AMD Yukon

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.

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6 replies on “AMD unveils product roadmap, includes ultraportable focus”

  1. I am actually pretty psyched, but the question is “when?” If I only need to pay an extra $100 to get a larger screen, better graphics, better video, and possibly a better Flash 10 experience, I think that’s OK. Same logic that people have migrated from the 7″ to 10″, I think that some will prefer going from the 10″ to the 12″. Thoughts?

  2. A netbook format, but not using the fusion CPU/GPU single package, i wonder what it is…………

    low-power dual-core Phenom II at .045u and probably around 1.6GHz
    low-power 780G chipset at .055u, hopefully paired with the SB750

    Could be a very compelling product when put in a 10″ chassis!

  3. Yeah, I didn’t expect much from AMD, and it doesn’t look like they delivered much. This seals the deal on the NC10 for me… though I hate having to import a black one from the UK. Why Samsung why?

  4. “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”

    Exactly as I’ve said. AMD can’t make a cheap and small notebook processor using their existing tech. So they’ve got to shoot for a different market. Of course what you’ll probably see them doing is producing something with decent integrated graphics and trying to market it to the same people who would buy the Asus N10; all seven of them. 😉

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