The launch of Intel Atom processors is expected to stimulate the MID/netbook market growth dramatically. It would be surprising if Intel rivals would pass on the opportunity to compete with them in this new market. There appeared a slide today revealing an upcoming AMD processor that is claimed to be the No.1 competitor to Intel Atom and VIA Nano.
This single-core 64-bit processor features 128KB (64KB + 64KB) L1 cache, 256KB L2 cache, features an integrated memory controller supporting one DDR2-400 SDRAM DIMM or SO-DIMM module. The CPU features a HyperTransport bus working at 800MHz frequency. The CPU runs at 1GHz clock speed and boasts 8W TDP. The CPU is designed in BGA packaging with 812 pins that measures 27 x 27mm.
In fact it is a simpler modification of the good old Athlon 64 adapted for the mobile and integrated solutions segment. Overall, this scheme reminds us of the AMD Geode NX processor family originating from the Athlon cores. However, if Geode NX used to be based on K7 micro-architecture, now the new processors have every chance to get a 64-bit K8 core.