AMD Will Ship Dual-Core Athlon Neo for Ultraportable Laptops Later in 2009
Advanced Micro Devices is now planning to ship a dual-core Athlon Neo processor later in 2009. The AMD-dual core Athlon Neo is slated to be part of the chip maker's platform code-named Congo and designed for a line of ultraportable, affordable laptops. AMD and Hewlett-Packard at CES rolled out a notebook based on the platform code-named Yukon, which uses a single-core Athlon Neo processor. The announcement from AMD comes as reports surface that Intel is planning to refresh its Atom lineup with processors running at slightly better clock speeds.Advanced Micro Devices, which just announced that it would eliminate 1,100 jobs to help trim costs, confirmed that it's planning to ship a dual-core version of its Athlon Neo processor later in 2009 as part of its "Congo" platform for new types of ultraportable laptops. In a Jan. 16 e-mail, AMD spokesperson Phil Hughes wrote that AMD is planning to ship the dual-core Athlon Neo processor, code-named Conesus, by the second half of 2009. Hughes declined to give a specific date for the launch or a hint as to the chip's clock speed.
Congo is the second platform for a new type of ultraportable laptop that AMD and its OEM partners are hoping to bring to the PC market this year. At the CES expo earlier in January, AMD along with Hewlett-Packard rolled out the first laptop based on the "Yukon" platform that used a single-core Athlon Neo processor with a clock speed of 1.6GHz.