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AMD is aiming for markets looking for more performance than the Intel Atom

AMD is hard at work introducing new processors to try to capture market share from Intel. Earlier this week, slides showing some new AMD processors coming this year surfaced. Among the new processors on the slide was a line AMD is calling Ultra-Value Client (UVC).

The UVC processors will be available through OEMs only. More information on the line of UVC processors has now surfaced at CHW.net. The new slides show that the UVC processors are intended to allow OEMs to produce new computers in form factors optimized for emerging markets and basic PC usage.

AMD does specify that the UVC products are aimed at more than the netbook market and can deliver traditional PC performance. The UVC processors are intended to be paired with AMD's 690 and 740 chipsets for high-quality visuals.

All UVC parts will use AMD's standard socket AM2 and S1g1 notebook infrastructures. The UVC processors include the AMD Athlon X2 3250e with a 22W TDP and operating at 1.5GHz. It features a 1MB L2 cache and is planned to be available in Q4 2008.

The AMD Athlon 2650e has a 15W TDP and operates at 1.6GHz with 512KB cache. The 2650e is available now. According to AMD slides, it is positioning both the Athlon X2 3250e and Athlon 2650e above the Intel Atom DT 230 processor in performance.

These processors may become attractive to netbook makers looking for an alternative to Intel's Atom parts because of the current shortages of Atom parts from Intel. It is important to note that the AMD processors use more power than Intel's Atom. AMD is betting some users and OEMs will be willing to sacrifice battery life for improved performance.



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RE: Rock Atom
By fleshconsumed on 9/10/2008 1:05:03 PM , Rating: 3
"Atom frankly is a pretty bad processor. Its too slow to do anything."

Exaggerate much? My dad got Acer Asrpire One and it runs SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, GPS navigation program, and pretty much everything else without too much trouble.

Yes, you can't fold or game on it, but too slow to do anything? That's just laughable.


RE: Rock Atom
By dsx724 on 9/10/2008 6:30:48 PM , Rating: 1
Have a database larger than 2MB and SQL Server 2005 becomes the sequel to the dark knight. Have you tried compiling anything other than hello world on Visual Studio with Aspire One? I'd rather cut myself than wait for it. As for running a GPS program, the GPS unit in my car can do it faster and better.

As for this cloud mumbo jumbo, it is just asking for trouble. If data is important to you, save it somewhere that doesn't have sixteen physical dependencies in order to work.

However, you are right. Atom can do things.


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