AMD working on "ultrathins" alternative to Intel's Ultrabook laptop platform

Summary:In a move that should surprise no one, AMD is reportedly working on an Ultrabook competitor called "ultrathins" that may hit the laptop market as soon as next month (at least in Australia).But unlike Intel, which instructed its manufacturing partners specifically on how to build their Ultrabooks, AMD is apparently giving vendors more leeway in how they build their ultrathins.

In a move that should surprise no one, AMD is reportedly working on an Ultrabook competitor called "ultrathins" that may hit the laptop market as soon as next month (at least in Australia).

But unlike Intel, which instructed its manufacturing partners specifically on how to build their Ultrabooks, AMD is apparently giving vendors more leeway in how they build their ultrathins. The company supposedly won't mandate particular specs, though it hopes to base the platform on a new Zacate processor and the latest Radeon 7000 graphics.

Of course, many details remain to be seen, including which manufacturers are committed to the new platform, and how much these ultrathins will cost compared to Ultrabooks. Perhaps we'll get more information in January at CES, with maybe even a sneak peak at the new laptops.

[Via Tom's Hardware via The Australian]

Topics: Intel, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Processors

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