AMD wants to eat Intel's notebook lunch

Tagged: amd, laptop, Technology
Source: Fudzilla - Read the full article
Posted: 4 years 37 weeks ago

Even the peanut butter sandwich

It is starting to look as if Intel's dream of protecting its notebook market from netbooks is going to fall flat on its face. Intel has resisted moves to make netbooks bigger and more useful but now it is starting to look as if it is failing. AMD, VIA and ARM seem to be targeting Intel's prize jewels and the world on the street is that they might just get away with it.

Arvind Chandrasekhar, general manager for business development at the India unit of AMD said that the idea of a seperate “netbook” is something that was a bit silly anyway. Flogging a half price notebook is something it can do and it makes sense. He said that there is a need for thin and light notebooks, but we are not sure whether they need to be put in a category called netbooks.

Intel of course wants to limit the use of netbooks to computers of a certain size. That way a bigger screen means a more expensive chip. Intel will lose shedloads if big netbooks takes off. A netbook traditionally comes with a $40 Atom chip while a regular one will have $200 chips. AMD's Congo already has four manufacturers signed up to use it in bigger than average netbooks. Our bet is that Intel will have its clock cleaned if it does not allow its chips to be used in big netbooks.

However Intel is in a damned if we do, damned if we don't position. The only thing it has on its side is that Microsoft is also not keen on big netbooks either. Big netbooks still require a cut down version of Windows 7. Redmond has agreed with Intel that it will only allow full versions of Windows 7 to appear in large screen netbooks. This alliance could stop things going AMD's way, but it is also possible that other things can be done to prevent it having too much impact.

Microsoft is likely to be more flexible than Intel if AMD can prove that it is a good idea to release a “netbook version” of Windows 7 for, example.

 

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GraysonPeddie
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Well, I'm not doing any serious work in my netbook. I gave my very-loud 15.4" laptop to my mom last year. I bought the laptop as of late 2005.

I 99% use my HTPC at home and I use my netbook for listening to Live365 while sleeping during the night. My netbook is running Ubuntu 9.10.

The time when I use a netbook for work is when I use a screen reader for Linux.

If I could use my netbook for watching HDTV using MythTV with 802.11n, I can use a netbook outside, but mine only has 802.11g and I can't afford 802.11g router and adapter for that.

I'll end my comment here as I'm going too far off-topic.

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Netbooks have their place, but try to use one for your primary portable device and you will soon find that's it's simply to small to do an serious work on.

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GraysonPeddie
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An AMD netbook would make a nice addition to my server and HTPC which uses an AMD processor.

Besides, why would I want to buy a laptop with a $200 processor? That's quite overkill for me.

HTPC: AMD Athlon X2 4050e CPU with 780G ATX motherboard running Windows 8 DP (4GB) and Ubuntu; Server: AMD AII X2 240e CPU with 880G-based ATX motherboard running Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS (8GB)

2 pairs of Insignia NS-B2111s (front/rear), Pioneer SP-C21 Center Speaker, and 12" Velodyne Sub

Just ordered HP Pavilion dv7-6165us from QVC. Will have it by next Friday.