Either AMD has finally made their peace with the concept of netbooks, or they've finally admitted to themselves that it's useless to fight a trend. The company is about to launch a new “Fusion” line of chips, designed to work specifically in netbooks. These new chips are expected to launch at some point in 2011.
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Netbooked reports (via Hardware Central) that these new netbook-based chips will consume about 10-15 watts of power (about 1/3rd of what they draw now) and will be designed for 10”-12” netbooks. There will be “good integrated graphics performance” that will supposedly make Ion “unnecessary”.
That last claim should be taken with a big honkin' grain of salt. If AMD can release a netbook chip with integrated graphics that allow close to the same level of performance we see out of Ion netbooks, they'll have a very impressive product on their hands. I'll believe it when I see it.