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AMD Expects 10 Teraflop Fusion-powered Laptops Within Nine Years

The highlight of yesterday's AMD event was not the launch of the A-series Llano APU but certainly the demo of the next generation Trinity APU that is set to be launched next year on 32nm and is expected, according to AMD, to be 50 per cent faster than the current generation at equal clock speeds.

The Register also reported (opens in new tab) that AMD wants to produce 10-teraflop laptops by 2020 (ed : assuming that laptops haven't been superseded by something else and that AMD is still around).

The current A-series range is capable of reaching 400 Gigaflops, single precision and AMD wants a 25-fold improvement over the next nine years which, in all honesty, should be viewed as a conservative figure.

The first 10-teraflop supercomputers were launched in 2001 which means that there will only have been an 18-year period for the raw power of a 99-ton computer to be squeezed into the chassis of a 2kg laptop.

Interestingly, a few hours earlier, a conference call was being held by Intel where discussions over how the company was looking to shatter the Exaflop - a million Teraflops - barrier by 2018 were held.

There are also other competitors like Nvidia that are planning even more powerful solutions capable of delivering Petaflop-class computing in a much smaller timeframe.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.