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AMD are working on an Intel Atom rival

Though perhaps not as impressive
By: Steve Dougherty | Posted: Jun 18, 2008 2:16 am

Intel's Atom has recently made a huge splash in the portable device market with its highly efficient yet powerful nature. With all the media attention it's been getting, the focus has moved away from VIA's Nano and NVIDIA's Tegra solutions.


However, it looks like AMD are going to make a good go of regaining some presence in this market segment. Hexus has discovered that they're working on an Intel Atom rival. A leaked AMD slide reveals the upcoming chip to be a single-cored 64-bit processor clocked at 1GHz with a TDP of 8W.


Ultra-portable devices have been the focus of many the industry's big names in 2008. Intel's Atom has been at the forefront of media attention, followed by the likes of VIA's Nano and NVIDIA's Tegra.


With all the usual suspects staking their claim in the portable market, we'd begun to wonder, what's AMD doing? Granted, its ageing Geode processor is still used in some of today's mobile devices, but surely the Sunnyvale-based semiconductor manufacturer has more in store?


The chip, which encompasses a DDR2 memory controller and provides HyperTransport support, measures 27x27mm and has a TDP of 8W. The early details suggest, therefore, that AMD's offering won't be as impressive as Intel's 1.6GHz 2.5W Atom N270 part.


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