AMD to unveil its Atom competitor tomorrow?

— 9:29 AM on November 12, 2008

Just over seven months after the launch of Intel's Atom processor, AMD may finally be about to reveal how it plans to compete with it. You don't have to be a genius to figure that one out, since as points out, AMD CEO Dirk Meyer Meyer himself actually specified in the last earnings call that AMD would discuss its strategy at the next financial analyst conference.

Well, a quick check on AMD's website shows the Financial Analyst Day event will start tomorrow at 8:30 AM PT (and won't end until eight hours later). said it received an invitation, which cements the prediction further—people who write about notebooks on the Internet typically don't mix with financial analysts.

According to presentation slide that hit the web in September, AMD has two new chips in the pipeline: a 1.6GHz Athlon 2650 with a 15W power envelope and a dual-core, 1.5GHz Athlon X2 3250e with a 22W TDP. Both chips might be a little too power hungry for netbooks like Asus' Eee PC 901, but they could allow AMD to take some market share in the bigger netbooks as well as low-cost, small-form-factor desktop systems. AMD will in all likelihood offer better integrated graphics than Intel, too.

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