AMD Renews Bid for Set-Tops, Tablet PCs
Advanced Micro Devices releases the AMD Geode LX, a low-power processor that runs at a fixed rate of 500 MHz.Advanced Micro Devices has released the AMD Geode LX, a low-power processor that the company hopes will help it achieve its "x86 Everywhere" strategy. The chips selling point is its low power: 900 milliwatts, substantially less than the 7 watts or so that the 1.2-GHz Pentium M 753 from Intel consumes. But AMDs Geode LX runs at a fixed rate of 500 MHz, which AMD executives say will be enough to run Windows XP. AMDs goal was to create a processor with the highest performance per watt in the industry, according to Charles Ditmer, division marketing manager for AMDs Embedded Solutions Group and a marketing manager for the LX800 processor.
Reducing the chips power means that a wider range of devices can incorporate the chip. More than 17 customers are testing the design, with at least one each from the tablet, personal video recorder, "micro" PC, thin client and set-top box categories.