Updated December 13 at 12:05 Pacific Time with a comment from an AMD spokesperson.
In an interview with The Australian [paywalled], AMD’s AMD Australia and New Zealand country manager Brian Slattery said that the company is preparing a “ultrathin” line of AMD powered laptop’s to compete with Intel’s ‘Ultrabooks’.
Mr. Slattery told The Australian that the computers could be available as early as January, but didn’t confirm a specific launch date. AMD has yet to formally announce a name; though rumor has it they may opt for the moniker ‘Ultrathins’.
Mr. Slattery did confirm to The Australian that AMD doesn’t plan on being “prescriptive” in defining exactly what an ‘Ultrathins” configuration would have to be. Intel, in contrast, states that ‘Ultrabooks’ must be clocked at a minimum speed, and have neither optical drive nor solid-state storage. AMD would instead produce chips with integrated Radeon graphics on the processor consistent with an ultra thin form factor.
“A couple of months back, AMD said that we will introduce an APU-based platform specifically for ultrathin notebooks in 2012. In the meantime, AMD is supporting any of our OEM customers wishing to design ultrathin notebooks based on our current AMD C- and E-Series Fusion APUs,” said AMD spokesperson Phil Hughes in an email statement to Hardware Canucks. “OEMs recognize the differentiation AMD can deliver in an ultrathin form factor with our combination of superior visual experience, all-day battery life and a competitive price point. For any specifics and availability for new ultrathin notebooks based on AMD APUs, you should contact our OEM partners directly.”
More details on AMD’s planned ‘Ultrathin’ lineup are expected at CES in January.