Future UMPCs may use AMD chips


Sources at Taiwan PC manufacturers have hinted that AMD chips may find their way into Ultra-Mobile PCs, also known as UMPCs. AMD Taiwan declined to comment about the prospect when quizzed by DigiTimes, but claimed that the UMPC sector still needs time to develop: "high costs, lack of market adoption and overlapping functions of notebooks are issues, which are also reasons why the Tablet PC has failed." AMD's low-power Geode chips, which use between 6W and 14W of power, could be viable alternatives to low-voltage Intel Celeron and VIA C7-M offerings. However, AMD's 25-35W Turion power envelope is likely too high for effective UMPC integration.
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