AMD Outlines Future Mobile Processor Architecture

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AMD Outlines Future Mobile Processor Architecture
AMD has outlined its new “Bobcat” microprocessor architecture for notebooks. It is an evolution of their current x86 architecture. Bobcat is very promising in the efficiency department; it will supposedly achieve 90% of the performance of current AMD mobile processors in a chip half physical size. It is also capable of running on less than one watt of power; entire areas of the CPU that are not being used can be disabled.

Unlike the Intel Atom processor, Bobcat has a feature called out-of-order execution (OoOE); it allows the processor to break apart and process instructions out of order, maximizing efficiency. Intel is not planning to add this feature to its Atom processors until 2012-2013.

Bobcat is scheduled for production in the fourth quarter of this year; expect to see products appear in Q1 2011, debuting at CES 2011 in January.

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