We are starting to see a few more netbook models on the market which make use of AMD’s hardware (E.g Acer Aspire One 521), but they are still very few and far between.
AMD are now looking to gain more of the netbook market share with their new AMD Ontario processor.
The new low power chip has been built with 40nm technology, and have been developed and targeted especially for netbooks.
It uses the low-power Bobcat core which features integrated DirectX 11 graphics, so we can expect to see better graphics performance than with the standard Intel Atom graphics (GMA 3150).
The Ontario CPU is scheduled to be released in the last quarter of this year, so netbook builders should get their hands on it before the year end. So all being well, we can expect to see an increased number of AMD powered netbooks on the market.
I’m sure it will take sometime for AMD to claw back some of the netbook market, but it’s always good to see some more competition in the market to drive things forwards, or prices down.
Update: An Ontario benchmark has been leaked at Hardware Infos, which sees the chip (CPU & GPU) going against the Intel Atom D510 and two other AMD chips.
The Ontario processor is clocked between 1.4GHz and 1.6GHz and manages to perform nearly twice as fast as the Atom D510. The Ontario uses 18W, where as the D510 uses 13W, so overall the Ontario has more performance per watt.