AMD hasn’t exactly been shy about letting us know about upcoming chips lately, but now the company has gone all out and released a couple of roadmaps showing its plans for Server, desktop, and notebook chips through 2012.
In the low power and mobile space, it looks like the upcoming “Bobcat” core will continue to play a role for the next few years. The first Bobcat chips will include the upcoming Ontario and Zacate chips we told you about earlier this week. But in 2012 AMD plans to launch new chips named Krishna and Wichita which will have 1-4 Bobcat CPU cores.
Each and every chip will also be bundled with a graphics processing element which can handle DirectX 11 and HD video. AMD calls the new chips with CPU and GPU components APUs, for Accelerated Processing Unit. It’s all part of the company’s new Fusion platform.
Krishna and Wichita chips will be the first APUs built with a 28nm process. These chips will be used in tablets, notebooks, netbooks, and small form-factor desktops and all-in-one PCs.
Of course, AMD’s not only releasing low power chips. The company has a number of new bleeding edge chips in the works, including the Komodo which will feature 8 next-gen Bulldozer CPU cores.
I’m very interested in what AMD has to offer. I was about to pull the trigger on an Intel N550 class netbook, but the fact that AMD has a CPU that could bury an Atom, I’m going to wait. Hopefully it comes out sooner than later.
I just hope all major producers will pick up this one – as some Bobcat – especially Ontario APUs seem Atom killers in terms of HD performance (also will force Nvidia to do better with Ion3). I can’t wait to get my hand on netbooks with AMD – I have N270 Atom device at the moment and was thinking to go for N550 but looks like I’ll wait few more months and grab AMD based one (AMD Neo is too energy hungry).
We need to support AMD otherwise we get whatever “lord Intel” will let us have…GO AMD
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