AMD showed off a new platform at CES called Yukon that featured a new single-core Athlon Neo processor. The HP machine featuring the platform was very thin (think MacBook Air) and looked fantastic. HP is set to begin shipping the notebook in 2009.
EWeek reports that AMD will also be fielding a dual-core version of its Neo processor that will be part of the Congo platform. Congo and the dual-core Neo are reportedly set to launch later in 2009. Congo will be a platform for new types of ultraportable laptops. AMD was very clear in meetings at CES that the Neo was not for the netbook market.
AMD reps said it would cede the netbook market to Intel and focus on notebooks with more performance and functionality starting at around $600. EWeek reports that AMD's Phil Hughes wrote in an email that the dual-core Neo processor would be code named Conesus and will launch in the second half of 2009. No hints of a specific launch date or the performance of the chip was offered by Hughes.
The single core version of the Neo in the aforementioned HP notebook runs at 1.6GHz. That may sound very similar to the Intel Atom N270, but AMD assures that the processor is capable of offering a premium computing experience, whereas the Atom is not. The Neo processors will find a home inside notebooks with screens ranging from 12 to 14-inches.
The Congo platform is reported to take advantage of the dual-core Neo and AMDs own RS780M chipset featuring the SB710 Southbridge. The thermal envelope for the single-core Neo is 15-watts and eWeek says AMD will stick to that thermal envelope when the dual-core Neo debuts. The HP system shown at CES was completely passive cooled to help keep noise and size to a minimum.
quote: The margins in the netbook market are razor thin
quote: As AMD works towards the release of its new 45nm Shanghai processors, which will have 8 to 12 cores, it’s clear that the company is unwilling to risk entering a market with such low profit margins, preferring pricey offerings. Intel, while having entered the budget market, seems to wish it could leave. However for both companies, time may compel them to unwillingly commit to the netbook market due to consumer demand.
quote: My thought on netbooks is that they are a niche market
quote: Clothing, jewelry, kitchen utensil, even toothbrushes and ball point pens-- all will eventually have their own embedded processors.
quote: yes, smaller and less consumption is the logical future, but net books are not.
quote: In less than 100 years, I expect the average home to have several million processors in it.
quote: > "but it should read..." You might want to look up the term 'anastrophe' to see how it applies here. It might be a bit of a stretch to claim the OP was intentionally engaging in verb-subject inversion for rhetorical emphasis, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. :)