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AMD To introduce Ultra Low Voltage Ontario APU

AMD has reportedly managed to produce an ULV version of its Ontario application processing unit, one that is based on the C-50 and runs at 1GHz.

The new model, which according to Japanese tech website PC Watch (opens in new tab) has been launched in Singapore, will have a TDP almost half that of the C-50.

It will still have a dual core processor but will feature a simpler memory controller with limited I/O features like one USB port and one HDMI port.

Still, like its bigger brother, it will come with a full-fledged DirectX 100 graphics module which will put it far ahead of anything Intel has produced for now.

At 5W, the chip is even more power-efficient than most Atom processors and could even prove to be a worthy competitor to some ARM designs.

The yet-to-be-named APU will apparently start to appear in tablets including at least one from Acer sporting a normal Windows 7 operating system.

We suspect that AMD may cut down power consumption even further by releasing a single core version of the C-50, one which would rival the Atom N270.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.