AMD is apparently close to releasing a 64-bit processor chip they have announced previously called ‘Bobcat’ designed to go head to head against Intel’s successful (though sadly unloved by Intel) Atom UMPC chip.
The Bobcat is rumored to feature the following specs:
- 1GHz clock speed
- 128KB of L1 cache
- 256KB of L2 cache
- 800MHz HyperTransport
- On-board memory controller will handle 400MHz DDR 2 chips.
- 8W Power consumption
- Within a 812-pin, 27mm² BGA package.
Considering the problems the Atom shortage has been causing UMPC vendors, this should be looked on as very good news indeed. Also, Intel could use some more UMPC competition. Between the Bobcat and the upcoming new chip from VIA, things are continuing to heat up in the UMPC market.