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AMD plans to take on Intel's Atom

Well, sort of...

AMD CEO Dirk Meyer says the company is working on a new low-power mobile platform which could take on Intel's Atom. Samples should ship sometime in 2010.

However, Meyer, who believes netbooks will fade away as a separate product category, says the new chips will be used for notebooks, not netbooks. The important thing to point out is that AMD expects the new platform to end up cheaper than the Atom, and in this ultra-cheap market segment, even a slight price difference could mean a lot. Another thing AMD has going for it is its prowess in IGP design.

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