Report: AMD's Atom killer to hit netbooks in 2009


— 10:39 AM on June 20, 2008

Earlier this week, a presentation slide describing a low-power, single-core AMD processor leaked out, hinting that AMD planned to go after Intel's Atom CPU in the subnotebook market. Now, DigiTimes quotes its sources at PC makers as saying this mystery AMD chip will come out by the end of this year.

This new report still doesn't mention a name for the chip, but it says AMD will base it on a 65nm K8 core clocked at 1.2GHz. That mostly corroborates the leaked slide, which mentioned a 1GHz AMD64 CPU with 256KB of cache, a built-in DDR2-400 memory controller, an 8W power envelope, and a 27 x 27-mm ball-grid-array package. AMD will supposedly attempt to undercut Intel's Atom with lower prices.

Unlike Atom and the VIA Nano, though, AMD's low-cost subnotebook CPU may not hit any actual systems for a while. DigiTimes says AMD has already kicked off negotiations with Acer, HP, MSI, and "vendors in China," but it goes on to say laptops featuring the chip won't ship until some time in the first half of 2009.

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