AMD Roadmap Shows Plenty of Cheap "Ultra Value Client" Processors

Paul Lilly

AMD appears to be targeting the low pricing sector with a vengeance. Earlier this week the chip maker released three new affordable tri-core processors and introduced some price cuts, and the company looks to be coming out with what it's calling an Ultra-Value Client (UVC) line.

AMD's UVC processors will only be available through OEMs, which will allow OEMs to better target emerging markets and basic PC usage with form factors optimized to fit their needs. But lest anyone get the wrong idea, AMD points out that UVC products will be aimed at more than just the netbook market and be capable of delivering traditional PC performance.

UVC processors will be compatible with AMD's AM2 socket and S1g1 notebook infrastructures. Specifically, the Athlon X2 3250e, which will be available in Q4 2008, will come clocked at 1.5GHz with 1MB of L2 cache and sport a 22W TDP rating. Available now, the Athlon 2650e comes clocked at 1.6GHz with 512KB of L2 cache and sips just 15W. Both processors are being positioned above Intel's Atom DT 230 processor in terms of performance, but they both also consume more power.

Is AMD correct in thinking OEMs and the netbook crowd will be willing to sacrifice battery life for better performance?

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