AMD Turns Its Attention to Low-Cost Notebook, Ultraportable Laptop Markets - Page 2

In the first half of 2009, AMD will bring out the "Yukon" platform for ultraportable and low-cost netbooks. This platform will have a total TDP-a term that refers to how much heat a chip or platform has to dissipate-of 25 watts. In addition, AMD will introduce two new dual-core processors for both netbooks and mainstream laptops. The code names for these processors are Caspian and Conesus.

Later in 2009, AMD will bring out a mainstream laptop platform called "Tigris," which will include a 45-nm processor, and "Kodiak," which will bring 45-nm AMD processors into the desktop space. In 2010, AMD will introduce a four-core, 45-nm processor for mainstream notebooks called "Champlain" and a new platform called "Danube."

In late 2010 or early 2011, AMD will switch its manufacturing from 45 nm to 32 nm. The processors built on 32 nm will be manufactured by The Foundry Company, the company AMD created by spinning off its manufacturing division.

Finally, in 2011, AMD will bring out three new processors that are based on new microarchitecture. One chip is called "Orochi," based on a new processing core called "Bulldozer." The second chip is called "Ontario," based on a processing core architecture called "Bobcat."

While Orochi is geared toward high-end desktops, Ontario is designed for ultraportable laptops and netbooks. The platform that will support Ontario is called "Brazos."

In addition to those chips, AMD will also introduce the first of what the company calls an APU, or accelerated processing unit, called "Liano." This processor is the first time AMD will introduce a processor that combines graphics and a CPU on the same piece of silicon. The platform that will support Liano is code-named Sabine, and will support Microsoft DirectX 11 graphics and DDR3 (double data rate 3) memory.