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Monday, 06 September 2010 09:07

AMD's Bobcat to be real competition to Atom

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Industry sources again

Things are picking up for AMD. They have one good thing going for them and it's called Bobcat, AMD's version of Atom. AMD will even go beyond as it promises sub-1W consumption and it should come in early 2011. Intel's all integrated Atom with CPU and GPU on a same die comes only in late 2011.

And in the meantime AMD has Fusion, its first Bobcat core powered with Radeon graphics, that will be good enough for the start but we are not certain if it will support DirectX 11. This is still way better than Atom graphics that cannot even handle HD video. AMD will deliver fluent HD playback and even full HD should be possible. The thing is that Intel has more power of branding and power in general over AMD and Intel will definitely get more design wins.

Intel has its first dual core Atom for netbooks shipping today and Atom won't get much better over the next year and a quarter, which is a good thing for AMD. Intel will still be able to secure design wins due its famous MDF (Market Development Fond) that makes many things much easier. The good thing for AMD is that its product might be technically better.

It’s been some time since AMD had a better product than Intel in any market segment, but we still need to see the battery life as this is where Intel always had the upper hand.
Last modified on Monday, 06 September 2010 10:39
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+33 #1 fudzillalololo 2010-09-06 10:30
So basically, you are saying what was already said 6 months ago and is common sense?
 
 
+39 #2 muziqaz 2010-09-06 10:57
Quoting fudzillalololo:
So basically, you are saying what was already said 6 months ago and is common sense?


and he is adding some stuff which is completely false :)
Fuad, Ontario IS DX11 compatible. Where were you when AMD showed Ontario platform running AVP demo in DX 11 mode?
At the moment Ontario is much more exciting than Llano and BD itself. Atom will be kicked left and right, and OEM who are not putting anything Ontario based are complete idiots or paid by intel.
 
 
+19 #3 yourma2000 2010-09-06 12:26
It will obviously be DX11, why would AMD develop an improved version of the K10.5 architecture but not include the latest in graphical technology?
 
 
+21 #4 Alexko 2010-09-06 13:26
Quoting yourma2000:
It will obviously be DX11, why would AMD develop an improved version of the K10.5 architecture but not include the latest in graphical technology?


Ontario isn't based on K10.5+ (or K10.6 if you will), that would be Llano.

Ontario is based on the new Bobcat core. Of course, it will support DX11 anyway.
 
 
+21 #5 muziqaz 2010-09-06 13:55
The interesting thing is that that new design let's amd to make extremely small chip which has 90% of todays mainstream AMD chips performance, and from the 1st boinc numbers it looks like it is eating Atom alive and with dx11 demo few months back it is very impressive chip.
 
 
+13 #6 yasin 2010-09-06 17:44
atom has to be the most pathetic cpu i ever came across.even for battery life lovers, there is the AMD Athlon X2 L310.1.2GHz clock speed, but dual core, so the equivalent of a 3.0GHz Pentium IV cpu/
 
 
0 #7 jeffkro 2010-09-06 23:29
If they make a version that is supported by mini ITX boards and supports HDMI video and audio, I might have to pick one up. Just waiting to see who comes up with the best low wattage hptc fusion or sandybridge. Who knows, the next generation of Atom might support full HDMI specs.
 
 
0 #8 terrace215 2010-09-07 04:52
Pineview Atom has had CPU & GPU on the same die since January of this year, Lincroft since May. So the last sentence of paragraph 1 is completely wrong.
 
 
0 #9 dondrei 2010-09-07 15:01
Well I already have a dual core Atom CPU in my Asus EeePC 1201n (ION) since quite some time now...

Yes of course that this config is not supposed to be "netbook" but dual core Atom for netbooks are already available before today... (of course higher wattage...)
 
 
0 #10 turingpest 2010-09-08 14:19
screw atom, bobcat is as fast as the original intel core architecture. netbooks with this are gonna destroy ion/ion2and atom based ones.
 

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