In a profile of AMD that is just upcoming, it has been reported by Forbes that the processor company’s Llano family of combined “Fusion” CPU-GPU systems were incredibly something that Apple was considering to be using as their own brains behind their MacBook Air in 2011 for that revision. Though AMD did not make it because of Intel, though as the parts were necessary, they were too late in being delivered to Apple and also had a high failure rate aswell.
AMD struggled with its new fabless model while trying to crank out “fusion” processors that combined a CPU and a GPU in a single part. On paper the idea was promising. A notebook processor dubbed “Llano” got a close look from Apple for an update to the ultralight MacBook Air, scheduled for launch in mid-2011.
But AMD couldn’t get early working samples of Llano to Apple on time, one former employee says. Several former AMD employees disagree on just how close AMD came. “We had it,” one says. But too many of the Llano parts were faulty. AMD lost the deal.
The firm was pitched by Apple according to reports, on using it’s Brazos family of Fusion systems in the Apple TV itself, though it was proven by Apple to be quite uninterested in that proposal.
Brian Calfield has alot more efforts within AMD which is to be sure that they will eventually lure Apple into them, which in a completely different article it is explained that he talks more in depth on the yield problems on the chips for the Fusion processors that were originally planned for the MacBook Air.
Echoes of the claim came into a report from November from SemiAccurate which allegedly said that the platform “Fusion” from AMD was the “Plan A” for Apple for the 2011 MacBook Air which such machines were pretty much “almost going into production” right before Apple decided at the last minute to switch to Intel again.
It had been a struggle for Apple for any of their options for chips in their smaller portable devices for a number of years as the issues for licensing had prevented companies in graphics just like nVidia kept making integrated graphics solutions to the latest and greatest processors from Intel. But with Apple being forced into choosing in between a much slower Core 2 Duo cpu being paired with some of the faster nVidia graphics and the faster Intel Core i-series cpu’s, it was hampered by slower integrated graphics from Intel, as Apple had opted to continue to keep using the aging Core 2 Duo processors for a much longer amount of time than it would have liked to otherwise.
More updates in the integrated graphics from Intel allowed Apple to make a move over to a much more significant improvement Core i5 and also i7 cpu series in the most current generation MacBook Air models, though it also seems that Apple has weighed in the offerings from AMD as they have sought to work their own way out of the constraints with the issues with graphics chips from Intel.