The Intel Sandy Bridge and the AMD APU
The APU stands for Accelerated Processing Unit and is a term Coined by Advanced Micro Devices, AMD, the number 2 computer chip maker. APU is essentially a fusion of the processor and the graphics unit in one single chip. The merger reduces the overall cost as compared to integrating the processor and the graphics unit.
Intel’s Sandy Bridge is the answer to the AMD’s APU. Sandy bridge has implemented the processor and the graphics in a single die using 32 nm lithography. While AMD has so far implemented the APU only in Entry level notebooks, Sandy Bridge processors come with advanced and high computing power.
APU is essentially a term coined by AMD – Advanced Micro Devices.