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Advanced Micro Devices has announced that it had entered a memorandum of understanding under which its Canadian subsidiary would be awarded by a five-year grant of $52.8 million to fund research and development activities in the development of the code-named Fusion accelerated processing units (APUs) that combine x86 and graphics processing cores onto the same chips.

Canadian Ontario state expects to make its initial investment of $11.2 million CAD to AMD upon signing the formal agreement, with periodic payments occurring thereafter throughout the grant period. In turn, AMD will commit to substantially invest in AMD Fusion processor-related R&D activities in Markham, and retain and create hundreds of high-value R&D jobs during the grant time frame. AMD also plans to increase collaborative activities with local universities.

AMD’s subsidiary in Canada was obtained back in 2006, when AMD acquired ATI Technologies, the company that specialized on development of graphics processing units (GPUs) as well as core-logic sets. As AMD’s largest R&D center outside the United States, AMD Canada employs more than 1600 people, including an average of 100 engineering student participants in its internship and co-op programs.

“With this partnership, Ontario will be at the forefront of helping to bring this game-changing technology to market, and will deepen the province’s reputation as a seat of technology innovation. AMD Fusion technology is set to enable significant breakthroughs in personal computing and our R&D facility in Markham, Ontario is playing an instrumental role in creating this technology.” said Dirk Meyer, AMD president and chief exec.

Tags: ATI, Radeon, AMD, Fusion, Llano, 32nm

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So does canadian goverment must pay up to amd/ati sharks not to sack off people they dont need now. Prolonged agony. When any kid in india now can contribute to build up amd/intel/nameit empire with his work waiting for nameit to collect royalties.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 02/17/10 07:08:27 AM]
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Huh? And what do you suppose governments should be doing then, if not exactly this? I also fail to see how this is bad, as would reading your comment imply? What are you saying?
0 0 [Posted by: MyK  | Date: 02/17/10 08:15:24 AM]
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With AMD employing over 1600 ppl in Canada and giving hundreds of eng students a start, 53 million seems like a really good investment in the future
0 0 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 02/17/10 08:57:08 PM]
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I support move from Canadian goverment ,because fusion tend to cut price of expensive IT equipment and that is what every goverment should do.
0 0 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 02/18/10 03:21:52 AM]
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