AMD’s Atom smasher – notebooks not netbooks and not yet

Sunnyvale (CA) – In a vaporware announcement unlikely to cause Intel to lose much sleep, AMD says it is developing a netbook platform that features lower-power, smaller-size, better functionality and a lower price than Intel’s Atom – but not until next year when the first samples will ship.

AMD CEO Dirk Meyer told Digitimes that the products using the new chip will be notebooks rather than netbooks, reasoning that the netbook name will vanish as the line between net and notebooks becomes ever more indistinct.

The company’s Puma platform for mainstream notebooks will soon be joined by the next generation Tigris, said Meyer, while Yukon and Congo platforms will target the ultra-thin segment. The new notebook platform will be positioned between Yukon and Congo.