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AMD Geode won't be in XO-2

Just a quick note this morning, that AMD will no longer be developing their Geode line of chips. This chip was the ultra-low voltage processor that powered the OLPC XO laptop and generally ran around 1W of power consumption (versus the 15W of other low-power alternatives offered by AMD).

Just a quick note this morning, that AMD will no longer be developing their Geode line of chips. This chip was the ultra-low voltage processor that powered the OLPC XO laptop and generally ran around 1W of power consumption (versus the 15W of other low-power alternatives offered by AMD).

Although the future of OLPC is uncertain at best, a post on Yahoo Finance notes the following:

OLPC representatives did not respond to a request for comment about Geode's future. But in an e-mail sent in late December, a spokesman said the group hopes to make some changes with the new laptop. "One challenge with [XO-2] has been to obtain the desired system-on-a-chip, while at the same time avoiding an exclusive arrangement with a single processor vendor," Jim Gettys of OLPC said at the time.

A Wiki page for the OLPC cites Intel and Via among companies that could potentially supply chips for the XO-2.

One more bump in the road for troubled OLPC.