AMD Talks Low Power Chips at IFA for Ultraportables

Posted by at 9:16 am on September 8, 2010

AMD in the wrap-up of the IFA show  detailed a new processor based on its Fusion hybrid CPU and graphics combos that would be targeted at a larger class of system than the netbook-oriented  Ontario. Zacate will consume twice as much energy at 18W, likely due to a higher clock speed, but will be fast enough to drive ultraportable, budget notebooks, all-in-one and small desktops. It will have twin cores based on the Bobcat architecture and should be paired with graphics in the chip that can support DirectX 11 (OpenGL 4) 3D effects, hardware 1080p decoding and OpenCL.

The design is based on a 40 nanometer manufacturing process and is small enough to use similar space Intel’s Atom. Both it and Ontario will run on a new mainboard platform, Brazos, built to support the entire platform for both desktop and notebook chips.

AMD didn’t given Zacate an official timeframe, but it’s unofficially slated for the second half of 2011.

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