeneous computing platforms, such as those based on new AMD E-Series and C-Series APUs. 

In addition to support for the first AMD Fusion APUs and OpenCL 1.1, AMD APP SDK v2.3 offers improved runtime performance and math libraries for OpenCL.

Meanwhile AMD has gone all Captain Planet on us. It is talking carbon improvements added to its Fusion range. 

It boasts that its E-350 APU has gone green and shown a “significant reduction” with its overall carbon footprint. This is compared to predecessors which feature the AMD Athlon Neo II Dual core processor and the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5430 graphics processor.

Research delved into the production and use of the E-350 and found a reduction of up to 40 percent in total carbon emissions over the lifecycle.  

The study also calculated the total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, of the systems from the silicon fabrication through the use phases of the product life cycle. It found that the AMD Fusion APU reference system generated 40.2kg CO2e of GHG emissions compared to 67.4kg CO2e of GHG emissions for the previous generation products.

This, it claims, totals to a 40.3 percent reduction in overall GHG emissions associated with the APU product over its estimated lifetime. While the study showed some reduction in carbon footprint at the manufacturing stage.

The lower carbon footprint of the AMD E-350 APU apparently stems from AMD’s integration of the computing and graphics processors onto a single piece of silicon. This is said to eliminate the chip-to-chip linkage between CPU and GPU that can add latency to memory operations and reduce power.

According to AMD the potential carbon footprint savings from the Fusion APU technology is “dramatic”. The AMD Fusion APU tested in the Carbon Footprint Study was found to save an estimated 27.2 kgCO2e over its lifetime compared to the non-APU product.

It said that if AMD Fusion products were to be installed in approximately one-third of the PC market it could result in a total carbon dioxide emission equivalents savings of nearly 500,000 metric tons annually. Apparently this is the same amount of annual GHG emissions from 95,160 passenger vehicles or the same amount of electricity used by 60,399 homes for one year.