AMD has recently notified its partners it is developing a processor to enter the low-cost PC market alongside Intel's Atom and Via Technologies' Nano CPUs. The new CPUs will be officially launched by the end of this year, while related netbook products will begin shipping in the first half of 2009, according to sources at PC makers.
AMD's low-cost PC processor will be based on the company's previous-generation K8 architecture and will support 64-bit instructions. The CPUs will be a single-core model with a frequency of 1.2GHz and will be manufactured on the company's 65nm process.
AMD expects its low-cost PC processor to be priced slightly lower than Intel's Atom and has started negotiating with Micro-Star International (MSI), Hewlett-Packard (HP), Acer and vendors in China to win orders.
AMD declined the opportunity to respond to this report saying it cannot comment on unannounced products.