AMD CEO Dirk Meyer announced the company is working on a competitor for the Intel Atom. The solution from AMD promises higher performance, better power efficiency, better functionality, a more compact size and a cheaper price than the Intel Atom. Meyer says the product is aimed at notebooks, not netbooks, and that the first samples will be shipped in 2010.
Meyer emphasized that products based on the new platform will be notebooks not netbooks. Since netbook continue to improve in capabilities and the segment is becoming blurrier compared to regular notebooks, Meyer said he believes the term "netbook" will disappear in the future.
For the company's notebook segment, AMD currently has its Puma platform for mainstream notebooks and will soon launch the next generation Tigris platform, noted Meyer, while Yukon and Congo platforms will target the ultra-thin segment. The company is also developing a new notebook platform positioned between Yukon and Congo, Meyer added.