Wednesday, November 10, 2010

zacate is here to fight intel-atom

Advanced Micro Devices (or AMD as it’s popularly known), looks ready to “clash chips” with Intel for netbook processors.  Integrating a graphics processor to the main processor is what AMD is banking on.

Kiss my Zacate, Intel

AMD has the “Ontario” and “Zacate” range of chips with the Radeon 6000 series graphics technology fused to the main processor, meant for 10-inch to 13-inch diagonal screen sizes. This may just give them the edge over the Atom.

"I would have to give the graphics edge to AMD particularly in Ontario," said Ben Bajarin, an analyst at Creative Strategies. "[Though] Atom will still have the edge in lower power and performance per watt and probably get into smaller form factors."

While the Atom’s integrated graphics does not support DirectX 11, AMD claims that their cards certainly will. Laptops with these chips should be releasing next year.

While both the Ontario and Zacate are quite similar, they run at different speeds, have single and dual-core versions and have power envelopes of 9 W and 18 W respectively. A brief overview:

•  AMD C-50 with AMD Radeon HD 6250 graphics: dual-core CPU at 1.0GHz: 9W (Ontario)
•  AMD C-30 with AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics: single-core CPU at 1.2GHz: 9W (Ontario)
•  AMD E-350 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics: dual-core CPU at 1.6GHz: 18W (Zacate)
•  AMD E-240 with AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics: single-core CPU at 1.5GHz: 18W (Zacate)