AMD's Atom rivals to show up in Acer, Asus systems

— 3:39 PM on September 5, 2008

If we can trust a roadmap that popped onto the web earlier this week, AMD will strike at Intel's Atom with two low-cost, low-power processors in November. One of them, the Athlon 2650, will run at 1.6GHz with a 15W power envelope. Its sibling will be named Athlon X2 3250e and will run at 1.5GHz with a 22W TDP.

The roadmap specifies that the chips are for PC makers only, but who will actually use them? DigiTimes has found out exactly that thanks to its many sources at motherboard makers. According to the Taiwanese site, AMD has already struck deals with Asus, Acer, and Shuttle, and systems based on the new chips should arrive in December.

Those are some big names. Acer is the world's third-biggest PC brand these days, and Asus enjoys a healthy amount of brand recognition (not to mention sales) thanks to its popular Eee PCs. The AMD chips may be a tad too power-hungry to materialize in teeny laptops like the Eee PC 901, but they could give Atom a run for its money in cheap, small-form-factor desktops like the Eee Box B202.

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