Last month, AMD revealed that its Ontario APU will ship in the fourth quarter of this year. We may have to wait a little bit longer for actual systems based on the chip, though. DigiTimes expects thin-and-light notebooks based on Ontario to arrive in the first quarter of next year. The site says that Acer, Asus, and HP all have designs due in early 2011. We might even see the systems on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
In a conference call accompanying its second-quarter earnings report last month, AMD CEO Dirk Meyer confirmed that Ontario will be built on a 40-nm process by TSMC. The early supply of Radeon HD 5800-series graphics cards was constrained by yield problems with the Taiwanese Foundry's 40-nm fabrication tech, driving up card prices in the process. Let's hope similar issues don't limit Ontario availability. With Acer, Asus, and HP reportedly set to adopt the new APU, there could be considerable demand for AMD's thin-and-light Fusion platform.