Not it is official, AMD is going to ship a new processor, Conesus, a dual core CPU with a total of 1MB L2 cache (2x512KB), DDR2 and BGA package. Available CPU frequencies, TDP and pricing are still unknow. Also not clear is the production process: some news sites state that the AMD Conesus is going to be produced with the new AMD 45nm process, if you look at the AMD roadmap below (source gizmodo) you'll see that the Conesus is still using the 65nm process. To be noted that Intel Atom is also built using a 45nm process.
According to AMD officials, Conesus doesn't address the netbook market and will be shipped in ultraportable and mini notebooks/mini laptops. This looks like a contraddiction: I'd really like to understand the difference, if any, between a netbook and a mini notebook. For sure AMD doesn't wants to miss the huge netbook market.
AMD guys (see AMD blog) use the term mini notebook to refer to EEE PC, MSI Wind, Aspire One and so on.
Why is AMD saying that Conesus doesn't address the netbook market?
I got two reasons, both of marketing nature
- AMD wants to stress the fact that Conesus got more performance than Intel Atom. That's why AMD is basically saying: with Conesus you can do more than with Atom. It is actually true that Intel Atom is a bit too weak to be used in notebooks, it will be interesting to see whether or not Conesus will have a performance edge... of course don't forget that Conesus is a dual core CPU while actual netbook include only the single core Atom processor.
- The term netbook was introduced by Intel about a year ago, to refer to EEE PC and similar products. AMD doesn't want to use a term "invented" by Intel. Actually the word netbook was invented by psion a few years ago...