At a meeting with financial analysts today, AMD unveiled its platform and CPU roadmaps for the next few years. And that roadmap includes a new platform for mini-notebooks and ultraportable computers called Yukon. There are virtually no details available about Yukon at the moment, other than the fact that it’s due out in early 2009 and will consume less than 25 Watts while providing a balance of performance and power savings.
If 25 Watts sounds like a lot, well it kind of is. But keep in mind, Yukon is a platform that includes a CPU and graphics chip. So we probably can’t compare this number to the 2.5 Watt TDP used by the Intel Atom N270 CPU. On the other hand, the N270 uses the Intel 945GSE chipset, which is rated for 6 Watts, which is still a lot lower than 25.
AMD hasn’t named any OEM partners yet. The financial analysts meeting will continue this afternoon, so we may get some more information about AMD’s netbook plans as the day progresses.
Update: Xavier from Notebooks.com is actually at today’s meeting, not just watching the webcast like I am. He picked up this extra nugget of information about Yukon: AMD says it will be cheaper and thinner than its other processors, which will let it fit in netbooks. But AMD is not going after the same market as the Atom. This chip will likely consume more power, and cost more. In other words, it sounds to me like a chip for small laptops, not necessarily small, cheap laptops.