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AMD fires three-core Fusion at the desktop

Chipper wannabe AMD has delivered the latest fruit of its Fusion strategy with what it calls the A-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) A6-3500 desktop processor.

The chip combines three x86 cores with over 300 Radeon graphics-spinnning cores to 'fuse' X86 computing and DX11 graphics in a single product.

AMD's other two offerings for its Socket FM1 platform, the A8-3850 and the A6-3650 are quad-core chips. The outfit is pitching the triple-core variety at a lower price point- with a suggested retail price of $95.00 (U.S).

The A6-3500 APU can be clocked from 2.1GHz and 2.4GHz using AMD'sTurbo Boost technology. The tacked-on GPU claims clock frequency of 444MHz, with , 3MB of L2 cache supporting the 320 cores at a TDP of 65W.

The chip became available through system builders and online retailers last night.

AMD said it has shipped more than 12 million APUs since the Fused chips first came to market last year.