AMD To Launch Hondo CPUs for Windows 8 Tablets

AMD is set to unveil a new set of processors based on the Bobcat architecture called Hondo that will target Windows 8 tablets as the release date of Microsoft's forthcoming operating system approaches.

Hondo - which will be released in Q4 - will be manufactured using a 40nm manufacturing process and will target Intel's Clover Trail-W Atom processors with a power consumption figure of up to 5W.

Acording to Monica Chen from Digitimes, AMD will release Tamesh processors that will replace Hondo by next year with an architectural leap from Bobcat to Jaguar with a jump expected in terms of performance and power consumption.

We expect x86 players like Intel and AMD to face some serious competition from ARM manufacturers like Nvidia, TI and Qualcomm who will push multi form factor devices (includes tablets) on the market thanks to Windows RT (Windows on ARM).

AMD tablets on the market are far and few. The only notable launch over the last couple of years was the Acer Iconia W500 which had an AMD chip with Windows 7 but was way too expensive and heavy and had a poor battery life.

Source : Digitimes