Netbooks are one of the most popular fads in the computer industry right now, and unfortunately for AMD the chip maker has nothing in its lineup that can compete with the Intel Atom. So instead of focusing on netbooks, AMD has decided it will push "big netbooks".
These will basically be cheap 14" notebooks with low-power AMD processors. According to FUD Zilla, AMD plans to offer single and dual-core sub 20W platforms (CPU + IGP chipset) for its "big netbooks".
Management at AMD got an idea from the Mac Air success and at the same time it noticed that Atoms are very good alternative a second PC on the road, but not behaving good as ones only PC. You simply cannot spend 10 hours working on a 10-inch computer, at least not if you are a grown man.
AMD’s 14+ inch Atom contenders will come out in the second half of 2009 and we suspect that Intel will counter AMD with its Atoms in the same form factor. The big danger for Intel is that once it launches Atom in 14 or 16 inches it will destroy its average selling prices on notebook chips even further, and this is something that everyone will try to avoid in 2009.