AMD shows 18mm thin reference ultrathin notebook based on Trinity

Subject: Graphics Cards, Processors, Mobile | February 2, 2012 - 11:02 AM |
Tagged: amd, trinity, hsa, ultrabook, ultrathin

Today at the AMD Financial Analyst day in Sunnyvale, Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Global Business Units, showed off a reference design from Compal of an 18mm think ultrathin notebook that they are obviously hoping to compete with Intel's Ultrabook push.

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The notebook is based on AMD's upcoming Trinity APU that improves on the CPU and GPU performance of the currently available Llano APU.  There weren't many details though Su did state they were hoping for prices in the $600-800 range would could but a lot of pressure on Intel. 

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February 2, 2012 | 01:58 PM - Posted by Jon Pennington (not verified)

Wanna' sell some ultrathins, AMD? Hire some programmers to fix the sleep/hibernate states (namely Linux kernel and INIT tweaks) AS the OEMs are shipping products. Keep a couple of patch repositories for the biggest, most current Linux trees. Build a set of quick'n'dirty apps for Linux and BSD environments that leverage the APU's performance gains, or even a patch for Handbrake that uses the APU to accelerate transcodes. Maybe a specific set of X server modules that perform better than the universal modules that you currently ship, since they only have to target the new ultrathin hardware. Intel spends a lot of time and money contributing to OSS projects; you should spend a little, too.

February 3, 2012 | 09:22 PM - Posted by wujj123456

Have to agree with Jon Pennington. I've been tempted to buy AMD products for a long long time, but end up buying Intel+Nvidia each time. Working with Linux is a must for me, and my friends had various problems with AMD hardware.

Intel's outstanding job in open-source drivers has been the No.1 reason for choosing against AMD, for my friends and me. Maybe we are special bunch, as we are computer science/engineering students. But hey, once you lose all computer science/engineering students, what do you expect to do in the future?

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