AMD talked about two upcoming platforms for ultraportable notebooks at its financial analyst day; Congo and Yukon. These platforms aren't aimed at netbooks, but at thin devices with a display of around 13". Both Yukon and Congo will arrive in 2009 and will feature a sub 25-watt power consumption, this refers to both the processor and chipset.
Why? AMD's approach is to deliver "a full PC experience," Taylor said. "That's not what you can say about some of the Netbook-type products on the market today," he said. AMD will do this by tapping into the graphics chip technology from its ATI unit, according to Taylor.
"Customers are not satisfied with the experience on mini-notebooks," said Bahr Mahony, director, notebook product marketing at AMD, speaking during the analyst meeting on Thursday. AMD refers to Netbooks as mini-notebooks. Bahr said data shows that there are high return rates in Europe where many consumers have been snapping up Netbooks.
AMD's goal, therefore, is to offer a "more satisfying" experience on higher-performance laptop designs like the MacBook Air, Mahony said.
The Congo platforms features the dual-core Conesus processor, RS780M + SB710 chipset and ATI Avivo HD. The Yukon platform features the single-core Huron processor, RS690E + SB600 and ATI Avivo. Both platforms have a BGA design for slim systems, "superior" battery life and 802.11 and 3G connectivity. Congo is aimed at ultraportable notebooks while Yukon may also be used in netbooks. AMD's roadmap also unveils both platforms will be replaced by the Nile platform in 2010, Nile will feature the dual-core Geneva processor.