AMD sets sights on Windows 8 with low-power chip
Chipmaker AMD is preparing for the launch of tablet computers based on Windows® 8 this fall by readying new, low-power processors that are aimed to compete with Intel's Clover Trail chipset.
According to technology news provider DigiTimes, AMD will launch its Hondo processors during the fourth quarter of 2012. The chips are based on the 40nm Bobcat architecture and boast a power consumption rate of 4.5 watts.
According to AMD's roadmap released in February 2012, the Hondo series will also feature DirectX 11-capable graphics. As CNET notes, AMD has generally had an advantage over Intel® when it comes to integrated graphics, but the news provider doubts Hondo will be capable of running anything much more advanced than a casual game.
The Hondo chipset won't hog the spotlight for long, however. DigiTimes reports that AMD is also already planning for Hondo's successor, the Tamesh processors. Slated for release in 2013, Tamesh will likely boast greater CPU performance and even lower power consumption than Hondo.